The city’s general committee turned down a proposal to partner with the County of Simcoe on an expansion and renovation of Barrie City Hall, during a meeting Jan. 8. The decision still needs to be ratified by council next week.
City hall currently includes a nine-storey, 90,000-square-foot tower, as well as podium and rotunda areas. Most of it was built in 1972, though Barrie purchased the building in the early 1980s and constructed the council chambers, rotunda and podium areas within a few years.
“We respect and understand the decision made by Barrie council and will continue to search for other property acquisition opportunities to meet the growing needs for these services in the city,” county corporate performance general manager Trevor Wilcox said.
There would be a main public entrance to the tower building and increased parking capacity on-site, as well as a public square at the north end of the property.