Municipal heritage award winners announced

Lisa Goudy
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Heritage advisory committee chairperson Ira Dales presents Verna Alford and her brothers with the municipal heritage award for restoration for their work on Grant Hall at the Jan. 16, 2014 luncheon at the Heritage Inn.

The municipal heritage awards were given out on Thursday.

The three awards were given out prior to the 2013 Citizen and Group of the Year Awards on Thursday at a luncheon at the Heritage Inn.

The restoration award went to Verna Alford for her work on Grant Hall, the sympathetic new construction award went to Little Chicago Developments for Browns Socialhouse and the adaptive reuse award went to Betchar Holdings for Ross School.

“We really appreciate this award. I’m kind of emotional. When we started, there was a lot of negativity,” said Alford during her acceptance speech. “(We) brought forth a building reborn. We now have a building in the City of Moose Jaw that will last another 80 years.”

She added the building is a “multi-purpose building.” There are five weddings booked for the patio, conventions are planning to use the building and the 20 hotel rooms are booked, she said. There are some rooms for assisted living and the main and lower levels are for the public.

“It’s being used very well,” said Alford.

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Organizations: Citizen and Group, Heritage Inn, Betchar Holdings Ross School

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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