2012 in review: Highlands hall inches along

The ball is rolling when it comes to the Highlands community hall

The ball is rolling when it comes to the Highlands community hall.

In the new year, Highlands staff will begin the search to hire a construction manager for the community hall project.

“We still have some balls in the air,” said district administer Chris Coates.

The district received a preliminary design of the 3,000-square-foot building, back in September.

A $400,000 grant was secured for the project in 2008, The Towns for Tomorrow grant has an expiry of March 31, 2013.

Highlands has requested an extension from the minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, but has not yet heard if that’s been granted.

A proposed Highlands development, located at 1150 Bear Mountain Parkway, has agreed to pay $486, 538 in exchange for the increase in residential density if the development moves forward.

A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7.

The community hall project is estimated to cost between $800,000 and $850,000. The new community hall has been in the works for years, but a location was not decided until July 18. The District accepted 20-acres of land from resident Fred York. The land is located at the corner of Millstream and Finlayson Arm roads.

 

York gave the land to the district in exchange for being able to subdivide his land.