Moving forward with its plans to give the downtown core a face lift, the City of Grande Prairie is now looking to hire a consulting firm to look at what’s needed both above and below ground.

City Planner Stuart Wraight explains that while the public may not see it, infrastructure underground is vital to our community’s ability to grow.

“If we do get a request for a hotel building, or it may be for trying to promote for commercial office development to come down that may be mixed use, even including residential, that it can be accommodated with what’s underground at the moment; that’s what we really don’t know.”

Once approved by city council, an RFP will be sent out to find a company that can both assess the current condition and capacity of downtown, as well as help plan the rehabilitation project.

The capital costs are expected to be included in next year’s budget considerations.