Tuesday, October 12, 2010  
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Council has received an estimate on the total cost to demolish the Crowsnest Centre, though any action that might be taken will be the prerogative of a different council.
At its last meeting of the term, on Tuesday, October 5, council took a look at the demolition cost estimates. Director of Operational Services Myron Thompson went through the estimates with council.
In total, it is estimated that it would cost $561,000 to demolish the entire facility, plus $30,000 in tipping fees for disposing of the rubble and $82,000 for the removal of hazardous materials, such as asbestos.
This totals $673,000 for the demolition. Thompson noted that this estimate does not include any permits that might be required, nor the cost of infilling any excavated areas.
He also added that the $82,000 estimate for hazardous materials removal might be a little low, since removing asbestos from the much smaller Maplevue Hall cost $50,000.
 
However, said Thompson, the Centre is not as bad for hazardous materials as one might think, given its age.
Overall, he said, he would likely recommend a 15 percent contingency increase if the project were budgeted. This would bring the budget cost to approximately $770,000, plus the noted unknown costs of permits and infill.
This is slightly more than half of the estimated commercial value of the empty land, which was appraised at $1.4 million earlier this year.
According to the Municipality, a total of $85,295 has been spent on legal fees related to the Crowsnest Centre, including the petition, the plebiscite, and negotiating with Lethbridge College.
In addition, the Municipality has operated the Centre since December of 2009, and has registered a loss of $155,000 in that cost centre from then until September 29, 2010. A total of $30,670 to upgrade the M.D. McEachern to accommodate new arrivals from the Centre.
If all of these costs are accounted for and come in as estimated, the total profit to the Municipality for selling the Centre property would be approximately $360,000.
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