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Bruce County Committed to Museum Expansion

Bruce County | by Megan Johnson  

The County launched their own application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on April 4, 2019.

Bruce County says it remains committed to the expansion of the Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton for archival purposes and on April 4, launched their own application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, to move the expansion process forward.

In a media release from the County, they say the purchase of the Southampton property, 254 High Street, known as former Anglican Church Rectory, was purchased to expand the Museum's Archival Services, while also "investigating co-location options to advance this cultural hub".

An injunction through Blaney McMurtry LLP, brought on by the Southampton Cultural Heritage Conservancy  on March 21, 2019, halted the demolition of the current structure.

The County says their application will advance a hearing, to take place June 20, 2019.

"The purpose of the application is to obtain opinion, advice and direction from the Court arising from the County's expenditure and intended ongoing use of funds received from the Estate of Bruce Arthur Krug as a beneficiary named in the Last Will and Testament," says the release. 

Warden Mitch Twolan confirms, "the County remains committed to the expansion of the Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, which was the intended purpose when the 254 High Street property was purchased in 2018. Since that time, the County has been investigating the co-location option to help advance the Archive expansion and to see this area develop as a cultural and innovation hub in Bruce County,". 

Bruce County says through several background reports completed between 2015-2018  it acknowledged a lack of space in the existing building would impact the Museums' building to preserve the "tangible assets that represent the history of Bruce County". 

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