A week after it was revealed taxpayers are on the hook for an extra $2-million in the Normal School revamp, officials with Fanshawe College are happy to report their work at the Kingsmill’s building is on schedule and on budget.
Fanshawe College received nearly $20-million from the city to help transform the Kingsmill’s building as part of its downtown expansion. Of that, $9-million was approved in a contentious city council vote just over a year ago; Fanshawe had asked for $10-million to complete the deal and council was only willing to chip in an extra $9-million after the London Downtown Business Association rallied its members to contribute $1-million.
Senior Manager of Corporate Communications with Fanshawe College Elaine Gamble tells AM980 that as of October, the $66.2-million project is in the pre-construction phase.
“We’re just finalizing that pre-construction activity and looking forward to finalizing and sharing some detailed designs and drawings and kicking off the official start of construction in the coming weeks,” Gamble explains.
“Our original timeline we’re still on track for – that was to move in part of our school of information technology in 2017 and then full occupancy in 2018 with the addition of our tourism and hospitality programs.”
While the Normal School revamp remains on schedule, it’s gone from an estimated 9.3-million cost to 11.3 million thanks to surprises including undocumented asbestos, collapsed sewers, and higher tendering costs.
The historic building in Wortley Village is still set to re-open in June 2016 with the YMCA of Western Ontario planning to lease it for at least the next decade.