Costs climb at clubhouse

The costs are climbing to convert a long abandoned building into a recreational space.

The City of Vernon is pumping an additional $21,000 into renovating the former Lakers clubhouse on Cummins Road after $60,000 had been approved earlier this year.

“Hopefully we will be able to rent it out and get some of the money back,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

It was believed that $60,000 would be sufficient to take the vacant structure and turn it into a community centre for special events and recreation programs.

However, the initial inspection by city staff and contractors didn’t reveal all of the problems in the building.

“There were some unexpected shortfalls when doing the renovations,” said Doug Ross, recreation services manager.

A new underground conduit was needed to relocate the electricity while the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system had to be replaced because of corroded and collapsed ducts under the floor.

A kitchen will also be installed, and upgrades are needed to the exterior grounds for aesthetic and safety reasons.

The $21,000 will come from the city’s casino reserve fund.

Despite the higher renovation costs, Ross is confident the facility will be an asset to the community.

“It’s looking really good and people are already wanting to rent it for weddings and we will have kids camps out there in the summer,” he said.

Other uses are also being considered to ensure that the facility is utilized as much as possible.

“We are looking at trying to put in after-school programs in there and we’d be targeting the students from Okanagan Landing and Ellison schools,” said Ross.



Vernon Morning Star