After over a month, the Strathcona Community Centre is ready to reopen to the public.
Following two explosions in the community centre parkade on November 6, the centre has undergone extensive restoration and cleanup. Strathcona County recently said in a release staff and council are set to return to the community centre on Monday (Dec.17). The general public will have access to the common areas on Thursday.
"Thankfully there wasn't any structural damage to our building and the environmental assessment is coming back thumbs up," said mayor Rod Frank.
The Strathcona County library will remain closed. There is still cleaning to be done and the crews are determining what books are salvageable. A temporary location has been set up on Baseline Road.
The Agora and other meeting rooms are remaining closed for the time-being as well. The parkade, which suffered the most damage during the explosion, may closed until mid-March. County Hall was reopened to the public on November 21.
For now, there is parking space available north of the building and there is two-hour street parking around the complex. However since parking is very limited, council recommends taking public transit if possible.
"A big thank you to our citizens and our staff for adjusting and realizing that it takes a lot of work to get things back to normal, but we're well on the way now. Thank you for everybody that's come together over this, it truly brought the community together."
Restorations on Vicky’s Bistro and Wine Bar were completed and the restaurant was reopened on Thursday.