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Phase four of downtown rehab could face further delays

Phase four of the downtown rehabilitation could face more delays before even getting off the ground. Construction on the yet to be approved project won’t start until at least 2020 as some of the materials needed will take a minimum of six months to order.

The plan would see 26 new street lights, 16 new bike racks, eight new garbage and recycling cans, and eight new benches installed between 100 Street and 98 Street on 100 Avenue. Project Technologist Conor Coney, who presented the report to the city’s infrastructure committee Monday, says the details are still very preliminary.

“We did assess some of the larger infrastructure items and they weren’t feasible. These were the ones that could be done with somewhat ease of installation,” he says.

“We didn’t go into too much detail. We looked at these items basically as the items that could be installed that would have less throwaway costs,” Coney adds.

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The current estimated cost for phase four is $585,000. Committee members voted to accept the report for information, with any and all final details still facing council approval.

During the budget discussions in November 2018, phase four progress was put on hold due to concerns over things like cost.

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