Cranbrook Town Council approved the temporary move of all remaining regular council meetings in 2022 to the Manual Training School, located next to the Cranbrook Public Library, effective Monday, May 9.
The move comes as major and long-awaited upgrades and renovations are due to be made to the Council Chambers and the South Wing of City Hall from early May. The construction work is funded by a $1.51 million grant provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
This project is not financed by local taxes. Project grant funds come from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) – COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream, with Canada contributing over $1 $.2 million and over $300,000 in funds from BC province
“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.
This project will see a complete refurbishment of the council rooms creating a multi-purpose space with the ability to easily reconfigure the room for training, large meetings and other events. Significant technology upgrades will also be made to better accommodate virtual meeting attendance.
The removal of hazardous materials from City Hall is also a key part of the project. Some additional renovations and updates will be done using previously budgeted funds while the City has contractors on site 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.”
Council meetings will continue to be streamed live as usual by visiting https://cranbrook.ca/livestream/.
Renovations and upgrades are expected to be substantially complete by the end of the year.
main picture: Artist’s rendering of the new council chamber. Image courtesy of KMBR Architects Planners Inc.