Hanna's Public Works building is getting a change of scenery.

The town recently decided to swap buildings and gain an old Alberta Transportation maintenance shop from Sorbitall Industries located in Hanna.  In exchange, Sorbitall Industries gained the town's old Public Works building.

"So, our purchase was actually a swap of our properties and a cash contribution of $500,000 to Sorbitall Industries," explains Hanna CAO Kim Neill. "The space we are getting is 19 acres of land, and 19,000 square foot shop building versus the land we had, was 1.5 acres and 7,000 shop space."

Hanna Town Council approved this transaction last Thursday in a Special Council Meeting.

"The town was looking to expand our (original) shop to give our guys more space to work on  equipment and to give us more indoor space that equipment can be stored in, instead of being outside. It just seemed to make better sense that we would purchase this building," continued Neill.

The new site allows Hanna to plan for the present and future business enquirers.

"It is still a large chunk of money when you are talking a half a million dollars, but it does set us up now and well into the future with a public work shop that is good. Also, the land is valuable in the fact that  down the road if there was a need, it could potentially be subdivided.  Maybe there could be some industrial lots created and serviced, if there was some industry looking for serviced land," concluded Neill.

The town hopes to be settled into the new building on September 1.

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