The City is looking at selling the former fire hall downtown.
The building is now home to Community Social Development, part of Parks Department and Technical Search and Rescue.
Economic Development Manager Brian Glavin says the city has already heard from potential buyers interested in what he calls commercial opportunities.
“Given that we have some real estate that’s available, that we can accommodate most of the challenges that we’re going to see by relocating those staff that are currently there, we thought it would be prudent to try and monetize some of our assets downtown and see if we can generate more development and more assessment.”
Glavin says if the old fire hall is sold, Community Social Development could move into the former Public School District building, now owned by the city. Some smaller Parks Department equipment could go into the underground level of city hall. TSR is already looking for a new location where it can expand.
“They have been in that building for a number of years now, however, they’ve indicated to us that they’re looking for alternative locations to expand and that would be outside of that building.”
Glavin adds the City wants to see something go into the building that would generate more activity downtown.
“Whether that’s a retailer of some sort, essentially, anything that generates more activity downtown is one of the things (the City would like to see). So, there’s a lot of things within the current land use by-law within that district that will generate activity.”
Glavin says they hope to have a request for proposals out in August and to have a buyer picked by September. Negotiations would start after that.