CYFN may move into the old Brick building

The Council of Yukon First Nations might find itself sinking into comfortable new digs at an old furniture store.

The Council of Yukon First Nations might find itself sinking into comfortable new digs at an old furniture store.

For more than a year, CYFN has been searching for a new office building.

The latest round of rumours has CYFN moving into the old Brick building downtown.

“I’ve heard that rumour myself” said CYFN grand chief Andy Carvill.

“It’s a valid rumour. We are in talks with the owners of the Brick building.”

The furniture store relocated, leaving its building at 2166 Second Avenue vacant.

At last word, CYFN must vacate its current offices at 11 Nisutlin Drive in Riverdale by September 2008.

 “It’s been recommended to my office that this is the lease we enter into,” said Carvill.

“I haven’t signed off on any lease.

“I’m just waiting for the ‘I’ to be dotted and ‘T’ to be crossed, and when I see that document on my desk that’s when I’ll make a decision.”

The cost of the lease was not disclosed.

Carvill discussed the search for a new building with Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl Tuesday afternoon.

CYFN previously had an exclusive purchase agreement with Canadian Tire for its vacant building downtown.

Negotiations were slow and the deadline for a deal passed on September 7.

A brief extension on the agreement — made at the request of CYFN — did not produce a sale.

CYFN planned to buy the building for an undisclosed amount, but stated at a press conference that the complete plan included $6.5 million in renovations.