Why Barrie’s multi-million dollar city hall expansion may proceed without Simcoe County

Why Barrie's multi-million dollar city hall expansion may proceed without Simcoe County
Why Barrie’s multi-million dollar city hall expansion may proceed without Simcoe County
“Elements of the site are failing and require repair or replacement to minimize health and safety risks,” corporate services director Rick Pews said. “Without major renovations to create more efficient and open-concept space (city hall is) at capacity.”

“City hall is city hall,” he said. “It should be focusing on delivering city services.”

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.

“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. 

It’s unclear exactly how much a scaled down version would cost the city, though staff will look into the matter.

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