A city committee has voted to demolish the Public Safety Building on Princess Street.
With the Winnipeg Police Service moving into their new headquarters, the future of the PSB has been up for debate.
But it isn’t time to bring in the wrecking balls just yet.
Councillor Jenny Gerbasi says the building won’t come down until a firm plan is in place for what to do with the land.
“They’ll be setting up public consultation with downtown stakeholders and others and looking at creating a plan for the site.Then, bringing those ideas back to council, doing some more due diligence, and then council will make a decision about whether they agree with those plans.”
Gerbasi notes the historic value of the building but says it would cost too much to fix.
“It is sad and we have to acknowledge that it’s a loss for the city. But we also have to face reality and figure out how to deal with it.”
She couldn’t provide a timeline because there is still a lot of work to do.
“I think people need to understand that we’re cleaning up a mess from the previous CAO and council, the whole police headquarters thing and how things were done. Now we’re left with this falling down parkade and a building that can only be used for a very restrictive purpose.”
Options for the land include some public park space on the part the city owns and putting out proposals for re-development ideas.