Wakefield, Quebec community centre seeks materials, labour

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by Trevor Greenway on April 29, 2010

Wakefield La Peche Community Centre Co-operative President Stephen Sabean signs federal/provincial agreements as La Peche Mayor Robert Bussier and Director General Charles Ricard look on

Wakefield La Peche Community Centre Co-operative President Stephen Sabean signs federal/provincial agreements with La Peche Mayor Robert Bussier and Director General Charles RicardÂÂ

The $3.7 million that the provincial and federal governments are giving the Wakefield La Peche Community Centre Co-operative is actually $440,000 less than originally anticipated, given that the funding doesn’t cover items to be included in the building.

“Things like library shelving, furnishings, appliances and office equipment are not eligible,” said project co-ordinator Gwen Shea, in a statement. “In addition, costs for some materials and site work have come in higher than originally forecast through the redesign process.”

The co-operative will receive roughly $3.2 million compared with the $3.9 million that  it originally expected.

According to Shea, after the public consultations on the design, the co-operative – along with architects and engineers involved in the project – tried to incorporate the public’s suggestions. But the building just got “too big,” forcing them to scale back the design to its original size, at just under 19,000 square feet.

“We had to go back, re-look at the budget and see what we could do without compromising the building,” said Shea.

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One aspect that will help keep the project on budget is incorporating more work at the community level. That’s the reason the co-operative is calling on the community for contributions of large quantities of wood for siding and millwork, as well as gravel for the parking area.

“It can be by donation or a reduced fee,” said Shea.             “We would prefer a donation.”

Another measure that will help keep costs down is the free use of La Peche municipality construction equipment. All that’s needed to run machinery are licensed operators.

“We are going to do landscaping and site prep work ourselves,” said Shea.

As to its design, Shea said the building is much the same as it was when public consultations were held. The drawings are nearing being approved, but the project must be within budget. The public will have a chance to see the design before its approval, with no further input.

“The design is what it is,” said Shea.             “And we will have a beautiful community centre.”

The co-operative hopes to break ground for the $4.9-million facility sometime in June. For more information and for a complete list of needed materials, visit the website at www.wakefieldcentre.ca.