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Granum’s Blunden Hall to be taken down

The clock has struck midnight and Blunden Hall’s time is just about up.
After a closed session March 28 MD of Willow Creek council decided to contact Alain Dubreuil to take the hall in Granum down over the next six months.
At one point slated for demolition, it was briefly saved from the wrecking ball by the MD of Willow Creek, but council decided it will no longer hold onto the hall.
Council agreed Feb. 28 to contact Dubreuil, who owned the salvage rights to the hall until the MD of Willow Creek purchased them from him for $25,000 on Aug. 12, 2009.
Council plans on asking Dubreuil if he will buy back the hall and continue with his plans to take down the building and salvage material.
The MD of Willow Creek originally bought the hall, after it had commissioned an report engineer’s report on what a hall restoration would cost.
That report suggested about $1-million.
The MD of Willow Creek also explored grant possibilities, looked at whether the hall could be declared a heritage site, and held a public meeting to consult the public on the hall.
A non-profit society was established by community members to enhance the community and look at community hall possibilities.
Council agreed it was time to move on, and now Dubreuil is in a position to take down the hall.

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