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New Westminster City Hall not moving Downtown

Although Mayor Wayne Wright would like to see city hall moved to Downtown New Westminster he denied rumours it will move into the office complex being developed on top of the new civic centre, and sell the current location for development.

Wright said city hall’s original home was Downtown and he is a proponent of it returning there because of easy access to transit, shops and restaurants.

“But that’s not happening, I wish it was. I don’t have any support on that. There’s just no substance to [the rumour] ... There’s no traction for that type of thing.”

The current city hall location on Royal Avenue, said Wright, can’t be sold to a developer since it is officially park land. Instead of residential development, he suggests a seniors residence or some other public facility would be appropriate.

Wright doesn’t expect city hall will be moved during what he has said will be not only his fourth, but final, term as mayor, but believes that due to its deteriorating condition will eventually have to be dealt with.

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