Staff and the council chambers of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) are now operating out of the new administration building at 10 Allee Champlain Drive in Cookville.
The building's doors were opened for business on November 3. Operations at the former administration building at 210 Aberdeen Road in Bridgewater ended at 5:00 p.m. on October 30.
MODL revised its 2019-2020 capital budget to cover additional money needed for the new administration building, which went from an estimated cost of $7.6 million to $8.7 million.
The building on Aberdeen Road does not meet National Building Code or Nova Scotia's Accessibility Act, with space, air quality and security issues being some of the primary deficiencies.
It is now listed for sale, with a price tag of $669,000.
A report produced by Catalyst Consulting determined that it would be more expensive to renovate and expand the existing building to deal with these issues than it would be to invest in a new building.
The new building is located on municipally-owned land at Osprey Village. The design of the building was developed to use as many locally-sourced materials and tradespeople as possible, and to achieve an energy use that is 30 per cent less than National Building Code requirements.