Warwick on track for October opening of complex

In October, a welder worked on the roof of the new community centre . It's expected to be complete in October.

After years of planning, and some significant construction delays because of the pandemic, officials are feeling optimistic they’re on track for an October opening of the East Lambton Community Complex.

When construction on the $11.5 million complex began last May, officials were hopeful. But the pandemic caused shortages of building materials and labour issues.
But Amanda Gubbels, the administrator of the township, says construction is moving along well now with the target opening date of October within reach.

“My understanding from our general contractor is all of our supplies are ordered and scheduled and are on site, so they don’t anticipate any additional issues,” says Gubbels noting occasionally the contractor may wait for a day or two for supplies.

With the rooms taking shape and drywall going up, there are other signs the replacement for Centennial Hall is close to completion. The Y, which will run the wellness centre, is advertising to hire a manager now. “The YMCA of course needs to recruit someone to bring on in advance, so that they have someone who’s responsible for recruiting their own team and setting up the area,” says Gubbels.

And another facet of the effort to raise $2 million from the community launches this week. “We do have a mailer to go out to all municipal homes and businesses scheduled for this week, so we’re hoping that will potentially drum up some interest from our local community for personal donations. We’re optimistic.”

At last count $1.4 million had been raised.