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No public briefing Wednesday on police HQ cost overruns: city

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Last week, Katz told reporters he expects to learn more about $10 million to $17 million worth of additional cost overruns on a project that already has a $194-million price tag.

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Last week, Katz told reporters he expects to learn more about $10 million to $17 million worth of additional cost overruns on a project that already has a $194-million price tag. Photo Store

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz still plans to be briefed about additional cost overruns at the city’s police headquarters project on Wednesday – but not at executive policy committee.

Last week, Katz told reporters he expects to learn more about $10 million to $17 million worth of additional cost overruns on a project that already has a $194-million price tag.

A briefing is planned for Wednesday, following a regularly scheduled EPC meeting, Katz's communications manager, Rhea Yates, clarified Tuesday. There will be no public briefing about the structure on Wednesday, she said.

The police headquarters project was already $64 million above the original budget announced in 2009, when the city purchased the former Canada Post building on Graham Avenue for $31.5 million and planned to conduct $99 million worth of renovations to the structure.

The project budget rose in 2010 when the costs of moving police were consolidated under the aegis of a single project. The cost then rose again in 2011, when the city disclosed it had failed to discover problems with the structure’s foundation and the barrier between the interior and exterior.

Further cost overruns were disclosed to EPC in late September. Officials were given a month to report on the problems, Katz said last week.

The city decided to purchase the Canada Post building following cost overruns on a plan to repair the crumbling Tyndall-stone exterior of the Public Safety Building on Princess Street.

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