With funding now in place, construction on the new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment building in Little Current will begin April 5, 2019.
Brent Ross, communications branch with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, told the Recorder last Friday, “the new OPP detachment for Manitoulin Island, to which funding of $20 million is being provided for, is to be constructed on 488 Boozeneck Road in Little Current (Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands) beginning April 5, 2019 and is to be completed by July 15, 2020.”
As reported in last week’s Recorder, and again confirmed in an announcement last week, Bird Construction has executed a contract with the Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation to design, build and finance nine Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachments in nine Ontario communities on behalf of the ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the OPP. Bird will undertake the design and build for the project and will also own the concession responsible for the financing of the project through Bird Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary. This announcement follows successful negotiations with the respective parties after being named preferred proponent.
The provincial government re-announced last week that it is investing over $182 million to replace the aging police facilities infrastructure with nine new OPP detachments, “so communities can continue to receive modern, cost-efficient and high-quality police services essential to public safety.”
Along with Manitoulin Island the new detachments will be located in Moosonee, Fort Frances, Hawkesbury, Huron County, West Parry Sound, Mississauga, Marathon and Orillia and will replace facilities at the end of their useful lifespan.
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