Friday, April 6, 2007

Can't Happen Soon Enough

This summer will see the dirt start to move for the development of GP's new Cultural Centre. It's a combination of a two story 37, 000 sqft Library, a 4200 sqft Central Hall and a 8000 sqft addition to the current Art Gallery. You can see all the details and some renderings of what the whole thing will look like here.

We are lucky to have a great site available right in the heart of the city for a project like this. It's funny, I actually attended the old Montrose Junior High School which stood on this same site until it was knocked down in the early 90's. One of the great features of the project is the underground parking which will allow us to save lots of area for greenspace and park.

Like all projects there have been some snags along the way, you know things like a third of the roof on the old art gallery collapsing! Luckly it looks like most of the art was saved and thanks to Gallery Director Robert Steven no one was hurt. The local newspaper has a great photo show of the collapse here. We're not sure at this point if we'll be able to save the old building and still attach to it as we had planned - I hope we can, GP only has so many historic buildings.

So the scope of the project could change quite a bit depending on how the status of the collapsed gallery ends up. Regardless, I can't wait to see the ground breaking happen this summer!

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