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Kincardine Arts Centre Seeks Renovations

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Administrator asks council to consider Phase 3 of upgrades, while one councillor wants a new building entirely

The administrator for Kincardine's Bluewater Summer Playhouse is hoping the third time is a charm.

Marilyn Clarke is hoping Kincardine council will consider completing Phase 3 of renovations at the Kincardine Centre for the Arts.

Clarke, speaking at a January 9th council meeting, says the third phase would include upgrades to the Scougall Gallery, along with renos to the main and second floors of the building.

In addition there would be washroom upgrades in the theatre area.

Estimated cost is $465,000.

Councillor Bill Stewart says he'd like to see the building torn down altogether and replaced with a new arts centre.

He admits it would cost 5-to-6-million-dollars but he believes with all the new businesses and organizations locating in the area because of Bruce Power, if ever there was an opportunity to fundraise for such a project, now is the time.

Councillor Maureen Couture says it's time to get phase 3 underway suggesting council start putting money aside over the next few years while stakeholders do some fundraising.

Clarke says the Bluewater Summer Playhouse, along with the Kincardine Theatre Guild, provide top notch entertainment and as a result, are a vital part of tourism as patrons visit the area stay in hotels, visit restaurants and shop in Kincardine stores.

Kincardine budget talks are now underway with the next meeting scheduled for Monday, January 14th.
 

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