Brief: Total costs of City Hall renovations to date revealed

The total cost of city hall renovations since 2013 is $410,651, but it's yet to be seen whether the entire project will end up costing the city over $1.5 million.

Revelstoke city hall. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

While it’s still yet to be seen whether final city hall renovations will cost nearly $1.7 million, a report tabled to council shows the cost of the project since 2013 is $410,651.

Renovations have taken longer than expected after work was started in the summer of 2013 and stalled when the city ran out of money. So far the ground-floor office space has been demolished and renovated and the building’s exterior and interior have had various repairs, plus a staircase and accessibility ramp have been added.

2015’s costings total of $230,000 is $110,000 less than the originally anticipated $340,000. This includes $20,000 for a preliminary review and look at design options for the remainder of the renovations, which will indicate whether more spending on city hall is needed.

Council has deferred approving finance for several projects to the building by a year, including the decision on an elevator to 2018.

The city’s final budget for 2015-19 will be adopted by council before May 15.

Follow this link for the April, 2015 city report on renovation costs.

Emily Kemp is a freelance journalist and frequent contributor to the Revelstoke Mountaineer.