Comment 68889

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 01, 2011 at 13:05:55 in reply to Comment 68886

After extrapolating on Monday's Bill Kelly show that the cost would be $34-40 million - staff have estimated the cost will be $3-5 million - Mayor Bratina said in today's QA with the Spec that the cost will be $3 - $37 million:

The clean-up costs of West Harbour have been given as a range of between $3 million and $37 million dollars.

Can anyone cite any published staff reports that make this cost estimate? It rather sounds like he just took the lower bound of the actual staff estimate that was published and joined it to the upper bound of his own extrapolation from the Waterfront Trust remediation of a different property.

I'm happy to be proven wrong if there are actual numbers we can refer to.

Update: It looks like the Mayor is citing a preliminary estimate from early 2010. From a Feb. 19, 2010 Spec article:

A preliminary environmental assessment showed cleanup costs could range from $3.3 million to $37 million.

However, more detailed study subsequently brought the estimate down to $3-5 million. From a May 8, 2010 Spec editorial:

(it's worth noting that remediation costs, initially feared to be as high as $37 million, will be more like $3 million to $5 million

I'm trying to figure out why the Mayor, who was actively involved in last year's stadium debate as the downtown councillor, would be aware of the former estimate but not the latter.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2011-09-01 13:41:30

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