Re: Fire hall site is a winner, PNR editorial April 24. Yes, for the Mary Winspear Centre it’s a windfall for sure. Not so much for us taxpayers though.
Given the formula of land lease payments stated, that’s going to be in excess of $12,000,000 over the lease period, depending on inflation. And, comparing the cost of the building and amenities to the new View Royal fire hall isn’t going to work. The mayor says Sidney’s has to be “iconic.” I’d guess it’ll be in excess of $10,000,000 if all the costs are included.
So, it’s not only us that’ll be paying for this, it’s also our great great grandchildren. That’s if it lasts that long.
Our previous fire hall only lasted 26 years. I’m not even sure that we’re done paying for it.
Cliff Fuller, Sidney