City council is moving forward with the project to reconstruct city hall.
At its meeting Monday, council approved a $3.9-million budget amendment, raising the total budget to $24.7 million.
The plans are part of the city’s building consolidation project that included the new operations building off Range Road and the new fire hall on Black Street.
“As a component of the overall building consolidation project, the new city hall will house core administrative and public services,” says the administrative report to council.
“The building will provide operational efficiencies for administration and council, enhanced service delivery to the public, and security for staff.”
The report notes that in order to meet funding deadlines required by external sources, construction documents must be ready for tender by late this summer in order to allow for project completion by the end of 2023.
External funding has been secured for two thirds of the cost, and the city will be contributing $8 million.
Under the proposed reconstruction project, the old part of city hall built in 1966 (the front half of the building facing Second Avenue) would be demolished.
New construction would see an L-shaped, two-storey structure built and tied into the newest remaining section of city hall built in 1987, where the council chambers are.