Island Savings Centre parking lot closure coming this summer

The Island Savings Centre has gotten the OK from the Municipality of North Cowichan to overhaul the main parking lot

The Island Savings Centre has gotten the OK from the Municipality of North Cowichan to overhaul the main parking lot at the west entrance of the building.

A paving study, conducted in 2015, confirmed the poor condition of the lot and its substructure.

The project to rehabilitate the lot begins June 28 and will be co-ordinated with the municipality to replace the sanitary sewer line that runs under the parking lot.

The project will see the lot closed in two stages, beginning with the west entrance at James Street, blocking access to the drop-off zone, short-term parking, and the electric-vehicle charging stations, followed by a full closure around July 10.

The project is geared for completion by Sept. 6.

The entrance to the building and sidewalks will remain accessible as much as possible throughout construction.

The Island Savings Centre and library will maintain regular hours during the project.

“The new parking lot combines public safety with environmental sustainability”, said Terri Askham, centre manager.

“Features will include improvements to traffic flow with a focus on pedestrian safety through a single entry and exit point from James Street, raised crosswalks, new lighting and a marked drop off zone at the front doors.”