$ 3.8M more for the revitalization of Galt
It will cost the City of Sherbrooke about $ 1 million to demolish the buildings it acquired along Galt Street West, between Saint-Antoine and Alexandre Streets. The city also voted an additional $ 3.8 million to complete the acquisition of the buildings, deconstruction and decontamination of the land, bringing the total bill for the project to more than $ 8 million.
The initial budget was approximately $ 5 million. Deconstruction should begin in December.
The City has already spent $ 3.2 million on the acquisition of the buildings, which will be demolished to expand Galt Street West and build a six-storey building with 116 social housing units. It is expected that another $ 1 million will be required from owners of four buildings that were expropriated without reaching a sales agreement with the City.
“The $ 3.8 million voted [Monday] night will be used for soil decontamination and deconstruction of buildings,” says Marie-France Delage, Deputy Director General at the City of Sherbrooke. We hope, however, not to have to spend the whole amount. A request for financial assistance for the Climat-Sol program could recover 50% of the costs of transporting and treating contaminated soils.
“If we have good news at the Administrative Tribunal for Homeowner Agreements and Climat-Sol, we could bring the bill back to the cost we originally estimated,” says Delage.
The Galt Street lands are contaminated with metals, petroleum hydrocarbons and polycyclic hydrocarbons. This will require the removal of 8,200 metric tonnes of contaminated soil and 860 metric tonnes of residual material.
For the decommissioning of the nine buildings, which was initially valued at $ 2 million, the contract was awarded to Entreprises Géniam for $ 989,500. This is the same company that will proceed in the coming days to the deconstruction of buildings on Wellington Street South. The City believes that it has obtained a better rate because of the succession of demolition activities.
On West Galt, a sidewalk adjacent to the site will be closed. A traffic lane will also be closed during a portion of the work.
The City plans to widen Galt Street West between Alexandre and Belvédère Streets, as well as adding a multifunctional runway. She will take the opportunity to expand the Alfred-Élie-Dufresne Park.