Town Hall council chambers to be refurbished, meetings to be held offsite – Cranbrook Daily Townsman
With ongoing renovations due to begin at City Hall, all regular council meetings for the remainder of the year are moving to Cranbrook Public Library’s Manual Training School, starting in May.
The City Hall renovations are specific to the Council Chambers, which will see a complete refurbishment of the existing space, creating a multi-purpose space that will reconfigure the hall for training and large meetings as well as technology upgrades to facilitate virtual attendance.
Regular meetings will continue to be streamed live on the Town’s website at www.cranbrook.ca/livestream
The renovations are funded by the federal and provincial governments to the tune of $1.51 million, with no contribution from local taxpayers, according to the city.
“We have a great opportunity to invest in both improving and restoring this important heritage building, City Hall, without impacting local taxes, which would not be possible without this grant” said Mayor Lee Pratt. “On behalf of the City, I am grateful for the financial commitment to this project from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
The project will also facilitate the removal of hazardous materials from City Hall, while additional work and updates will be carried out while contractors are already on site, using funds the City had previously budgeted, to to reduce costs.
“We are very pleased to be part of this important heritage revitalization project. We worked hard with city staff and our consultants to return the council chamber to its original design, while maximizing its flexibility to allow for other functions like training and large meetings,” said Bassem Tawfik , principal at KMBR Architects. “This is achieved by using flexible furniture configurations and the latest technology.”
Renovations are expected to be substantially complete by the end of the year.