Cornwall City Council 
 

DEPARTMENT:
Planning, Development and Recreation
REPORT NUMBER:
2018-05-PDR-RS
PREPARED BY: James Fawthrop, Division Manager, Parks and Recreation and Manon L. Levesque, City Clerk 
REPORT DATE: 06/19/2018
MEETING DATE: Jun 25, 2018 07:00 PM
 
SUBJECT:Update - Arts and Culture Centre


 



PURPOSE

To rescind the formal endorsement, through Resolution, of the Civic Complex Adaptive Re-Use and Addition, Option A, as presented by +VG Architects and Sierra Planning and Management in the Cornwall Arts and Culture Center: Feasibility Study Final Report as the preferred option for a new Arts and Culture Centre, and formally endorse the recently purchased, former Bank of Montreal building, at 159 Pitt St. as the preferred option for a new Arts and Culture Centre.

RECOMMENDATION

(a) That Council receive Report 2018-05-PDR-RS.

(b) That Council approve the location of the Election Headquarters at 159 Pitt Street.



FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

The property at 159 Pitt St. was obtained by the City of Cornwall on May 16, 2018, for the purchase price of $450,000. These funds were not included within the 2018 Budget, and the purchase has been financed.



STRATEGIC PRIORITY IMPLICATIONS

The proposed Arts and Culture Centre project is identified as a priority within the City's 2016-2018 Strategic Plan under the Quality of Life pillar and is consistent with the Quality Downtown and Le Village Main Streets item also listed under the Quality of Life pillar.



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.



ATTACHMENTS


Link to Submission - Submission Cornwall City Council - 11/10/2016 7:00:00 PM - Arts and Culture Centre Feasibility Study - Administration Report (UB 2016-22)

(a) Motion to receive Report 2018-05-PDR-RS.

(b) Motion to approve the location of the Election Headquarters at 159 Pitt Street.

Moved By: Carilyne Hébert, Councillor
Seconded By: Elaine MacDonald, Councillor

Motion Carried














Approval

June 20, 2018 11:47 AM
James Fawthrop
Division Manager, Parks and Recreation
June 20, 2018 01:08 PM
Manon L. Levesque
City Clerk
June 20, 2018 01:28 PM
Mark A. Boileau
General Manager, Planning, Development and Recreation
June 20, 2018 01:37 PMMaureen Adams
Chief Administrative Officer