White Rock councillors are to receive a seismic report on the city hall Monday evening and decide what they should do with the aging building.
Discussions about replacing the nearly 60-year-old structure have been on-going for nearly 20 years.
The primary concerns with the current structure is its size, its ability to withstand an earthquake, and accessibility challenges.
Council will hear Monday that it’s expected to cost about $1.8 million to do a seismic retrofit and would take at least nine months to complete.
Options to be presented to councillors include doing a seismic retrofit; partial seismic retrofit; rent commercial office space; relocate staff to other city-owned buildings; and build a new city hall either alone or with partners.
Staff recommend that council move towards building a new city hall, which could cost approximately $25 million.
Staff recommend that a consultant be hired to develop, evaluate and assess the feasibility options for a future city hall. Staff also recommend that council endorse the development of a five-year implementation plan.
The report concluded that White Rock City Hall is rated as a “High Risk” building, based on the Seismic Retrofit Guidelines.
“This building could fail from the ground motion predicted for a 100-year return period earthquake,” the city staff report notes.
“Given the growing needs of the City, seismically retrofitting City Hall may not offer the best value. It is recommended that a consultant be retained to develop options and provide a feasibility study for the future of City Hall and a 5-year implementation plan that would include the civic precinct.”