The Ladysmith Machine Shop (File photo)

Machine Shop upgrades will exceed original cost projections

An estimated $450,000 is needed to make the Machine Shop habitable for tenants

A report delivered to Town council at the May 5 Regular Council Meeting shows that the upgrades to the Ladysmith Machine Shop will cost more than originally projected.

“Due to unforeseen factors, achieving a scenario where structural upgrades are complete and tenants can reoccupy the building is expected to exceed funds received from the Gas Tax grant,” the report states.

In January 2018, the Town received $1,752,553 in funding from the Provincial Gas Tax to restore the machine shop. In January 2020, roof repairs had been completed on the Machine Shop, and foundation and structural work was underway. A report delivered to council at the January 7 Regular Council Meeting indicated that construction had encountered unexpected challenges in the foundation work.

RELATED: Machine Shop improvements progressing despite unexpected challenges

Some of the Machine Shop’s heritage elements need to be removed to complete necessary restoration work. The report suggests adding the heritage features at a later date when funds become available is a possibility. The most notable elements removed from the Machine Shop include the large doors on the north and south ends of the building, and the exterior beams on the west side of the building.

Council was presented with four potential scenarios for completion of the project, each with approximate costs. The first option is boarding up the Machine Shop, and leaving it closed to the public. The second option would leave the Machine Shop ‘barely habitable’, and would cost an estimated $250,00. Neither of these options were deemed acceptable by council.

The third option that make the Machine Shop habitable will take an estimated $450,000. For the project to be habitable with non-structural improvements – which include an improved heating system, and restoration of the removed heritage elements – the costs could exceed $1 million.

Once foundation work is complete, Town staff expect to bring forward a revised project scope and a funding request to realize the ‘habitable’ scenario.

“This scenario is expected to keep additional required funding to a reasonable amount while also ensuring a reasonably well finished space for the tenants,” the report states.

Town Council did not commit to any funding decisions at the May 5 Regular Meeting of Council, as the report was meant to update council on the project, and not ask for any decisions.

“The reason staff is not asking for a decision on which option right now is because we need to refine those a bit more,” Mayor Aaron Stone said. “Level three is the preferred approach so far, and staff will be able to give us more concrete information that we can discuss in the future.”

Construction

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

First downtown parklet patio installed on 1st Avenue

Social distancing regulations will determine the total seat count

LSS students make video to commemorate 2020 musical

The LSS production of Newsies was cancelled due to COVID-19

Local handyman crafts emergency float from recycled materials

Pieter Stegeman built Air-Float-One to keep himself busy during the pandemic

Tent Island closed due to neglect and abuse from campers

Illegal campfires common on Penelakut Tribe reserve land

QUIZ: Do you know the truth?

In what has been described as a post-truth era, how much do you know about truth and lies?

NHL playoffs: Canucks to meet St. Louis Blues in Round 1

Vancouver takes on defending champs beginning Wednesday

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Missing teen visiting Courtenay found safe

She had last been seen going for a walk on Aug. 6

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

Gene editing debate takes root with organic broccoli, new UBC research shows

Broccoli is one of the best-known vegetables with origins in this scientific haze

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

Most Read