The Hay River Visitor Information Centre will be getting some upgrades.
At a special meeting on Aug. 27, town council awarded the contract for the work to RC Renovations.
The company submitted a bid of $107,500 for the project.
Mayor Andrew Cassidy said the renovations will involve a few things.
“Over the years, we’ve identified that there is more capacity in there than we’ve utilized,” he said. “There’s potential for another office space upstairs and there’s also been a bit of a need in the community for a gallery/gift shop.”
Cassidy said the renovations will include emergency access for the upstairs to make it more of a functional office space that’s up to code and other minor upgrades, as well.
The mayor said the town’s development officer will work with the contractor on the schedule.
“The contract has been awarded and they’re going ahead with it as fast as they can now,” he said.
Cassidy said the Visitor Information Centre is an important building in the community, and it needs to be improved.
“It’s in a great location right when you come into town,” he said. “It’s very visible. And I know that there has been a need, not so much for a gift shop necessarily, but a bit of a gallery where people can show some of their art, some of their crafts, and as a point of sale as well for some of the smaller items.”
Cassidy said the town doesn’t want to compete with any local businesses, but it wants to provide more value at the centre.
“It does get quite high use during the summertime,” he explained. “So it’s going to be nice to see the addition and more services provided out of that building.”
Cassidy added the gallery will not be anything too outrageous, but will provide additional space for local artists to display their work.