THUNDER BAY – Work at the court house is continuing in the downtown south core. Workers have removed the crane that tipped over. The ramifications of the collapse are evident on the east side of the construction site. On Monday, the boom of the crane hit across the top of the building.
On the east side of the building, the concrete facade is being removed and inspected. Workers have pulled the sides off of the building.
Informed sources tell NetNewsLedger that moves at the site are underway to speed up work, and get the project moving forward to meet both time deadlines and other requirements.
Over the course of the winter, reports came in regarding potential problems with drywall in the building with insufficient heat being used during the taping and mudding of interior walls. The new Court House, which former Premier Dalton McGuinty told a Thunder Bay audience is a $500 million dollar project is being promoted as a major addition to the downtown South Core.
South Core Merchants Confident
Many of the business and building owners in the area are planning upgrades to their buildings. Right now while there are many vacancies in the downtown South Core, there is also a growing spirit of optimism. Business owners are sharing ideas, working together, and discussion new and innovative ways to boost the region.
The efforts of making the downtown region work are involving many components of the city. Police have boosted their presence in the downtown core, especially in the evenings. Concerns over problems with licensed establishments have the Alcohol and Gaming Commission apparently taking a little more notice of problems in the area. That is an concern that has taken a great deal of time. If the AGCO steps up to ensure that the requirements of the legislation are followed regarding the serving of alcohol, the entire South Core will benefit.