PORT AUX BASQUES – The New Municipal Depot on Hopedale Avenue in Grand Bay West is on budget, but a bit behind schedule admits Town Manager Leon MacIsaac. Via e-mail, MacIsaac confirmed that the project is now past the completion date set by the contractor and consultant.
MacIsaac wrote that the Town is still waiting for all deficiencies to be completed prior to sign off by the consultant and province.
Deficiencies in this case do not refer to a failure, but refer to where the construction company has sufficiently completed the project to a point that the consultant, the province and the town are satisfied that there are no major issues that still need to be resolved.
MacIsaac says that some items cant be completed until the spring, but they will still be able to take ownership once other matters are addressed.
“There were delays attributed to equipment and product delivery timelines, provincial department approvals, etc. which are all attributed to COVID-19,” explained MacIsaac.
The Town has yet to announce an official opening date, although the last estimate for completion was near the end of August.
“We expect that the building will be available for occupancy by the end of the month should there be no further issues to resolve,” wrote MacIsaac.