Civic facility repairs — What about Kyle Centre ?

Civic facility repairs — What about Kyle Centre ?

Kyle Centre is not included in the current $10.5 million debt/borrowing estimate for urgent repairs (see post below). Why not?

2015-10-24-KyleCentre appraisal


Image from report to council, Oct. 15, 2013

In 2013, Kyle Centre was considered in more urgent need of repairs than most other city facilities.

2013 Estimated costs (repairs/investment): $420,404 (catch-up $207.9K; keep-up $212.5K; get-ahead $0).

From the October 15, 2013 report to council on city facilities …

“Kyle Centre: This facility is now over 35 years old. The roof assemblies have reached the end of their service life and require renewal. It is recommend that walls located above the roof plane be done at same time as the roofs to reduce the risk of water damage to the main wood structure and interior finishes. Skylights which are part of the roof assemblies and which use old technology should also be replaced. There are reported carpenter ants problems within the facility. As part of the required renewal of exterior wall assemblies and to reduce the risk of further carpenter ant problem, it is recommended to cutback/clear the landscaping around the building. It was reported that the Kyle Centre may suffer from functional obsolescence. For instance the office space does not function well and the dance room floor limits the type of activities that can take place within that room.”

Does the omission of Kyle Centre in the current borrowing plan have anything to do with this?

2015-10-24-Kyle mapsDuring the OCP consultation process when numerous concerns were raised, the public was told repeatedly there would be many future opportunities to comment on proposed changes, because the OCP was “a vision” — not a development document.

So let’s get the conversation started!

Future of the Kyle Centre

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2 Responses to Civic facility repairs — What about Kyle Centre ?

  1. Meghan Lahti says:

    Thanks for posting this. You are correct, we really haven’t made any strides towards making a decision regarding the future of this civic amenity. We have, however, done due diligence in terms of assessing the building and while there hasn’t been a formal decision made, the agreed consensus is that the building needs to be torn down. The question is, what do we replace it with. A redeveloped recreation centre could service the west side of the community, relieving pressure on the over capacity Recreation Centre in Inlet Centre. For sure there is a lot to talk about, and I was anticipating this conversation soon, perhaps in the next year. The issue is a pressing one, and while we could create a plan to build a new civic recreation/art hub on this property, to be paid for through CAC’s and DB’s obtained from Moody Centre TOD development, this would likely take too long, and may not be the best approach. We have been told that the potential sale of the Firehall and Works yard sites could yield up to $100m, a portion of which could be directed towards a project on this site as well. For sure there’s lots to discuss, and while we don’t have a funding source just yet, it’s not too early to start a genuine conversation about this.

  2. mccapm says:

    Regardless of the eventual outcome/decision, roof repairs should have been done years ago, not just throwing up a tarp. Timely maintenance is prudent for all civic buildings.

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