nearly 3 years ago:
Victoria councillors voted Thursday to replace, rather than refurbish, the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. It will now be up to Victoria taxpayers to approve or reject the borrowing of needed funds Just how much the city will need to borrow is yet to be determined, but councillors capped total cost at $69.4 million.The 45-year-old facility needs major repairs and equipment replacement.
Helps said she’s “very optimistic” that external funding will be found to lower the cost for Victoria taxpayers. She said Crystal Pool is a regional facility that is widely used, making it an attractive funding target for the province. She noted the federal government will soon release Phase 2 of its infrastructure funding program.
Helps also noted that next year is Victoria’s 150th anniversary as the capital of B.C., which might attract funding.
Staff had presented councillors with three options: retrofit the existing facility at an estimated cost of $40.9 million, retrofit and expand for $57.1 million, and build new at $69.4 million.
this city can't even punch its way out of a wet paper bag. there will no pool before 2025.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 13 November 2019 - 07:38 AM.