The North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee is clearing the air on some rumors that are now out in the community regarding the new arena.
CRD Vice-Chair Ted Armstrong, also the Director for Area A, says one is about the location of the new facility…
“Well number 1, we’re not moving the arena location. We’re not tearing down the old one and building a new one there.”
“Of course the other thing is the quality insurance people came in way higher, which is a normal thing but as the drawings get more finalized we expect that to come down.”
Armstrong admits, however, that he thought it might be 2 or 3 million over in the first survey.
He says they have three more Quantity surveys coming before they have to make any decisions.
An architect suggested at the last Joint Planning Meeting several ideas to bring down the cost of the project including building it on the same location as the old one, reducing the number of seats or making it just a bare-bones arena without the home change room or the multi-purpose room.
The first Quantity Survey pegged the cost at around 22.4 million dollars, well above the budgeted amount of 17-million.
The Committee did make one decision on the cost though and that was to change the front facade of the building.
It will, if approved by the CRD Board, have less outside wood and glass for a savings of roughly 600-thousand dollars.