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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Goderich Supports Principle Plan For New County Admin Building

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Possible new building would be constructed on former Victoria Public School lot.

Goderich Council is supporting in principle, a plan that would see Huron County construct a new administration building on part of the former Victoria Public School property.

The site is home to the new Comfort Inn hotel which will open within the next few months.

Plans are also in the works for a new residential complex, combining market-value apartments and affordable housing units.

In a recorded vote Monday, Council was unanimous in encouraging the County to move its operations from the Court House downtown to the Victoria site.

Mayor Kevin Morrison says the 6 to nothing vote proves the willingness of Goderich to work with Huron County in proceeding with the $41 million proposal.

A consultant's report says a new administration building would offer 140 County employees 62 thousand square feet of space.

Many staff currently occupy cramped quarters in the Court House, with little separation from judicial operations.

Goderich Deputy-Mayor Jim Donnelly says the County's Facilities Review and Finance Committees favour a move to the former school property.

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