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Dozens of city-owned buildings could be sold: report

As many as 46 municipally owned buildings could be sold, saving operating costs and generating one-time revenue, city councillors will hear Nov. 13.
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As many as 46 municipally owned buildings could be sold, saving operating costs and generating one-time revenue, city councillors will hear Nov. 13.

A staff report detailing the state of the 608 city-owned buildings found that 13 buildings are surplus, while another 33 could be declared surplus if certain measures are taken. The report is a work in progress, with information on the estimated value of the properties in question still to come.

A list of all the buildings was circulated to all city departments, which were asked to classify the structures as either a critical part of the city’s infrastructure, surplus, or potentially surplus if facilities or services were consolidated.

Other highlights from the report:

-The city has 16 arenas, one of which is used by police for storage, while another is leased to the Northern Ontario Film Studio;

-There are four buildings at Pioneer Manor: the main building, the generator building, the storage garage and a portable building;

-There are 14 buildings being used as libraries, and another 13 for museums, although there are only three museum sites. Most of the other buildings are located at the Anderson Farm Museum in Lively.

-There are a total of 175 structures and buildings at 85 locations used for parks and other play structures for children. At Bell Park, there are 14 structures, including washrooms, change rooms, gazebos, storage buildings, the amphitheatre and the Workers Monument. Another major facility is Camp Sudaca/Moonlight Beach, which contains 11 buildings. There are also 11 structures at the Ella Lake Park in Capreol.

-There are three pools, three active ski hills and one ski hill that is no longer operating. Adanac Ski Hill has nine buildings.

-The water and waste water division maintains 173 facilities, including 22 groundwater wells, 69 lift stations, two water treatment plants, 10 waste water treatment plants, 14 booster stations, four sewage lagoons, nine reservoirs and tanks. At the Kelly Lake plant, the largest waste water treatment plant, there are 10 structures.


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