Company slaps lien on former Janeway

Province says action will not affect plans for long-term care facility

Rob Antle rantle@thetelegram.com
Published on March 15, 2010

An environmental consulting firm has slapped a six-figure lien on the former Janeway hospital site.

Envirotech Solutions Limited filed the claim for a $237,776 lien against the Department of Transportation and Works and Kelloway Construction Ltd. last month.

Companies use such liens as a way to secure payment for work on construction or repair projects.

Kelloway Construction was awarded a $924,129 contract by the province in December 2007 to demolish the former children's hospital in Pleasantville.

An environmental consulting firm has slapped a six-figure lien on the former Janeway hospital site.

Envirotech Solutions Limited filed the claim for a $237,776 lien against the Department of Transportation and Works and Kelloway Construction Ltd. last month.

Companies use such liens as a way to secure payment for work on construction or repair projects.

Kelloway Construction was awarded a $924,129 contract by the province in December 2007 to demolish the former children's hospital in Pleasantville.

The troubled project fell behind schedule after the contractor and government clashed repeatedly over the presence of asbestos contaminating the site.

The province repeatedly issued safety directives about the site, stopping work at the old Janeway on two separate occasions.

Officials expressed concern that asbestos-containing materials were not removed from the building before demolition began.

Kelloway Construction cited environmental studies it commissioned that supported the contention there was little reason to worry about asbestos contamination there.

Envirotech Solutions was the environmental consultant hired by Kelloway.

But the province hired its own consultants, who expressed concerns about asbestos at the site.

Demolition work began in September 2008. The timeline for the contract's completion has been repeatedly pushed back. In April 2009, the government said the removal of debris from the site should be complete "within weeks."

The Department of Transportation and Works now expects that work to be finished by May 2010.

"The clean-up of the former Janeway Hospital site is in its final stages," departmental spokesman Roger Scaplen said in an e-mail.

"There is some additional remediation work that remains to be completed on a few small areas of the site."

Scaplen said the lien in question relates to a commercial dispute between the contractor for the Janeway demolition and one of its subconcractors.

He said that, by law, a lien cannot be placed against government property.

The province announced last fall that it plans to build a new long-term care facility at the old Janeway site.

But Scaplen said that project will be built on the location of the former Janeway Apartments, which is a separate property from the former Janeway hospital site.

"The dispute in question has no effect whatsoever on this project," Scaplen noted.

Envirotech did not return a Telegram phone message. Kelloway Construction has declined to discuss the Janeway situation in the past.

rantle@thetelegram.com