LETHBRIDGE: Big dreams for a new performing arts centre to complement the community arts centre already under construction near Galt Gardens may have been a bit too big, according to a new study. A consulting group told a large crowd at city hall Monday that the project should be scaled back to about half its original size and budget.
“The original scope of the project had so much in it that was nice to have, but when push comes to shove, the community can't really afford it,” said consultant Richard Schick. He said the first plan for the facility reflected desire, rather than real need. He recommends the budget be downgraded from $70 million to $42 million, and the size shrunk from 153,000 square feet to 78,000 square feet.
City council voted Monday plans for the performing arts centre be referred to the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), a “bucket list” for future projects, which pleased some supporters in the crowd of about 100 people who packed council chambers for the vote. “I'm really pleased to see that the project is being referred to the CIP because I think it's an appropriate place to look at it again,” said Suzanne Lint, executive director for the Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge. “What's big enough will always be a question. But there needs to be a project, so to completely dismiss it because it's too big isn't constructive. I'm glad to see it's going forward.” Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 3/11/2014 3:27:13 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo by Country 95 News: it was standing room only as close to 100 people crowded city hall for arts centre vote Monday