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Underground anomalies halt Regina parkade planning

Underground anomalies halt Regina parkade planning
REGINA GENERAL HOSPITAL — A map shows the location of geological assessments taking place at the site of a parkade project in Regina.

REGINA — Planning for a new parkade at Regina General Hospital (RGH) has hit a snag after a geotechnical assessment revealed some anomalies.

Officials announced that visitor parking in the northwest portion of the lot at the hospital will be temporarily reduced while surveying and geotechnical assessments are carried out as part of the planning work for the construction of the parkade.

“A technical site assessment with ground penetrating radar has identified anomalies that require further investigation before proceeding,” stated hospital officials. “This will require an archeological assessment including onsite excavation to positively identify the nature of the anomalies and is part of the due diligence to ensure a suitable site for a parkade.”

The hospital stated the anomalies could be old foundations, building structures, other excavation activities but could also potentially be historical burials.

“There are historical gaps in information regarding buildings and occupants over the years, but the first cottage hospital was opened on the RGH grounds in 1895 with subsequent additions and changes in owners and operations,” said the hospital. “There was also a Children’s Aid Home in the vicinity.”

Officials stated appropriate agencies and ministries have been notified of the exploratory work underway and the Ministry of Saskbuilds and Procurement and the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority will provide input on the next steps if human remains are discovered.

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