Seniors centre cost too high say Councillors


The projected cost of the proposed Senior Center on College Avenue is not sitting well with several City Councillors. Councillor Jim Turner and Jamie McIntosh thinks that $19.9 million for the new 36,000 square foot senior center is just too high. Based on the size of the proposed center, the cost would be about $550 per square foot. Turner says he’s spoken with several contractors in the city, and they feel that the number should be closer to $300 per square foot. That would drop the cost to about $10.8 million. Chief Accounting Officer Marete Hegglund says the gymnasium and the commercial kitchen has boosted the cost of the senior center.