Pasadena faces financial hurdles for new rec centre

Paul Hutchings
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PASADENA  Council is scrambling to find a way of lowering costs on Pasadena’s new recreation facility after discovering the tenders for construction were all over budget.

The deadline for tenders was Aug. 6 and council has 60 days past that date to award the contract, otherwise it is to be retendered.

Town manager Brian Hudson said the project is currently about eight per cent above design costs and several options are being explored.

He said four tenders were received, with the lowest at just under $8.5 million. Engineers are working on the design to make it less expensive and they are working with the Department of Municipal Affairs to try and share any cost overruns.

“(Eight per cent) is not considered a large amount of money in the design process, but we’d rather cost share that on an 80-20 basis rather than taking on the burden by ourselves,” he said. “We are currently in those discussions with Municipal Affairs and we suspect that we’ll have an ultimate decision within two weeks.”

Further complicating the project is the municipal election, which is being held on Sept. 24. If that decision doesn’t come in two weeks, the two could overlap each other, meaning a new council may have to make a decision either way.

Funding for the project was awarded in the summer of 2011 and was announced during a visit from Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

Organizations: PASADENA Council, Department of Municipal Affairs

Geographic location: Pasadena

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  • Unknown
    September 11, 2013 - 22:02

    What a big disappointment they demolished our local rink and skateboard park for what some thing that just going to Hurt or town they don't have a clue of what they are doing

  • confused
    September 06, 2013 - 01:34

    Pasadena will soon find that these projects ALWAYS go over budget. If they are scrambling to find the extra 8%, just wait till all the other costs start running out of control. This project is going to end up hurting Pasadena in the long run. And it's the tax payers that will be left holding the bill.

  • good one joe
    September 05, 2013 - 13:44

    what about building it in little rapids; then its free for everyone; no charge for walking; unless MUN; city corner brook; get their hands on it; funny over budget?; so was canada games center in 1990s; by 4 million; was supposed to cost 17 mil.; so they downsized the place took out all closets and 3000 seats from hockey rink; and still came in over budget by 2 million; a place pretty well half the size cost 19 million; another 4 when annex had to be build after; for volleyball was the word; no place on west coast had gym roof high enough; what a joke; only in nfld lab; so we ended up with big white elephant; that too big for cbrook and too small to hold conventions for rest canada; even east coasters from stjohns to come too; build it pasadena; get the full meal deal the value for your money; dont make cbrook mistake; half ass building; build in mad rush to get mayor pollett elected (in 1997? was it) by a LIberal gov; almost 20 years later the roof still leaks; and you cant afford to heat the place; to let little cbrook kids to have a place to skate for heavens sake; if price walking to expensive at cbrook you may get fellows from bayofislands travelling to pasadena; to go for a walk; NO CHARGE PLEASE

  • Joe
    September 05, 2013 - 07:17

    Built it in Corner Brook and then the Pasadena residents dont have to pay anything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1