Former Kamloops news building to be demolished

The former Kamloops Daily News building to be torn down this summer.

  • Jun. 26, 2017 11:15 a.m.

— Kamloops this Week

The former Kamloops Daily News building will be coming down — likely at a cost of more than a million dollars, bringing the city’s cost to buy the property, demolish the building and run a failed referendum in-between to more than $6 million.

Kamloops council on Tuesday will be asked by staff to approve awarding a demolition contract to Dakota Reclamators Ltd. for $498,000. With additional related costs — $200,000 for scope of work and contingency, $100,000 for design, project management and contract administration and $300,000 to create an interim parking lot and landscaping on the property at Seymour Street and Fourth Avenue — the total cost is pegged at $1.1 million.

The Daily News closed in January 2014. In March of that year, the city bought the property from Glacier Media for $4.8 million. In a November 2015 referendum, voters rejected a proposal to build a performing-arts centre on the site, with the cost of planning the vote estimated at more than $400,000.

In April, council agreed to have the city conduct a public bidding process for the demolition of the building and complete a detailed design, with cost estimates for a proposed interim surface parking lot on the site. On May 16, a negotiated request for proposals (NRFP) was issued for demolition services.

Four proposals were received and evaluated, with the report to council noted the proposal were evaluated from highest to lowest scores (including, but not limited to, the price of the work):

  1. Dakota Reclamators Ltd.
  2. McColman & Sons Demolition Ltd.
  3. 3R Demolition Corp.
  4. Brentwood Enterprises Ltd.

Demolition is estimated to take 12 weeks, with the parking lot expected to be ready by the late fall, depending on weather. If the weather does not allow for completion of the work in late fall, the parking lot will be surfaced with gravel and completed in the spring of 2018.

Funds for additional work have been added as historical building foundations have been discovered on site and will need to be removed as part of the project.

Just Posted

The annual Kikinee Salmon Festival returned to Kelowna

The family day of fun encouraged kids to learn about Mission Creek Park

Lake Country approved rules for pot shops

District ready to deal with retail applications once pot becomes legal in Canada Oct. 17

Kelowna mayoral candidate’s sign set aflame

Bobby Kennedy’s sign was set on fire on Saturday morning

PHOTOS: Vernon Minor Football full of family fun

Three games against Kelowna Junior Sun Sunday, Sept. 23

Long awaited second power line in West Kelowna postponed

The power line was set to be completed in 2020 and will now be installed in 2025

Meet the Chef: Kai Koroll, executive chef at Block One restaurant

Koroll honours the terroir of the Okanagan in every dish he serves

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Trans Canada now open west of Chase, ‘heavy delays’

Few details available about crash that closed Trans Canada Highway west of Chase Sunday, Sept. 23

Oliver to get new sheriff from graduating class

Oliver will be one of a number of B.C. communities to get a member of the recent graduating class

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Most Read