/Museum addition to cost more than anticipated 

Museum addition to cost more than anticipated 

By Chad Ingram

Published Nov. 24 2016

An addition to the Dorset Heritage Museum will cost quite a bit more than initially estimated by the museum committee.

“My cost estimates were probably low in terms of reality” committee member Gord Henderson told Algonquin Highlands council at a Nov. 17 meeting.

While the size of the planned addition has grown from 800 square feet to 960 square feet the per-square-foot cost of construction will cost more than Henderson had initially anticipated.

“It looks like we’re going to be short about $89000 to complete this project” Henderson said who’s had discussions with an engineering firm as well as the township’s chief building officer.

While Henderson’s earlier estimate had put the per-square-foot cost of construction at less than $100 his updated budget included an estimate of $225 per square foot moving the estimated total cost of the project from approximately $127000 to $216000.

Council will support a grant application to the Canada 150 Fund which provides 50 per cent funding for project.

Henderson said the committee which will also try to raise funds in the community was also hoping council might allow access to township reserves that could be transferred for the purpose if necessary.