Building permit revenues soar in resort municipality

By Jim Brown
 
Look up, look way up.

The Resort Municipality of Cavendish had budgeted for $2,000 in revenues from building permits this year. But the revenues were more than three times that, at $6,491.24. And there is still two months left in the fiscal year, ending March 31.

“It was obviously an underestimate,” said Mayor Matthew Jelley, at a public information meeting on Feb 24
to gather input on the resort municipality’s operating budget, capital budget and five-year capital expenditure program.

Mayor Jelley suggested part of the reason for the sharp rise was developers trying “to get ahead” of looming national building code changes which will increase the costs of construction.

“There are two factors that led to the number of building permits (going up). One is the feeling that people are trying to get ahead of the building code, and second, the province is in a period of unprecedented building construction and the resort municipality is part of that,” he said.

“The national building code, generally, makes the requirement for architect and engineer stamped drawings more explicit and will expand it out to properties that currently aren’t covered by the Architect’s Act and the Engineering Professions Act. For the most part there are increased requirements under the National Building Code for energy efficiency…”

Projects must be built to take into account a changing and more hostile climate, featuring more and fiercer storms and a greater risk of flooding and other natural disasters.

Commercial projects must include architect’s drawings and because of that, whether they are built before the national building code’s changes are implemented or after, must still reflect those anticipated changes.

For residential developments, up to a certain size, architect’s drawings are not required and therefore “builders can build to their own best practices, which may not be strictly to the building code,” said Mayor Jelley.

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Stanley Bridge Centre renovations underway

Say goodbye to the porta-potty!

More than $80,000 worth of renovations are underway at the Stanley Bridge Centre, including two new washrooms, work on the front entrance, sewer and water connections and a new kitchen. Repairs to the roof are also planned. Adam Perry (in photo), owner of Big Dogs Construction in Freetown, along with his crew, began work on the site April 3. The renos should be done by the start of the farmer’s market season. The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society, the building’s operator, is in the midst of a major fundraising effort to help pay for the renos. Anyone who wants to contribute can contact Jim Brown at peijim@hotmail.com.


Photos by Jim Brown

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Big changes coming to Stanley Bridge Centre building this summer

By Jim Brown

By this summer visitors returning to the popular Stanley Bridge Centre, home of successful farmers markets, history circles and concerts, will see some big changes.

For one thing, the port-a-potty at the back of the building will be gone and a leaky roof fixed.

As much as $35,000 will be spent making necessary improvements, which should make it easier for food vendors to set up.

“We’re going to do a renovation that will expand our entrance, give us washrooms, give us a kitchen, and completely do the roof (including the steeple),” said Don Reid, a member of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society’s board of directors.

The work includes a ramp to improve access for people with disabilities.

Mr Reid hopes to have the project started sometime in mid to late March and finished in time for the busy tourist season.
“Right now I have two, possibly three vendors who are interested in renting the centre from us.”

The board has even bigger plans for the future, which would require more than $400,000 to completely renovate the building, including putting in a new foundation.

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Annual General Meeting set for May 21

The Stanley Bridge Memorial Society Inc.’s annual general meeting will be held Wednesday, May 21 at 7 pm at the Stanley Bridge Centre (former Stanley Bridge United Church). Learn more about the exciting things that are happening within Stanley Bridge, including a new farmer’s market slated to open at the Stanley Bridge Centre in July. Bring a friend or several friends. All are welcome.

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Moving Pews

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Wednesday, May 14, was clear-out day at the former Stanley Bridge United Church, where valuable items, including several pews, were moved by volunteers from the building onto flatbed trucks. The trucks moved the items to another location where they were placed in a large shipping container for temporary storage. The building is being renovated for a wide range of future uses, including hosting a Farmer’s Market in July.

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Preparing for Renovations

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On April 17 members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society spent several hours clearing out damaged and surplus items from the former Stanley Bridge United Church to prepare the building for extensive renovations, which include work necessary to host a regular farmer’s market, beginning in July. Many of the items were taken by truck to the nearby Waste Watch recycling facility for disposal.

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Preparing for Renovations

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On April 17 members of the Stanley Bridge Memorial Society spent several hours clearing out damaged and surplus items from the former Stanley Bridge United Church to prepare the building for extensive renovations, which include work necessary to host a regular farmer’s market, beginning in July. Many of the items were taken by truck to the nearby Waste Watch recycling facility for disposal.

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