WINNIPEG – Is saving the old Winnipeg police headquarters worth the trouble?
Mayor Brian Bowman is pushing for it to be demolished to make room for a new development.
But Heritage Winnipeg’s Cindy Tugwell would like to see it stay, if possible.
Money, of course, will be a big deciding factor. Tugwell tells 680 CJOB no one can really say what the cost of rehabbing the Public Safety Building would be.
“That’s where it gets very ambiguous because of the fact that the jury is out on people agreeing on what it would cost.”
For one thing, the limestone exterior has to be re-clad, which could cost around $10-million.
“We looked at other buildings of like, but again it’s ambiguous as to what that cost would be for the interior. Most would not have a cost estimate until they knew how the building was going to be used.”
The city commissioned a report to decide on what to do with the building. It could be knocked down turned into a large public space or sold to a private developer.
It could also be turned into a large parking structure, as an adjacent parkade has been closed since 2012 over structural concerns.
Either way, the city found that saving it would not be worth the cost.
The Public Safety Building officially closed yesterday.