Courtyard revamp would cost $234K

In this Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 diagram from a city council agenda, consultant Lashley + Associates lays out a $234,387 concept design to fix up the courtyard outside the Justice Building on Pitt Street. The consultant will present the design to council tonight. (City of Cornwall/Lashley + Associates via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – A revitalization of the courtyard outside 340 Pitt Street is estimated to cost up to $234,000.

That’s depending on what one of the four concept designs city council chooses to go ahead with after hearing tonight (Monday) from an engineering consultant.

Council is just expected to hear about the $55,000 courtyard revitalization design study but is not expected to make any decisions.

The four options change the layout and elements by varying degrees, which include the water fountain, flag poles, trees, the gazebo and a bike rack.

The consultant’s preferred option – and the most expensive one too – would move the flag poles and also create elevated stages within the courtyard.

The so-called Class “D” estimate of $234,387 is considered accurate within 20-30 per cent.

It’s not the first time city council has looked at sprucing up the area outside the Justice Building.

In January 2016, a $2.4 million project, which had been cleared by the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) but was too rich for the majority of council.

The city has been wanting to address the courtyard since 2015, due to pooling or rain water, slip and fall hazards in the winter, deteriorating concrete and accessibility to the Justice Building.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall.