Police station construction on schedule

Construction of Summerland’s new RCMP station is on schedule and on budget, municipal officials say.

Construction of Summerland’s new RCMP station is on schedule and on budget, municipal officials say.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the work is on track at present, but earlier this year, the project was facing a significant cost over-run.

In July, figures showed the project would exceed its $4.5 million budget by $300,000.

To save some of that cost, the municipality abandoned the rammed earth wall feature, in favour of a less expensive alternative.

Perrino said the project will be reviewed constantly.

“We’re going to do the very best we can to keep going in this direction,” she said.

The future of the existing police station, on Jubilee Road East, is still uncertain, but Municipal administrator Don DeGagne said the site will be put up for sale.

“We will be looking to market it,” he said. “We haven’t had any significant interest in it at this point. We’re open to all sorts of suggestions.”

The existing building was originally created as a restaurant in 1969. In 1975, it was converted for use as a police station.

In the years following, it has become too small as the present RCMP detachment has more than twice as many members as when the facility was opened.

The building has been showing signs of age for more than a decade.