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The Prince Albert Girl Guide Hall, at 1203 Sixth Ave. W., joins the Margo Fournier Centre in facing a potential closure, with the local Girl Guides moving out by the end of September.
The Prince Albert Girl Guides Hall is the second of four civic facilities that face potential closure in the near future.
In March, Mayor Greg Dionne told media that four city facilities would be closed and put up for sale this year ‚Äúbecause the capital cost of maintaining them is just not worth keeping them.‚ÄĚ
What council does with the information that administration provides is up to them.
However, community services director Jody Boulet noted on Wednesday that the Girl Guides have only renewed their lease until the end of September.
‚ÄúThey informed us that they‚Äôve found alternative space,‚ÄĚ Boulet explained.
The city‚Äôs elected officials approved the lease agreement at Monday‚Äôs meeting, however Boulet notes that a much more significant discussion needs to take place during 2015 budget deliberations.
Noting some structural issues with the beams that run underneath the roof, Boulet said that the lifespan of the problem‚Äôs temporary fix has only been cleared with their structural engineer until March.
A permanent fix is expected to cost about $60,000 -- an amount administration put up for consideration in 2014 budget deliberations, but which council voted down.
‚ÄúIt wasn‚Äôt approved in the budget for 2014, and at this time it‚Äôs certainly something we‚Äôd carry forward in future budgets if we have permanent occupancy in the current building,‚ÄĚ Boulet said.
‚ÄúThrough the 2015 budget we‚Äôre going to have to make some decisions on the future use of the building at the girl guides location and whether or not it‚Äôs going to be an alternative use, or whatever option council wants to do all the way to closing it.‚ÄĚ
As with any civic facility, administration will present city council with all of the options, Boulet said.
On March 12, 2012, the city‚Äôs elected officials approved a tender of $73,460 to J.L. Depeel Roofing & Contracting Ltd. to re-roof the building. It started leaking in 2010.
Through the 2015 budget we‚Äôre going to have to make some decisions on the future use of the building at the girl guides location and whether or not it‚Äôs going to be an alternative use, or whatever option council wants to do all the way to closing it. Jody Boulet
At this time, the Girl Guides‚Äô Evergreen Division district commissioner Christine Taylor noted that the organization has been in the building for more than 30 years.
Built in 1956, the Girl Guides Hall has a current assessed value of about $184,600.
Additional deficits include the lack of handicap accessible washrooms and front door, as well as an electrical system that is not up to code, among other concerns.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs really served well up to this point, but with the work that‚Äôs been done to date was never going to be a permanent restoration of the roof,‚ÄĚ Boulet said.
Although the local Girl Guides organization was not available for comment by press time on Wednesday, Boulet said that they‚Äôve indicated to him that they have found a new permanent venue.
With the Girl Guides out of the building by the end of September, it‚Äôll be up to city council what to do with what will be an empty building -- whether it‚Äôs find another use for it, or to close it, Boulet said.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre looking at some significant investment in the building, so that is something that we will continue to bring forward to council for review.‚ÄĚ
Earlier this week, more than 100 people showed up at city hall for Monday‚Äôs city council meeting to protest the potential closure of the Margo Fournier Centre.
Built in 1966, the Margo Fournier Centre has a current assessed value of about $1.18 million.
With the Margo Fournier Centre and the Girl Guides Hall facing potential closure, two remain yet to be named according to Dionne‚Äôs claim in March that four buildings might be on the chopping block.