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City plans new transit building

The city of Greater Sudbury closed a $4.9 million deal Wednesday to buy the former National Grocers distribution centre on Lorne Street. A new transit garage and office space will open within two years, the city said in a press release.
National Grocers closed the 135,000 square foot distribution centre in April, putting more than 100 employees out of work.

The city's Chief Administrative Officer, Doug Nadorozny, said the purchase was a smart investment.

"While we are not happy about the job losses resulting from the closure of the distribution centre, we can at least say some good has come from the vacancy," he said.

The city knew in 2008 that its existing garage was too small. The garage was built in 1971 as a storage facility.

Negotiations for the National Grocers property began in the summer.

Council approved the purchase pending an engineering, construction and environmental assessment of the property. The city said it will award the contracts for renovation this spring and construction should be finished by the summer of 2012. 
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