So far more than $14 million has been spent on the project, which bears the name of Dawson Creek’s former mayor, who died of lung cancer in October of 2008 at the age of 43.
Construction on the building began in 2010 with Preview Builders International, and was expected to be completed by December of 2011. The rest of the work will be finished by local general contractor Hegge Construction, with a hopeful completion date of summer 2014.
Most of what’s left to be done is in the basement of the centre, which will house dance, music and textile studios and a multi-purpose theatre. The building will be home to the South Peace Historical Society archives, a daycare and meeting rooms.
Of what’s been spent so far, nearly $3.2 million each has come from the provincial and federal governments, another $3.2 million has been borrowed, $2.3 million has come from gaming and $1.5 from reserves and taxation. An additional $716,500 has come from donations.
$3.6 million is included in the budget for 2013, which includes $1.6 million brought forward from previous years.