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Phase 3 of Build Belleville project postponed

Build Belleville [1]

Streets have been closed in downtown Belleville for many months because of Build Belleville construction. Photo by Emilie Quesnel, QNet News

By Isaiah Mawhinney [2] and Emilie Quesnel [3]

BELLEVILLE – City council has decided to delay Phase 3 of the Build Belleville downtown rehabilitation project [4] due to limited funding.

The budget for the project as a whole is $21 million, but Phase 1 of the three planned phases has already cost over half that.

With only $8.1 million remaining,  city staff said they knew they couldn’t complete Phases 2 and 3 without going over budget.

Phase 2 will be tendered in January 2016 while Phase 3 has been postponed until alternative funding becomes available.

This week QNet News is talking to the Build Belleville co-ordinator as well as downtown businesses about the impact and future of the project.

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