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$4.9M lawsuit over St. John's pool reno settled, but city mum on terms

The big attractions at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre are its two swimming pools and dual water slides.  (Jeremy Eaton/CBC - image credit)
The big attractions at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre are its two swimming pools and dual water slides. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC - image credit)
The big attractions at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre are its two swimming pools and dual water slides.
The big attractions at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre are its two swimming pools and dual water slides.

A multimillion-dollar lawsuit involving the Paul Reynolds Community Centre has been discontinued. (Jeremy Eaton/CBC)

A problem-plagued public pool in St. John's — which has closed multiple times in the last seven years for substantial renovations, including, at one point, to fix panelling on its ceiling that could have collapsed on swimmers — is no longer the subject of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

EllisDon, the contractor initially hired to revamp the Paul Reynolds Community Centre, sued the city in 2017 for $4.9 million, just months after the facilty opened in the Wedgewood Park neighbourhood in the city's east end.

The company alleged the city defaulted on its contract and hadn't paid its outstanding balance.

In a counterclaim, the City of St. John's denied it owed EllisDon millions of dollars and said the contractor failed to complete the centre on time.

The matter has now been settled, according to a notice of discontinuance dated Jan. 19.

Court documents do not disclose the terms of discontinuance. A spokesperson for the City of St. John's told CBC News in an email that the terms of the settlement are confidential.

EllisDon did not respond to a request for comment.

Twelve parties were named in the court documents and were involved in the suit.

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