The City of Saint John will soon be getting a new city hall, at the same location.
The city will amend its lease with the current building owners at 15 Market Square, the former BMO building, to rent a newly renovated space for 15 years and move in at the start of 2019.
Stephanie Rackley-Roach told the council it would be a whole different look with the ground floor being utilized and then the remainder being in the first three floors.
The escalators will have to be removed and other major renovations to allow for the space, which she says will save between $650,000 to $700,000 in operating costs each year.
Not all the councillors were happy, five wanted to have the city own a building, five were happy with the lease agreement.
In the end Mayor Don Darling cast the tie breaking vote in favour of the new lease and the "new" city hall.