Nelson Star Article ~ Nelson Commons construction on track

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Nelson Commons will be open to residents as of the end of July, 2016. - Bill Metcalfe

Nelson Commons will be open to residents as of the end of July, 2016 — Image Credit: Bill Metcalfe

by  Bill Metcalfe – Nelson Star

The Nelson Commons construction project is on track, says project manager Russell Precious. He says the building is progressing in three stages.

“The west end is always ahead, that is the lead phase. They are forming for the second floor slab. In the mid section they are pouring the first floor slab, and in they east they are  forming for the first floor slab.”

The anticipated move-in date for tenants is the end of July 2016. Thirty-nine out of 54 units have sold, with four more in the final stages.

Precious said there have been no serious delays other than the incident in which two people were arrested for climbing the crane  several weeks ago. That cost the project $8,000 because it required the job to be shut down for six hours for the crane to be inspected. He hopes it won’t happen again.

“We don’t want anyone to get injured, and we want to send the message that this might seem like a fun extreme sport, but it isn’t.”

Precious said working alongside the Hall St. construction project has taken some coordination  because it created occasional access issues and because some members of the public think the street closures on Hall are a result of the Nelson Commons project.

The ground floor of the development will be the home of the Kootenay Co-op’s new and significantly expanded store.

However, the anticipated signature tenant for the other commercial space in the building, BC Wineguys, will not be moving in after all. Jim Pattison’s Overwaitea Foods has bought the store’s wine licence and will be moving it out of Nelson.

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