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2014-03-11 at 11:05

Whalen Building to receive $2 million makeover

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By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

A local landmark is getting more than $2 million in renovations.

On Monday city council approved a contract to Tom Jones Corp. for $2.2 million for interior work on the Whalen Building.

The 100-year-old highlight of the north-side skyline will get some help to bring it into the 21st century, including three floors of redevelopment, energy efficient electrical systems and accessible washrooms.

It will also renovate the seventh floor for the city's Tourism Division to move in.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and Fednor kicked in $1 million each for the work. Some councillors wondered if the building would be fully occupied after the work was done.

City development manager Mark Smith said that wouldn't be the case but finding tenants is on track with administration's five-year plan for the building.


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sky high says:
This is great news. Congratulations to Tom Jones Inc. on winning the contract.
3/11/2014 11:29:20 AM
westfortforever says:
So this should be around 3.2 mil after the usual Thunder Bay overruns.
3/11/2014 11:54:23 AM
jimmyboy says:
we spent more than a cool 1 Million $$$ renovating it for the failed "TORNADO MEDICAL"...Ummmmm...what more can I say...just to fill in some of the empty space in this building our Thunder Bay Tourism offices will now be occupying a small portion in it...!!!
3/11/2014 12:57:46 PM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
There are 150 year old streets off Simpson Street that dont have curbs, and are still 1/2dirt...go.look...pathetic.
3/11/2014 5:01:55 PM
musicferret says:
True, but they aren't on the 'right' side of town so will not get a penny.
3/11/2014 7:00:03 PM
laurie says:
was the outside fixed after it got hit by lightning?
3/11/2014 5:46:25 PM
tsb says:
Yes, it was repaired last summer.
3/11/2014 9:11:31 PM
Kam River says:
Very fancy digs for the Tourism office what wrong with their present office at Pool 6 or Terry Fox.
The city keeps adding staff, city hall, Victoriaville, pool 6 and now the Wayland Building.
Maybe NewsWatch could check to see how many full and part time employees there are working for the city I am told between 2,500 and 3,000. Up over 500 since 2000.
Please check and let us know.
3/11/2014 6:35:55 PM
tsb says:
Did you know you can check that yourself? The city's budgets going back to the late 1990s are all on their website, and they include staffing levels.
3/11/2014 9:11:09 PM
laughingwater says:
From what I heard that building does need to be upgraded, I remember hearing it had wooden drainage from when it was first built.
3/11/2014 9:17:06 PM
deanc12 says:
What a beautiful building. I have so many memories. 1972 was when I first seen this building, mom and my 2 sisters moved to Thunder Bay from a Que farming village of 600, we arrived on the train.
Not too long later that week I was standing in that building as my mom opened her Hydro account. I remember that day being in the lobby watching the elevator man helping people in and out the elevator. I wanted to go for a ride but mom had no reason too so we left. Later on that summer I went on my own, rode the elevator watching the operator flipping the levers. My first amusement ride. Later my sister sold papers outside the building, I was with her 1 day when a young guy wanted change for a dollar he showed her a part of a dollar she gave him change he threw down a torn off corner of a dollar bill and ran off laughing.
Later on in life 10 yrs later I had my career job interview there, opened my own hydro account, picketed the building when we were on strike (mid 80s).
Don't be shy, share
3/11/2014 11:37:13 PM
unknowncronik says:
Keep spending....this town is headed for something were not gonna be able to pull out of....but atleast the buildings look good.
3/12/2014 6:01:02 AM
The Badger Mountain Hermit says:
More window-dressing by the gravy train. Trying to make this crumbling city look cool to outsiders. Image is everything to these despots and the cronys they feed.
3/13/2014 10:15:45 AM
caesarjbasquitti says:
All criticism aside...this is a much needed investment, in a building built over 100 years ago, that clearly shows how well built the building is.

To rebuild such a structure today....hundreds of millions ?
3/15/2014 5:15:13 PM
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