Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery opening delayed until fall due to structural issues

Feature, Sarnia — By on February 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Lambton County Cultural Services General Manager Robert Tremain announced this week that the grand opening of Lambton's new Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, originally slated for this summer, likely won't come until sometime this fall.

"They’ve run into some structural challenges at the former Saks building," said Tremain.

Lambton County Warden Steve Arnold was previously quoted saying, "Problems with the piers underneath the building are delaying construction," then added, "Supports have been placed on the ground floor to hold up the second floor as workers reinforce the footings of the building."

In 2009, Lambton County bought the former Saks building at the corner of Locheil and Christina Street and approved a $9 million plan to build the gallery within the walls of the historic structure.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said he isn't surprised by the delays and added, "In fairness, anytime you get into construction with old buildings the risks are high," he says.

It’s still expected the building will be handed over to the County sometime in March with a soft launch likely later this summer that would include tours for donors, benefactors, and county councilors.

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