The Town of Grimshaw has a new home.
Mayor Bob Regal was joined by members of council, and staff, to cut the ribbon of the new facility, which is the former Kennedy Elementary School Building.
Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Allen, told the crowd in attendance that moving into the old school was six years in the making.
“The staff that comes into this building everyday have a sense of pride and accomplishment,” says Allen.
“It was a lot of work to get here, and now that we are here, we are very pleased with the result. Having done the renovation and came in under budget, using local contractors and supplies, it’s a win-win for everybody.”
Allen points out that council budgeted $1M for the project and did not have a final figure.
He also says that council’s vision was for the centre to be more than just a town administration office.
“Let’s face it was an elementary school at there are number of empty classrooms,” points out Allen.
“We committed to making these spaces available to community groups. We have already leased space to the Peace River School Division, the Grimshaw Playschool Society, the Lac Cardinal Performing Arts Society, and there are other groups we are currently negotiating with.”
Allen added that due to confidentiality, he was unable to discuss which groups are looking to lease space in the building.
– Kenny Trenton, Trending 55 Newsroom