Sylvan Lake fire hall tenders delayed

Sylvan Lake’s fire hall isn’t expected to be ready until July 2015 — eight months later than originally anticipated.

Sylvan Lake’s fire hall isn’t expected to be ready until July 2015 — eight months later than originally anticipated.

Tenders for the $4.6-million fire hall are expected to be ready next month, says an update that went to town council recently. Construction is expected to start in April and take 12 to 14 months to complete.

Sylvan communication officer Joanne Gaudet said there were a number of issues that needed to be finalized, which led to delays, including site grading and servicing issues, landscaping details and a traffic impact assessment.

“It’s a growing area.

“We’ve got new residential around it and the Memorial Trail (which was upgraded last year with paving). The traffic impact assessment was fairly significant, to make sure we get that right.

“(And) some of the grading and servicing issues took longer than anticipated.”

Originally, the project was to have been tendered last fall.

The fire hall will be built on a site next to the town’s new RCMP station on Beacon Hill Drive and 50th Street.

The fire hall is part of council’s program to upgrade key facilities in the fast-growing town, where the population has topped 13,000.

A new RCMP station opened in 2012 and a new town administration building opened last year. A multiplex is in the planning stages.

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