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Olympic Village fails to meet schedule

The $1.1 billion Olympic Village won’t be ready for the Nov. 1 hand over to VANOC.

City manager Penny Ballem told city council this morning that some buildings are already under VANOC control but others are in a race to get done.

One of the affordable housing parcels was handed over a month early on Oct. 1.

Another needs “continuous monitoring” to meet a Nov. 1 deadline while a third won’t be done until Dec. 3.

She said the civic building missed a July 31 deadline, but the city renegotiated a Nov. 1 handover.

However, the Salt Building is on track for Oct. 31.

“There is no opportunity for us to sit back and put our feet up,” Ballem said.

She said 420 of the 1,100 units have been “inspected, approved and locked down” by VANOC.

She said a triangle park and boat docks have been deferred until after the Olympics while design changes have cut costs for sidewalks and street furniture.

Ballem, who replaced Judy Rogers last December, outlined a pattern of mismanagement at the project.

Not only was the budget in disarray last fall, but also she said there was no schedule beyond a list of key milestones or a proper line of communication among the developer, contractor, consultants and city.

Bob Mackin reports for Vancouver 24 hours.

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