Demolishing the Civic?
Kate Bouey - Nov 14 - Biz Releases

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Vernon city council is being asked to OK a staff recommendation to investigate how much it would cost to demolish the 80-year-old Civic Arena.

In March, city councillors toured the dilapidated ice rink and vowed public consulations on possible renovations.

In May, Coun. Brian Quiring, an architect, said it would be too expensive to upgrade.

Vernon-based Bourcet Engineering, which previously looked at the old structure, said in a letter it would cost $11-12 million to bring it up to code so it could withstand an earthquake.

“The most significant required code upgrades relate to seismic considerations, and the ability of the Civic Arena to withstand a seismic event,” says a staff report. “The major building system upgrades associated with repurposing include the roof systems, the walls, the foundation and the connections between these building systems.”

A staff recommendation before council on Tuesday states that “based on the structural upgrade requirements and projected costs associated with repurposing the 80-year-old Civic Arena, council direct administration to prepare a report detailing cost estimates and potential funding sources for demolition.”

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