• John Jantak

Architectural firm hired to prepare plans for Senneville’s new city hall


Senneville Mayor Guest said the village’s new city hall will maintain its current facade which will be integrated into a new structure.

The Village of Senneville will build its new city hall on the site of its current structure on Senneville Road it was announced at the Monday evening council meeting, September 28.

Mayor Jane Guest said the decision was made after municipal officials reviewed three site proposals - one that included keeping city hall at the same location. The two other proposals called for relocating the city hall next to the George McLeish Community Centre in the park at Morningside Drive and on the site of the water filtration plant on Senneville Road that was built about 12 years ago but never used.

A consensus was reached that maintaining and expanding the current site was the best option. “Each location had its pros and cons,” Guest told Your Local Journal. “It wasn’t an easy decision. We hired a consultant to do a study of the three sites and it was felt that the existing city hall site had a slight edge over the other two proposed locations.”

“We initially thought that the location at the community centre would have some interesting cost savings benefits because we could have piggy-backed onto the building for some of its infrastructure services. We looked into it but that didn’t happen to be the case,” said Guest.

“The fact that our city hall is on Senneville Road was the deciding factor,” Guest added. “It’s always been there and people expect it. It’s sort of a beacon for the village although it could have been interesting to have it at the community centre also.”

The architectural firm Blouin Tardif has been hired at a cost of just under $25,000 to produce the plans for the new city hall which would include keeping part of the old facade and integrating it within the framework of a new structure.

The plans are expected to be completed by December and will be unveiled at a public consultation meeting sometime in early 2016. “It all depends on what the architects will present to us in terms of cost for the plan that we are asking for,” said Guest. “If it works out cost-wise, that’s great, but if it’s beyond what we anticipated spending, then we may have to review that option.”

Guest said another reason why the village decided to stick to upgrading its current city hall is to maintain its historic heritage which hopefully will sway residents who are considering upgrading their homes to consider keeping part of their original residences intact and add modern extensions rather than demolishing entire buildings.

“I think at the end of the day, it was the idea of keeping the old city hall and working with what’s there, but also attaching a modern building to it to get the benefit of both old and new that was the deciding factor,” said Guest.

“We want to get this kind of mindset going in our community,” Guest added. “We thought that if we’re the leaders with the approach we’re taking to maintain our cultural heritage, then it’ll get our residents to think about taking the same approach.”

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