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Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre

Since project approval and previous Council direction in July 23, 2018, staff and consultants have continued with detailed design and refined costing of the HJCRC facility and program. The approved program included an Aquatics centre with 50 M and leisure pools, Gymnasiums, Arena, Curling, Fitness, Silver Harbour Seniors' Activity Centre, Multi-Purpose rooms, Children’s area, Youth Centre, Active Zone including a new skate plaza and more.

In November 2018, Council requested that staff consider additional risk mitigation and cost containing strategies. A report was generated for Council’s consideration at the March 4, 2019 Council meeting which included a number of cost reduction and risk mitigation measures. Council’s consideration of the report and further project direction to finalize program and costs has been deferred to a future Council meeting.

 

See March 4, 2019 Report - PDF and Presentation - PDF to Council.


Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre Preliminary Design Plans 

PROJECT PHASING

As noted in the reports to Council in March 2018, the financing of the new Harry Jerome Community Recreation Centre is tied to the development of the lands to the south (current HJCRC lands). Darwin Properties have received rezoning approval for the development of these lands and are in the final stages of lease negotiations with the City of North Vancouver. With the approval of the HJCRC project in July 2018 the project team had been directed to proceed with detailed design, tendering and construction of the $200.7 M project. Subsequent to that, in November 2019 the newly elected Mayor and Council have requested staff to provide additional risk and cost mitigation strategies prior to proceeding to the tender and construction phases.

The project cash-flow for the new HJCRC has been identified as a critical component. HJCRC funding is required to be in place prior to starting the construction of the new HJCRC. The current funding plan includes provision for loans as well as income from the land lease of the S23rd lands, however the income generated from the lease to Darwin is only realized when the lands are transferred.

The opportunity to implement the S23rd lands in phases would provide a revenue stream to the HJCRC project, and would decrease the risk of funding the project entirely by loans. After careful consideration of phasing options, the project teams are considering a schedule that would allow the development to proceed as follows:


HJNL Phase One – 2019-2021
Lawn Bowling facility relocation to Mickey McDougall Field (construction of new greens and clubhouse). The relocation has been approved by Council on July 23rd and planning work is already underway. 

Once the Lawn Bowling facility has been relocated, the site of the current greens, clubhouse and tennis courts would be leased to Darwin, and construction of the two buildings currently proposed for that site would begin. The construction of these two buildings would be anticipated to be completed in 2021. In addition, a temporary skate park would be constructed at this site (design and location to be finalized) facilitating the start of construction of the HJCRC at the site of the current City Skate Park.

HJNL Phase Two – 2021-2023
The site of the current Memorial Community Centre building and adjacent parking at the corner of 22nd and St George's would be scheduled for construction. The programs provided through NVRC would be re-located to other sites as possible. The construction impacts of this site would have significant impacts on the Silver Harbour Seniors' Activity Centre. The City and Darwin have negotiated a temporary re-location for Silver Harbour to one of the new buildings at the corner of 21st and Eastern. The current proposal provides Silver Harbour with 18,000 square feet of space on the 2nd floor of the brand new building, and the costs associated with the temporary re-location would be borne by the City. Silver Harbour have received approval of their membership to proceed with confirmation of this plan. 

HJNL Phase Three – 2023

Upon completion of the new HJCRC, Silver Harbour and all HJCRC programs would re-locate to the completed centre, and the current HJCRC lands would be handed over via land lease to Darwin for completion of the residential development.


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