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More hurdles for new Ottawa hospital

Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 7:35 am EDT

The Sir John Carling site, labelled Site 11 in the NCC's site selection process, was endorsed by multiple representatives of municipal, provincial and federal governments and The Ottawa Hospital. (Provided by NCC)

OTTAWA – The cost of clearing the site of the former Sir John Carling building for the development of a new Ottawa hospital, is much higher than expected.

According to the Ottawa Metro, it’s going to be $12.1-million just to clean up the contaminated rubble left from the implosion of the Sir John Carling building.

That is not including ground-water monitoring, which could cost an additional $2.8-million.

Original estimates by the government earlier this year had the clean up at around $8.6-million.

A report by Stantec not only shows a higher estimated cost to get the property ready for a new hospital, but also shows higher-than acceptable measures of several contaminants.

In that same report, Stantec says there are cheaper options for clean up, including capping the grounds with clay or treating the contamination on site.

Either way, Public Services and Procurement Canada says the federal government is on the hook for the bill.

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