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Town of Yarmouth gives support for new YARC

['Conceptual drawing by Jost Architects of a new YARC facility on Parade Street.']
['Conceptual drawing by Jost Architects of a new YARC facility on Parade Street.']

YARMOUTH – Yarmouth town council has approved a motion saying it supports the construction of a new regional arts facility in the Town of Yarmouth.

The motion did not specify a location, namely Parade Street.

Two weeks earlier the president of Th’YARC had made a presentation at the town’s committee of the whole saying they were looking to pursue funding options for a new facility to be located at the existing site on Parade Street.

Mitch Bonnar said they were simply looking for a letter of support from the town so they could move forward with the process of exploring funding options.

“We are simply requesting a letter from town council indicating its support in principle for the rebuilding of Th'YARC theatre on 76 Parade St,” Bonnar said in a follow-up letter to council. “To be clear this letter of support requested does not bind the Town of Yarmouth to any financial commitment, just simply support to allow Th'YARC to begin the process of building something of value for our community.”

Th’YARC had attempted to move forward with a new building several years ago but that got bogged down in a debate over location – the town council of the day wanted a downtown location, whereas Th’YARC wanted to be on Parade Street. Eventually the project fell by the wayside.

Bonnar said they are resurrecting things again because an updated arts centre is needed.

Town council also approved a second motion at its July 14 monthly meeting, calling on the town to facilitate a meeting involving Mayor Pam Mood, Yarmouth’s MLA Zach Churchill, West Nova MP Colin Fraser, the building committee of Th’YARC and/or their executive and representatives from the Western Regional Enterprise Network “with the goal of exploring all funding opportunities for the construction of a new facility.”

For its part, Bonnar says about Th’YARC, “We are blessed with a new totally-volunteer board dedicated to making this multimillion-dollar project a reality for the betterment of our community and the region as a whole.”

The motion did not specify a location, namely Parade Street.

Two weeks earlier the president of Th’YARC had made a presentation at the town’s committee of the whole saying they were looking to pursue funding options for a new facility to be located at the existing site on Parade Street.

Mitch Bonnar said they were simply looking for a letter of support from the town so they could move forward with the process of exploring funding options.

“We are simply requesting a letter from town council indicating its support in principle for the rebuilding of Th'YARC theatre on 76 Parade St,” Bonnar said in a follow-up letter to council. “To be clear this letter of support requested does not bind the Town of Yarmouth to any financial commitment, just simply support to allow Th'YARC to begin the process of building something of value for our community.”

Th’YARC had attempted to move forward with a new building several years ago but that got bogged down in a debate over location – the town council of the day wanted a downtown location, whereas Th’YARC wanted to be on Parade Street. Eventually the project fell by the wayside.

Bonnar said they are resurrecting things again because an updated arts centre is needed.

Town council also approved a second motion at its July 14 monthly meeting, calling on the town to facilitate a meeting involving Mayor Pam Mood, Yarmouth’s MLA Zach Churchill, West Nova MP Colin Fraser, the building committee of Th’YARC and/or their executive and representatives from the Western Regional Enterprise Network “with the goal of exploring all funding opportunities for the construction of a new facility.”

For its part, Bonnar says about Th’YARC, “We are blessed with a new totally-volunteer board dedicated to making this multimillion-dollar project a reality for the betterment of our community and the region as a whole.”

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