A new business will rise in the Headingley Business Park as Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel and Crematorium prepares to build a crematorium at 51 Nicola Dr.
Business owner Richard Wojcik said Headingley council approved his conditional use application and construction on the 5,000-square-foot crematorium should begin next month.
"We’ve got the permission needed to rebuild," he said.
The company’s previous crematorium on 7833 Wilkes Avenue in the RM of Headingley was destroyed in an electrical fire on Nov. 8, 2013. Wojcik said he didn’t want to rebuild in the same location, so looked for a new site. Harsh winter weather slowed his plans to demolish what remained of the Wilkes Avenue building, but now he’s ready to have the new building take shape.
"I’m hoping that construction starts by sometime in August," he said.
He expects the crematorium to be finished by late fall. It will include two new cremation units from California.
Wojcik said his company performs about 500 funerals each year. He was able to have a Portage la Prairie funeral home take over some of the cremations, so the fire didn’t seriously impact the business.
"It’s been more of an inconvenience than anything."