Group selected to plan for B’ford town hall

Plans regarding the future development of Battleford’s Town Hall are one step closer to materializing.

A selection committee made of town councillors and members of the Opera House Committee recently decided to award a planning and consulting project to architecture and design company Group2.

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Group2 has worked on a number of buildings in Western Canada, including buildings at the University of Alberta.

Group2 is to consult with town residents and conduct research into what could become of the historic building, which is still a working administrative centre for the town.

The Opera House Committee has raised $200,000 to go toward such work. On Monday, town council awarded Group2 its proposed $98,115 plus an additional $20,000 for more engagement and consultations if needed.

Town Hall, which has an opera house on the top floor, was built in 1912. The top floor had been used for various purposes over the years and now sits empty.

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