BACKGROUND / DISCUSSION
At the Council meeting of October 11, 2016, the attached report was presented to Council describing the recommendations of the Arts and Culture Feasibility Study - Final Report. At this meeting, Council formally endorsed the Civic Complex Adaptive Re-Use and Addition, Option A, for a new Arts and Culture Centre as recommended in the Feasibility Study prepared by +VG Architects and Sierra Planning and Management. This preferred option had an estimated construction cost of approximately 12 million dollars.
Prior to the City's purchase of 159 Pitt Street, Administration retained +VG Architects to complete a "Fit Test" review of the property and determine its suitability for future conversion into an Arts and Culture Centre. This "Fit Test" review concluded that the property can accommodate the program requirements for a new Arts and Culture Centre, which includes a multi-use black box theatre space that could accommodate approximately 150-200 people. The review of the property also provided construction estimates for various renovation/addition scenarios which ranged between 4-6 million dollars.
It is anticipated that, for this project to materialize, a community fundraising initiative similar to that of the 3+1 (Benson Centre) initiative would be required. It is also anticipated that Administration would pursue upper levels of government funding sources.
Currently the building is vacant with 8-10 cubicle style offices. Administration currently plans to use the building in the short term as an Election Headquarters for the upcoming municipal election taking place on October 22, 2018.
It is proposed that the rental costs, in the amount of $5,000 for an Election Headquarters, be committed to the community fundraising initiative for the new Arts and Culture Centre.
The Election Headquarters will be open to the public beginning September 3, 2018. Members of the public will have an opportunity to visit the building. By doing so, the City will undergo a public engagement exercise and will be looking for comments, ideas and feedback for the new Arts and Culture Centre.