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Old February 28th, 2013, 06:27 PM   #101
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Garden City should quarterback interchange: Councillor


The City of St. Catharines, not Niagara Region, should be the quarterback for a $30-million interchange to the new west-end hospital if the province balks, says regional Coun. Andy Petrowski.

The Region is eyeing provincial help for a new interchange at Hwy. 406 and Third Ave. to support the hospital. But Petrowski, who represents St. Catharines, said he sees the hospital as a city facility rather than a regional one, and if the province doesn't come through with dollars, he figured the city should spearhead the funding hunt.

"If the province is going to shirk being the leader on this, I suggest St. Catharines has to be the lead," he said. "If St. Catharines is going to be the lead, because it's a city hospital, let them be the lead on funding."

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A graphic of the Region's preferred option for the interchange at Third Ave. and Highway 406.

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Old May 16th, 2013, 07:32 PM   #102
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Performing Arts Centre tenders were in yesterday

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May 15, 2013 – The bids to build the Downtown St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre are in and they look good.

The City received four competitive bids all under the $42.8 million council-approved budget for the above-ground construction of the PAC.

“We are pleased to see the extra time taken to refine the design of our new Performing Arts Centre will ensure we have a state-of-the-art facility that can be built within our set budget, as evidenced by the tenders we have seen today,” said Mayor Brian McMullan. “We are eager to move this project forward and see construction begin.”

The City issued the tender for the PAC construction last month to four pre-qualified bidders. The bids were revealed today during a public tender opening at City Hall.

The bids were:

Bird Construction $36,850,000

Buttcon Contractors and Engineers $38,735,000

Carillion Construction $37,600,000

Graham Construction and Engineering $37,270,000

This is the second round of bids for the project after the original tender issued last summer resulted in bids which exceeded the Council-approved construction budget. The project was redesigned in an effort to reduce costs and the tender was re-issued in April. In addition to submitting a cost to build the redesigned project, bidders were asked to submit costs for a series of other items, which may be added back into the project. Staff will now review each bid and consider including the additional items.

A report recommending the successful bidder will be presented to City Council at its May 27 meeting.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June with substantial completion expected in late 2015.

The St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre is a $54 million project and part of a venture to build an academic and cultural arts centre in Downtown St. Catharines. Brock University will build a new home for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in the former Canada Haircloth building as part of this venture.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 05:51 AM   #103
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It will be nice to see St. Catharines get a PAC! A city of its size could definitely support one, even though Niagara Falls is only a 10-15 minute drive!
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Old September 17th, 2013, 06:32 AM   #104
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How is the Meridian Centre coming along? I saw the cranes as I drove past last month, but I didn't have time to see much.
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Old September 19th, 2013, 07:20 AM   #105
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How is the Meridian Centre coming along? I saw the cranes as I drove past last month, but I didn't have time to see much.
You can check out a construction cam of the arena here:

http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/specta...litywebcam.asp

I would guess construction is right on time so far, it's expected to be completed in September 2014.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 02:13 AM   #106
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Here's a little item from last month

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New Merritton fire hall unveiled


It was like no fire hall John Downes had worked in before.

A St. Catharines firefighter for 25 years and retired for 19 more, Downes, 70, was wowed Saturday by the new Merritton digs fire crews will work out of.

"They didn't have stations like this when I was there," he said as he joined a crowd for the official opening of the new Station 4 on Merritt St. After a career working in every fire hall in the city, he had high praise for the $6 million station, which replaces the decades-old former fire hall in the area.

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Old January 6th, 2014, 04:42 AM   #107
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downtown construction

A picture of the new Brock Centre for the Arts going up

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Old January 6th, 2014, 04:48 AM   #108
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Meridien Centre Under Construction

Also taken last week

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Old January 6th, 2014, 04:54 AM   #109
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Downtown Construction

This may not be very clear but it is a picture of the valley showing the top of the Meridien Centre - taken from atop the Carlisle Parking Garage.

The valley is a beehive of activity with construction in full swing on the St.Catharines Performing Arts Centre, Meridien Centre, and the Brock Centre for the Performing Arts.


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Old January 6th, 2014, 10:16 PM   #110
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Thanks for the picture updates. It looks like the valley area is going to be really utilized now.
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Old January 7th, 2014, 06:30 AM   #111
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Welcome to the forums, tollertwo, great of you to keep updates on the Niagara region!
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Old February 13th, 2014, 08:11 PM   #112
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New residential in Downtown St. Catharines

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Major redevelopment for Hotel Dieu property


The mayor used his state of the city address to lift the lid on plans to redevelop the old Hotel Dieu property on Ontario St.

Mayor Brian McMullan announced a new $35-million residential condo-style development is planned for the former hospital site in a speech at a luncheon hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

“It is a really exciting development in the heart of our city,” McMullan said after the speech.

“It will really meet a need in our community, and it fits our vision and goals for downtown.”

Mountainview Homes and Walker Industries purchased the 17-acre property in 2006. Along with Diversicare, a long-term care residential care and seniors housing company, they will provide the $35 million investment, McMullan said.

“It’s the residential component we want,” McMullan said. “Between Mountainview and Penn Terra (a previously announced $40-million condo project to be built in St. Catharines), it’s over $70 million in residential development, which is greater than the city’s investment in the performing arts centre and the spectator facility. It’s remarkable that it’s happened in such a short period of time.”

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Old April 14th, 2014, 04:53 AM   #113
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Summer plans for downtown St. Catharines


St. Catharines' move to a permanent civic square downtown is going to take another year of experimentation, say city planning staff.

A report to city council says last summer's pilot project, which ran from the end of August to October, was successful, but too short.

Councillors approved another five-month temporary square for this summer, from May 26 to October 15.

It will be the same size as last summer: encompassing a section of James St. between King St. and the entrance to market square.

The Downtown Development and Revitalization Committee wants the square expanded to fill the whole block between King and Church, while the Garden City Plan calls for an even bigger square: running two full blocks along James from Church to St. Paul. However city planning staff recommended and councillors approved the smaller option for now, which affects a smaller section of the street.

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Old May 6th, 2014, 03:45 AM   #114
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May 2014 Burgoyne Bridge

Burgoyne Bridge Construction has begun

[img]IMG_0642 by tollertwo, on Flickr[img]

Not a great shot, but a close up view

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May 2014 photos of Downtown

Some updated photos of Meridien Centre, Brock, and Performing Arts Centre construction in Downtown St.Catharines.

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Old May 6th, 2014, 03:54 AM   #116
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Outlet Collection at Niagara

My apologies for the poor shot, but this is a photo taken yesterday of the new outlet mall being built on the outskirts of St.Catharines (it is about 570 thousand sq. ft). This photo is taken from Glendale Avenue; the mall is at Glendale and the QEW.

It is slated to open this month.

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Old May 8th, 2014, 06:22 AM   #117
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It looks like the arena is coming along well.

What is the plan for the old arena once the IceDogs move into the new one?
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Old May 8th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #118
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Council voted in January to close the existing Jack Gatecliff arena and the Rex Stimers arena; however, there is community pressure to keep these two arenas open at least for the 2014/15 season.

But the long term plan is closure.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 04:35 AM   #119
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St Catharines pics

Great pics Toller of St Catharines...would love to see pics of the new Burgoyne Bridge if they are available; told the bridge is suppose to be impressive.

Looking forward to seeing more pics of PAC and Brock School and Spectator complex.

Don't think the new hospital received any coverage and there apparently are several major construction projects planned along fourth Ave.

You are doing great work putting the city up front by showing the various projects.
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Old May 17th, 2014, 04:40 PM   #120
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I'll be in St Catherines today by lunchtime. Won't be spending a great deal of time, but hopefully will get a chance to look around at least a bit.
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