Parking lot stalled, arena expansion on track

Contamination may cause delay for former New Delhi site

A surprise may stall a new parking lot in downtown Vernon.

An underground storage tank was discovered after the former New Delhi building was demolished on 29th Street. There were petrochemical products inside the container and the surrounding soil is contaminated.

“Remediation has been contracted and the demolition is still under budget, but the installation schedule for the parking lot could be impacted,” states a city staff report.

“The parking lot was scheduled to be completed this year, but may not be completed until spring of 2018.”

Coun. Catherine Lord suggests the contaminated area be fenced off and the rest of the site be used for vehicles.

“We will have the parking even if it’s not paved yet,” she said.

Arena expansion proceeds

Progress is being made on the expansion of Kal Tire Place.

“The project is still on time and on budget,” Doug Ross, recreation manager, told Vernon council Tuesday.

“The walls are going up and the building is moving along quickly. The co-operation between the construction company, staff and user groups has been great.”