November 29, 2022

Good news! Things are starting to move

  • Jeffrey Ng has advised that the due date for submission of quotes for rebuilding by the 3 construction companies is December 16.
  • Demolition may start by as early as next week
  • We have received an Interim cheque from the Insurance company sufficient to pay off the balance of our loan with TD bank plus approximately $300000 which will be placed in a high-interest account until needed for an advance to the construction company once selected.  We still do not know what the final settlement will be.
  • Initial discussions with the Provincial Government indicate a good possibility that we may be considered for partial funding by virtue of our provision of new day care spaces

We continue to trust in Divine Order. No doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.

We have received a cheque from Northbridge Insurance re reimbursement for contents lost in the fire.  We had provided a detailed list of contents totalling about $40,000.  However we have been reimbursed for the depreciated value less $10,000 deductible so the cheque is only about $14,000.  At the same time, we received  a statement under separate cover, saying that this amount was a partial payment.  Thomas is following up re how they calculated depreciation and whether there is additional to come.

We have heard from Rob who is the project manager for GFL Environmental, the demolition contractor and, at his request, have arranged for the gas and hydro meters to be disconnected.  The gas meter is not being disconnected until November 28 and demolition cannot start until that has been done, so we can hope for demolition to begin in December

We have also heard from Jeffrey Ng who is the senior cost consultant preparing the "Assemblies and Finishing Details" document.  This outlines in detail, the specifications to reconstruct the building as it was.  Rick Goffic, Gilles Brouard and Norm Street have all reviewed the documents and forwarded several corrections.  Once the final version of this document is prepared, it will  be the basis for the Request for Proposal which will be sent by the insurance company to 3 construction companies.  The lowest of the 3 bids will be the amount that will be available for construction.  We can then apply that amount towards the construction of an upgraded building if we wish.

Gilles has been working on some design drawings for alternative layouts (reflecting some of  the ideas shared at our visioning meeting) and he estimates the value of such a building will be about $1.4=$1.5 M., considerably more than we will receive from the insurance company.  If we opt to go in that direction, we will need to do significant fundraising and/or refinancing.   Thomas to touch base with the Credit Union to see if they will consider granting us a much larger mortgage than we have been considering, given the amount of equity we will have in the property.

We take one step at a time, knowing that we are taking the perfect amount of time for each step to be completed in Divine Order and are grateful for each person assisting us on this journey.

October 20

We have been advised by the insurance adjuster today that the decision has been made to demolish the building as the estimated cost to repair is likely going to exceed rebuilding costs due to the age and construction of the building as well as additional costs regarding hazardous materials.

The bid process for demolition of the building is complete and the contract for demolition and debris removal has been awarded to GFL who are currently working on permitting and approval with Workspace B.C. due to hazardous materials

The bid documents for the rebuild request for quote process are being prepared.

September 27
Although we have not yet had a formal report, the claims adjustor advises that the building will likely be demolished and they have an appraiser pursuing bids for demolition.   He also advises that they are confirming our lease agreement with the day care and that we are covered for loss of income.
So, while we still need to be patient, things are starting to happen and we will continue to post updates as appropriate

September 9
The appraiser and structural engineer did their inspections today.  We should soon have some news.


GOOD NEWS!  Shazia and Naved Ansari of Green Trails Montessori Daycare have been able to locate space so they can welcome their children back on September 6!  They will be located at Woodlands School.   We hope to see them back at Unity some day but meanwhile we wish them every success. Your donations to the Go Fund Me page are still very much appreciated.

Many people have inquired how they can help the day care as they locate and equip a new temporary location.  Here's how

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August 23:                                              PATIENCE PLEASE

The insurance adjustor today advises me that they still need to have a structural engineer determine
- Whether the building is structurally sound
- Whether it can be made code compliant
They will also need a hazardous materials evaluation to determine whether there are considerations re lead, asbestos, etc.
Then they will have an independent appraiser do a cost analysis of renovation vs. rebuilding

This process usually takes about 2 months.

And so, we wait, blessing everyone involved in this process, knowing the presence of Divine Wisdom, Divine Order and perfect time.

This page will be updated regularly as soon as new information is received.  

About 25 of us gathered Saturday, including Miss Shazia and her daughter, Rev. Vicki did a beautiful job of facilitating and leading the sharing. Tsumqwatun honoured us with song and his wise words and we all got to express our sorrow and our hopes moving forward. A very worthwhile exercise.

We are gathering in the labyrinth today, Saturday Aug. 20 to share a tear, share a hug, share a memory, share a hope.  Everyone is welcome.  2-4 pm

Our insurance agent, Brooke, tells us that the normal time between a fire and the beginning of work is 2 weeks while all the necessary inspections and reports are prepared.  We are awaiting the results of the forensic inspection (to discover cause) and structural assessment and expect those reports very soon.

Most severe damage
something to celebrate new ramp unscathed

The inspection is complete and we should know very soon the cause of the fire and the future of our building. We are grateful that the damage does not seem to be as severe as we originally feared and there are high hopes that the building can be salvaged. We have complete faith and trust that the best course of action will be determined and there is Divine Order right here, right now.

Our prayers are are with Shazia and Naved Ansari, the teachers and children of Greentrails Montessori Daycare for a perfect temporary space and speedy return to Unity.

We see a beautifully restored space, perfect to meet their every need and hear the joyful voices of the children echoing through the building once again.

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