Construction is expected to begin in late August or early fall on a new mechanic shop for the District of Coldstream.

Construction is expected to begin in late August or early fall on a new mechanic shop for the District of Coldstream.

Details coming together for mechanic shop

District of Coldstream anticipating work to begin within next few months on new mechanic shop

Coldstream is hammering out the details for a new mechanic shop.

The district expects work to start in late August or early fall and continue into 2013 to replace the current mechanic shop with a larger, more accommodating space and upgrade the site.

Last November, residents voted in favour of allowing the district to borrow $1.33 million to construct the new facility. Coldstream budgeted for $1.49 million in order to give itself some contingency cushion.

To date, estimated construction costs, including consulting fees, are $1.409 million. Consultants are also currently working on a final pre-tender estimate and there could be some additional cost savings.

“If anything, cost estimates will likely go down because we’re looking at things we can take out,” said Michael Stamhuis, Coldstream chief administrative officer.

“We’ll be going from there and hopefully going to tender fairly soon.”

The proposed project will include the demolition of an existing storage shelter, construction of a new maintenance shop, and major site servicing work to accommodate the planned changes.

The new facility includes three bays as well as associated storage, office and ancillary spaces.

Site development work for the project is extensive and includes the demolition of an existing shed, bulk earthworks and imported fill for the new addition as well as an unpaved parking area.