Construction aplenty in Truro

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Construction on a new Sunrise Vision Care on Prince Street in Truro is coming along well. The business is expected to open in early December. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News

TRURO – If it appears there are a lot of new construction projects in the Truro area, your eyes are not deceiving you.

There are numerous initiatives taking place simultaneously. Jason Fox, director of planning and development for the

Town of Truro, told the Truro Daily News on Thursday that the total value of permits issued this year as of August is $17,581,577. That is an increase of about $8 million compared to the August 2012 permit value.

Major new construction in Truro includes the Cougar Dome, valued at $2.1 million, and Sunrise Vision Care, valued at $800,000.

“We are having a very good year. We were up over $30 million in new construction (from) about five years ago,” said Fox.  

“In addition to the direct impact that new construction brings in terms of jobs, economic activity, and a healthy sense of vitality and growth, new construction also adds to the town’s tax base … so any increase in the tax base is generally going to have a positive impact on the fiscal health of the community.” 

On Thursday, nine people were working at the Sunrise Vision Care construction site on Prince Street. The business is currently operating on Victoria Street but the need for more space and technology prompted a new, larger location.

The foundation was laid about three weeks ago and trusses and the framework are now being worked on, said project manager Ken Eisner of Bible Hill. Eisner expects it will take two weeks to complete the roof, shingles and exterior work before diving into the interior.

“The completion date we are aiming for is Dec. 1,” Eisner said.

The Cougar Dome is on schedule for a November opening, said Scott Annand, who is president of the Cobequid Society for Athletic Excellence, which will manage the facility.

“Things are progressing very well,” said Annand yesterday of the structure that is situated behind the Cobequid Educational Centre and Colchester Legion Stadium.

He said the foundation’s concrete grade beam was complete and electrical work for the dome is nearing completion. In addition, foundation for the clubhouse has been poured and a contract for paving the facility should be rewarded the first of next week.

Hal Fowler, project manager with Fowler Construction, which is overseeing the building of the structure, said the actual dome is coming from Ontario and should be here “hopefully in three weeks. It should take about a month from start to finish for the actual dome.”

Also in September, added Annand, will be the installation of the tennis and synthetic track and clubhouse.

Other major construction projects around Truro include a new Access Nova Scotia building, near the Irving Big Stop in Truro Heights, and the roundabout on Robie Street. Those projects are under the jurisdiction of the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Department.

Tim Parsons, job foreman with Mid-Valley Construction from the Annapolis Valley, said the Access Nova Scotia site is coming along well. The floors, roof and shingles are completed and gyprocing was done Thursday.

“We will start the standing walls next week and all the wiring,

plumbing, mechanical still has to be done,” Parsons said. “It should be done at the end of October.”

The total cost of the facility’s move from downtown Truro was reportedly $75,000.

According to Pam Menchenton, a transportation department communication advisor, the $2.3-million Robie Street roundabout is on schedule for completion by the end of this month.

Menchenton confirmed on Thursday all that remains of the project is the installation of the curb, sidewalks and overhead lighting and painting lines.

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