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City of Regina searching for contractor to fill Capital Pointe hole

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The City of Regina is looking for a contractor to fill the Capital Pointe hole at the intersection of Alberta Street and Victoria Avenue.

The city issued a tender on March 11 calling for remediation of 1971 Albert St. city will be hosting a contractor information session on March 19 at city hall.

This next step in the saga of Regina’s most infamous hole comes after more than six months of judicial decisions.

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In July, the Saskatchewan Building and Accessibility Standards Appeal Board ruled in favour of developer Westgate Properties Ltd., allowing them to continue construction.

On Oct. 1, the company announced plans to continue construction.

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The city took the appeal board’s ruling to the Court of Queen’s Bench in October. A judge ruled that the development could continue the next month. Westgate was told they must restart work at the site by Dec. 8. That did not happen.

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On Feb. 5 the Saskatchewan Building and Accessibility Standards Appeal Board issued a 14-page decision saying Westgate must backfill the site and remove all road obstructions by the end of March 2019. If not, the city could begin that work and charge Westgate through their property taxes.

Westgate had 30 days to appeal the board’s decision, but did not have a lawyer or engineer retained at the time.

The city of Regina issued the following statement on the tender:

In the event that Westgate Properties Ltd. does not comply with the order upheld by the Saskatchewan Building and Accessibility Standards Appeal Board by March 30, 2019,  the City will become authorized to take action on Westgate’s behalf.

In preparation, the City has commenced a public procurement process to continue the work of filling the hole at 1971 Albert Street. A request for proposal has been issued and is available for viewing at www.sasktenders.ca.

The City will not be commenting further at this time.

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The city’s tender closes on April 11. There is no posted timeline for when the hole is expected to be filled.

With files from Colton Praill and Cami Kepke.

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