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City buys former Young Offenders Centre for $1

The City of Grande Prairie will be buying the former Young Offenders Centre for the low price of one dollar.

The building has been empty since it was closed down in 2009, and the Alberta government is selling it “as is”.

Located near the Highway 43 bypass, Mayor Bill Given calls it worthwhile piece of land.

“It is in a central location in an established neighbourhood that’s close to schools and I think that there’s going to be lots of opportunity there to be able to buy what is assessed at a $7 million facility for the cost of a dollar is a good deal.”

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The building will likely be costly to renovate as it may contain asbestos, and is largely built from reinforced concrete block.

Any City facility must also be equipped with a sprinkler system before it can be occupied.

The sale comes with a 15 year clause that requires it to be used for municipal purposes that will benefit the community.

An original business plan proposing the facility have a youth focus will next be revisited.

Purchase papers have been drawn up for May 9th.

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