The new Resources Centre building on High Street is in its last push as the town looks to an early May move-in date for the new occupants.

The new Resources Centre building on High Street is in its last push as the town looks to an early May move-in date for the new occupants.

High Street building gets finishing touches

The floors are in, the walls are up and painted and workers are busy putting the final touches on the High Street building.

Delayed by rain, the project is still on its way to final completion.

The deadline was originally set for March 31 as required  by grant funding contracts.

“It will be substantially complete,” said Ruth Malli, Ladysmith city manager.

She said the building has an occupancy target date of May 2 or 4.

The rain was a major cause of the delay, Malli said.

Jack Owen, site supervisor, said the project is coming along.

“The shell takes awhile,” Owen explained, adding the workers follow the flow of construction in getting the project done.

“In a week it will look very different.”

The building has four washrooms upstairs, three downstairs, an elevator, offices and a reception area.

Outside, there is a public gathering area for a market and celebrations and trolley access.

“It’s a visual and economic connection to First Avenue,” Malli said. “We’re hoping people will come up from First Ave.”

Owen said there are 40 to 50 workers at the site on any given day.

“The crew has done an amazing job,” Malli said.

The High Street building will house the Senior’s Centre, Resources Centre and the food bank.

The entire High Street project is budgeted at $5.2 million.

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