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Town of Yarmouth takes next step towards new arts & culture centre

A conceptual design of the proposed new arts and culture centre proposed for the Collins Street parking lot.
A conceptual design of the proposed new arts and culture centre proposed for the Collins Street parking lot. - Contributed

Architect hired for design and feasibility study

YARMOUTH -  The Town of Yarmouth has approved a proposal submitted by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects for a new arts and culture centre concept design and feasibility study phase.

Four proposals were received in response to an RFP issued in November.

The town’s sub-committee completed the scoring and selected MacKay-Lyons with its bid of $136,000 plus HST.

Council has approved the location for the proposed centre, where the Collins Street parking lot is now.

An RFP will be issued to hire a firm to develop a governance model for the new facility.

In January 2017, MacKay-Lyons architects were hired to do site analysis and engage the community's arts and culture stakeholders to create a design concept and representation of the vision for the proposed downtown arts and culture centre.

Council approved the location at 5 Collins St. based on evaluation and recommendation from site analysis.

The MacKay-Lyons group held two workshops with representatives from a cross-section of the arts and cultural community to gather ideas.  Information from these visioning exercises was presented at a public event at the Rodd Grand Hotel on Oct. 10.

Council has identified the development of a downtown arts and culture facility as its top priority.

The overall cost of the project will be budgeted in the capital plan.

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