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Richmond to spend millions replacing aged infrastructure

RICHMOND (NEWS1130) – Those living in Richmond could soon have a new firehall, aquatic centre, and seniors home built and operational by 2018.

The $110-million project would see the Minor Seniors Centre and the existing aquatic centre flattened and rebuilt as part of one larger complex.

Mayor Malcolm Brodie is expecting final council approval next week and says those who live there couldn’t be happier.

“The seniors at the senior centre are very assertive in insisting that the facility that they now have is far too small and it’s outdated,” says Brodie.

The pricetag also includes rebuilding the city’s largest firehall at Gilbert and Granville, one of few still in need of seismic upgrading.

Brodie is hopeful the entire project gets rubber-stamped at a council meeting next week. If that happens, construction would begin in 2015 with the final touches completed some time in 2018.

He says all three improvements are necessary, not frivolous.

“These are not new, nice to have projects. These are replacements of old, worn-out facilities and have long been identified as needing replacement.”

In the meantime, temporary housing would be set up at a former RCMP building on Minoru Blvd and the project would also see a roof erected over the outdoor Steveston pool.