Death knell for the Courtright Silverdome

Mould and water inside the Silverdome in Courtright. It is likely to be torn down.

Alex Kurial/Local Journalism Initiative

Barring some sort of miracle the dilapidated Silverdome in Courtright is likely headed for demolition in the new year.

The hall has a laundry list of required fixes to even make it safe to use, including rust, mold, concrete cracking and water damage. An engineering report says it’s not even known whether all the repairs are possible, particularly given the corroding metal exterior which needs to be sandblasted.

The estimated cost of repairs according to St. Clair Township staff was quoted at $272,000 in March, but it’s already believed the current number is probably higher and would continue to rise.

A demolition would be far cheaper, staff said, at $37,100.

“We have not taken any of this lightly as this is a beloved building in the community,” says Kendall Lindsay, director of community services, in a report to council.

“We have shown this project to several contractors and now an engineering company that all believe it is a better option to demolish the existing facility and build new,” says Lindsay.

Council didn’t discuss any concrete plans for a new hall but did hear it could cost up to $3.75 million to replace.

This is up about $1 million from the previous quote. Staff attributed this increase to the “lumber boom.”

But the final nail wasn’t put in the hall’s coffin just yet. Deputy Mayor Steve Miller says he’d like to have a meeting with groups who used the hall, such as the Optimist Club, and see if there’s any final ideas or suggestions on repairs or alternatives to demolition.
Lindsay says he’ll set up the meeting soon. If feelings remain the same after, council will approve with dismantling of the 60 year-old hall.

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