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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Grey County Building Nears Completion

Grey County | by Vanessa Culbert  

Renovations began nearly two years ago, and are 95 percent done.

Renovations are wrapping up at the Grey County Administration Building in Owen Sound. 

Spokesperson Anne Marie Shaw says the new building is a more welcoming environment. 

Shaw adds, it is also more accessible and energy efficient. 

All departments are now within the admin building, with some departments having satellite locations across Grey County. 

Shaw says they are really looking at this building as being a "service centre"

Provincial offences court will move into the building as of the first week of July.

Shaw says they have an elevator, accessible washrooms including a washroom with an adult change table. 

The new building is very modern, and Shaw says they wanted the building to be open with natural light. 

It now features more boardrooms and Shaw says Not-For-Profit groups are allowed to use them. 

Shaw reassures residents the arches from the outside of the old building have been incorporated into the new building. 

The county also plans on having local artists work up on the walls in the building. 

Shaw says right now, they have contracts with two local artists and are hoping for a third. 

Officials say they are hoping landscaping can be done by the end of the month. 

Construction on the addition began in July 2016 after a $10.6-million tender was awarded to Devlan Construction Ltd. for the project.

The total estimated cost of the work -- including HST, site work, architectural services and additional fees -- is $12.2-million.


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