The historic Hanna Roundhouse has moved a little closer to the goal of turning it into a public building.
 
At their last meeting, Hanna Town Council gave passage to a bill rezoning the land the building sits on to direct control.
 
"The land that the Roundhouse currently sits on had been zoned industrial," explained CAO Kim Neill. "Working with the Roundhouse Society, they would like to try and host events there and fundraising things, kind of social gathering things and it's not zoned for that."
 
The 104 year old building has undergone some renovation since a society was formed to try and save it. So far, they've cleaned out one end and done some work on the roof.
 
"If the society wants to hold some temporary events the ability is there, subject to the building meeting minimum safety codes tor those types of occupancies," said Neill.
 
"We've got some work to do on it meeting minimum safety codes because there's no running water, no sewer, no electricity," he elaborated. "There's still some issues we've got to deal with from a safety codes perspective, but at least the land use designation has been changed to now at least it's legal to be able to hold those types of events."
 
The Roundhouse Society held a barbeque on Saturday to raise money to repair the upper deck. They have about $38,000 still to go.
 
 

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