City hall staff set for final move after fire

A new home has been found for the remaining City Hall services for the City of Grand Forks.

City of Grand Forks.

A new home has been found for the remaining City Hall services for the City of Grand Forks. The relocation is the second and last in the wake of the fire that damaged the first floor reception and administration areas of City Hall on September 19th.Effective October 21st, Administration, Development and Engineering, Finance, Council Chambers and Mayor’s office will be located at 6641 industrial Parkway (old Canpar Office Building).Building Inspection Services, Bill Payment Services and Customer Inquiries are now located at 7425 5th Street.Both of these locations are temporary, until renovations are completed at City Hall.“Our residents, businesses and visitors are assured to receive the same services as before from these two new temporary locations” says Mayor Brian Taylor. “We appreciate the support from the community we have experienced. Thank you to everyone for your understanding and we look forward to the completed restoration of our historic City Hall.”Grand Forks residents had a sneak peek at City Hall recently. More than 70 people came by City Hall to take a look at the first floor and talk to Mayor, Council and staff about the fire and the next steps.“It was a great opportunity for our community to gather and reflect on what had transpired and to talk about the future,” adds Mayor Taylor. “Our City Hall represents an important piece of our community heritage.”Restoration of the historic 102 year-old building is underway, starting with the clean up of the burnt and smoke damaged debris.“Our intent is to restore the first floor entrance areas in keeping with the history of the building,” Says Mayor Taylor. “Once plans are finalized, we will put them on display for the community to see.”Costs for the relocation and restoration are covered by the City’s insurance.

More information on the fire and the steps to recovery can be found on the website at www.grandforks.ca. Those interested can also sign up for email updates that will cover the restoration of City Hall. To add your name to the list simply email: update@grandforks.ca.

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