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Cooke moving into new offices in renovated synagogue

Company got the building for free.

Canada-based Cooke Inc., is expanding operations into new office space next door to its corporate headquarters in St. John, New Brunswick, reports the CBC.

The company spent several million dollars to restore a vacant former synagogue, originally a Calvinist church dating back to 1871, and converted it into three floors of offices, meeting rooms and a lunch room, the news service reports.

Employees will move into the new space in the coming weeks.

The city-owned building had been approved for demolition, but two years ago Cooke reached a deal in which it received the building at no cost. The local government then gave Cooke CAD 50,000 ($37,514/€33,275) to cover removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials.

Cooke has also purchased three adjacent properties but has not yet disclosed what it plans to do with the buildings.

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