The Municipality of Shelburne is considering a new building.
By Amy Woolvett
The Municipality of Shelburne is taking tentative steps to move forward on a new facility to house their offices and for tenant spaces.
“We are trying to build a new building,” said Kirk Cox, CAO for the municipality.
He said the important part of the equation is making sure their tenants want the same thing.
They are home to provincial offices including the Department of Justice, Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Registry of Deeds.
Cox said he has received positive feedback with most but no commitment yet from the Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice has seriously considered removing its services from the Shelburne area in the past.
“It’s a sensitive part for us,” said Cox. “I don’t want them to use the move as an excuse but I don’t know their long term plans.”
He said the municipality has avoided looking into the details of a new building until they can nail down who will be a part of their new facility.
Cox said they would need extra acreage that most likely would not be found within town limits.
The Town of Shelburne is eyeing the possibility of sharing the space as well but one of their stipulations would most likely be remaining within town limits.
“We want to keep our options open,” said Dylan Heide, CAO for the Town of Shelburne. “Our building is getting older.”
Cox said there is a possibility of securing new tenants with a new space but as long as they keep the ones they have it would be affordable.
“If we could keep all our tenants we have now, it would be much more financially feasible,” he said.