Hazardous materials found at Northcrest Arena site

Liquids and hazardous materials were unexpectedly discovered – and needed to be cleaned up – at the demolition site of the old Northcrest Arena, according to a new report to councillors.

Northcrest Arena at 100 Marina Blvd. in the city’s north was demolished in March to make way for a new north fire station for the city’s fire department.

But in April, hazardous materials were discovered at the site, says a report councilors will consider at a general committee meeting on Tuesday – and it cost $192,061 to clean it up.

The report to advisers does not say exactly what type of hazardous material was found.

But it is said that the demolition contractor, Salandria Ltd. of Richmond Hill, carried out the cleanup with the “advice” of the project’s environmental consultant.

The report also says the incident has been registered with the Department of Environment, Conservation and Parks.

The cleanup added work to the demolition contract, the report says, and the city treasurer authorized the on-site contractor to do it quickly (rather than moving to a time-consuming bidding process). ).

In cases where emergency work costing more than $50,000 is authorized by a city commissioner, and where the expense would normally have gone through a competitive bidding process, a report to council is required.

Councilors will receive the report on Tuesday evening at their first general committee meeting since July.

The meeting takes place on Tuesday, rather than Monday, due to the Labor Day holiday.

The City Council had previously budgeted $245,661 including tax for the demolition of Northcrest Arena – this emergency work is on top of that cost, but the report says it can still be factored into the 10.9 million dollars set aside to build the fire station.

Construction was supposed to start this summer, but the city is still accepting bids from companies to build the fire station (the bid deadline is September 22).

It is expected to be the city’s first zero-carbon building.

The plan is for the city to replace its aging North End 2 fire station, currently located at 1558 Carnegie Ave. It was built in 1968 and does not meet today’s standards for modern fire stations and the property is too small to rebuild.

Meanwhile, Northcrest Arena was permanently closed a few years ago due to structural issues. The arena was built in 1967 and was designed to last no more than 20 years.

The city now plans to begin construction this month on a new, $65.5 million two-seat arena — plus a new library branch, to replace the permanently closed DelaFosse branch on the south end — at the northwest corner of Morrow Park at Lansdowne and Park Streets.

The new arena complex is expected to open in the fall of 2024.

Also at the Tuesday evening meeting:


Councilors will hold public meetings over rezoning applications for two homes in Peterborough – a former parsonage and a former nuns’ residence – which are used as single-family homes but whose zoning has never been updated.

In both cases, the plaintiffs are seeking to legalize single-family use of their homes – and planning staff are recommending that this be allowed.

The first house is located at 334 Rogers Street (at St. Luke Avenue), next to the Peterborough Theater Guild.

Built in 1885, this house was the presbytery of what was once St. Luke’s Church (now the theater guild).

The old presbytery is now a single family home and needs rezoning from utility to residential use.

The other house is located at 735 Woodland Street, across from Mount Community Center on Monaghan Road (formerly Mount St. Joseph Convent).

This house was built in 1989 as a clergy residence for the nuns associated with the convent, but changed hands last year and is now a single family home.

No changes are proposed to either house except for zoning designations.

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