New West End Fire Hall Construction Continues To Be Delayed
Monday November 2nd, 2015
Posted at 6:59pm
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Delays continue to stall construction of a new fire hall on the corner of Daytona Avenue and Northwood Street.
In April 2014, planned construction was halted by the Ministry of Natural Resources after it was suspected the site may be home to species at risk.
In May 2014, the city hired Amec Foster Wheeler to complete a Preliminary Ecological Site Assessment. The results confirmed the presence of Butler’s Gartersnakes, as well as habitat features potentially used by SAR snakes.
A report was sent to the Ministry of Natural Resources which included information on how the city would target salvage and relocate of SAR snakes.
The information is currently before the Ministry of Natural Resources. Upon a satisfactory review by them is complete, a public notice of the project
will be posted on the environmental registry for 30 days. Should no obstacles be encountered during the posting period, the permit can then be drafted, finalized and submitted for the Minister’s decision.
It is anticipated that the project will be posted on the environmental registry sometime in November 2015 and that the permit will be issued shortly thereafter.
Targeted snake salvage will occur in mid-April 2016 after the mating period. Construction of the new fire hall is then set to commence following that.