Crown Counsel moving into old City Hall

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Surrey: The old Surrey city hall will be home to Crown counsel, after the provincial government signed a 10-year lease for part of the space. The lease is for 45,000 square feet of the building at a rate of $565,000 a year for the first five years, staff confirmed. The agreement is for an initial 10-year term, with options to renew up to 2036.Crown counsel will move from the Surrey courthouse to the former city hall as part of a $3.4 million expansion project that will more than double its office space.This service, located in close proximity to the courthouse, the Pre-Trial Centre and the RCMP, will provide for an enhanced relationship among Surrey’s justice system partners. This project is one of two significant justice projects in Surrey. The Lower Fraser Valley Court expansion plan, which was released on Feb. 5, 2014, identifies court expansion needs for Surrey, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley. The expansion of the Surrey courthouse was identified in that plan as the highest priority project. This announcement is a precursor to making the expansion a reality. Funding from the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services covers the design, construction and project management costs to upgrade the former city hall space to meet Crown counsel’s specific operational and security needs. Design and renovations are expected to be completed in early 2015.