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Lake’s new town square completion set for mid-July

Work on Lake Cowichan’s new Renfrew Town Square is “back on track” according to the Town of Lake Cowichan’s superintendent of public works.

Originally, the town square was supposed to have been completed by the end of June, with the likely finish date now the middle of July.

But that is good news for the town’s council that was beginning to fear the work may not be completed until the end of July.

“Basically the work is back on track,” said superintendent Nagi Rizk at a recent town committee meeting.

Rizk confirmed work on the new stage at the town square will then move onto paving.

Apex Landscaping is the company working on the square, visible next to the new Vancouver Island Regional Library in Lake Cowichan.

“They are working on walls and seating and the paving is about to start,” said Rizk. “This week we should start to see it all taking shape. Mid July is a safe completion date.”

Despite being saddened initially that the work had fallen behind, Mayor Ross Forrest was delighted to hear the positive news from Rizk.

“I’m glad it’s back on track and going well,” said Forrest at the meeting. “It’s starting to take shape and then people will be able to see what it looks like.”

Councillor Bob Day asked Rizk if the building contractor Apex has a plan in place to repave the parking lot entrance to the library.

“Yes, the plan is to do that when the paving work starts,” said Rizk, who also confirmed that any liability problems lie in the hands of the contractor and not the Town of Lake Cowichan.

“We are getting the signs back for the town square from the Advisory Planning Commission soon and they are going to look nice.”

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