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100 year old school house needs emergency repair

A long-time building exhibit at the Grande Prairie Museum and Heritage Village is in need of emergency work done. City Facility Manager Mick Philips says they presented to the city this week about the need for the 100 year old Hermit Lake School House to be fixed. He says council approved up to $7, 000 for the building.

“It is good for us to know the council recognizes this building has value. We addressed an emerging or emergent need that wasn’t there before but it is now. They were willing to address it and make sure the building is saved.”

He adds that the building was used at a different location until 1943 but was moved to where it is now in 1976. He explains that there is water accumulation underneath the building that is a bigger issue than they first thought and other issues to be dealt with. The city says the building will go to tender so that the best price is found.

The Hermit Lake School house is a yellow building located north of the museum.

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