Public information session planned for proposed arts hub in Elliot Lake

By Rosalind Russell – Community partners and the City of Elliot Lake are hopeful they will receive funding approval for a new arts and culture hub to replace the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre that had to be demolished due to a roof collapse.

Daniel Gagnon, the city CAO, says the city has applied to the Federal government’s Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Grant program for a net carbon zero arts centre, which is estimated to cost $27-million dollars.

He says the council’s plans include a performing arts theatre, museum, art gallery space and a Welcome Centre on the former site of the civic centre on Highway 108.

He says they want to hear from the public so a public consultation will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 7 pm at Collins Hall with the city’s recreation and culture team providing a complete update.

Gagnon adds that while some details have been ironed out, a funding decision can take several months so fundraising efforts and other grant applications are also been organized.

Detailed plans are available for review …

Photo: This is an artist’s rendering of what the arts and culture hub could look like if the City of Elliot Lake and its partners receive the support funding they need for construction. The hub is being planned to replace the Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre, which had to be demolished due to a roof collapse in 2019. Artist rendition provided by the City of Elliot Lake.

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