North Cowichan’s plans to replace the aging Crofton fire hall with a $4.8-million project will likely proceed.
Just six electoral response forms against the project were filed with the municipality during the Alternative Approval Process which closed on Aug. 22, while at least 2,868 forms against it were needed to cause the issue to go to a referendum.
Now that elector approval has been obtained, North Cowichan can move forward with the next step in this process, which will be adoption of the loan authorization bylaw at the next council meeting on Sept. 7.
The existing fire hall in Crofton was constructed in 1964.
A number of assessments and studies have concluded that the it’s in immediate need of seismic upgrades and urgent repairs, and given the cost of these repairs, it was recommended that the older section of the fire hall be demolished and rebuilt in its current location.
The proposed fire hall building would be approximately 3,600 sq. ft. and includes training and administration space, as well as dedicated storage space for equipment, gear, and electronics.
Members of North Cowichan’s Crofton fire hall have been without adequate training space since 2019 when the second floor was closed due to load-bearing issues.
The new fire hall is expected to serve the community’s needs for 50 years.