Ancaster Liberal MP Filomena Tassi still ‘fighting’ for arts centre

News May 19, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

The federal government is well aware of the critical need to help fund the construction of the proposed Ancaster Arts Centre, says Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Liberal MP Filomena Tassi.

But how to access that pot of cash will be the tricky part, she said.

“I am fighting to get those funds for the arts centre,” said Tassi in an interview.

Nearly a year ago, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson’s attempt to get $3 million in funding from the Ottawa as part of its application for the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program fell on deaf ears. City and federal officials had said the arts centre project didn’t meet the federal government’s criteria.

Ottawa recently provided just over $2 million to fund 12 of the 24 projects the city submitted to the Liberals to fund various cultural and community projects.

Tassi said there could be another federal program called the cultural spaces fund under the Canada 150 program that could provide cash for the arts centre.

“That is one possible avenue,” said Tassi.

The fund was created in 2016 with about $168.2 million to disperse for cultural and heritage infrastructure projects over two years.

The first-term federal MP said the arts centre remains a high priority for her because it will benefit the entire City of Hamilton.

“This idea would be very good not only for Ancaster but for the whole city,” said Tassi. “The potential here is to turn (Wilson Street) into a mini-Niagara-on-the-Lake. Everything is there for that, and I like it too.”

The idea is to have all three levels of government contribute about $3 million to the project, with the community also chipping in one-third of the cost. The municipality has nearly contributed its share of the cost of the project.

A public campaign to raise $3 million toward the $12-million facility has been picking up steam since it was launched last October. Last month, the Rotary Club of Ancaster AM contributed $100,000 to the campaign. The donation will be recognized by naming the centre’s atrium after the Rotary Club of Ancaster AM.

The preliminary cost to transform the 70-year-old former Memorial Elementary School is $6.93 million, while demolishing half the structure is estimated to cost about $5.2 million.

The design, by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, includes a 450-seat theatre, a gallery, multiple small rooms, along with a European piazza and a one-way entrance from Wilson Street that would allow drivers to drop off people at the entrance.

Tassi says the project remains a top priority and is confident the funding can be attained.

“I don’t have an answer yet,” she said. “We are working on it. The ministers are aware. We are continuing to work on it. We’ve had meetings on it. Hopefully, we are going to get this done.”

 

Ancaster Liberal MP Filomena Tassi still ‘fighting’ for arts centre

News May 19, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

The federal government is well aware of the critical need to help fund the construction of the proposed Ancaster Arts Centre, says Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Liberal MP Filomena Tassi.

But how to access that pot of cash will be the tricky part, she said.

“I am fighting to get those funds for the arts centre,” said Tassi in an interview.

Nearly a year ago, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson’s attempt to get $3 million in funding from the Ottawa as part of its application for the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program fell on deaf ears. City and federal officials had said the arts centre project didn’t meet the federal government’s criteria.

Ottawa recently provided just over $2 million to fund 12 of the 24 projects the city submitted to the Liberals to fund various cultural and community projects.

Tassi said there could be another federal program called the cultural spaces fund under the Canada 150 program that could provide cash for the arts centre.

“That is one possible avenue,” said Tassi.

The fund was created in 2016 with about $168.2 million to disperse for cultural and heritage infrastructure projects over two years.

The first-term federal MP said the arts centre remains a high priority for her because it will benefit the entire City of Hamilton.

“This idea would be very good not only for Ancaster but for the whole city,” said Tassi. “The potential here is to turn (Wilson Street) into a mini-Niagara-on-the-Lake. Everything is there for that, and I like it too.”

The idea is to have all three levels of government contribute about $3 million to the project, with the community also chipping in one-third of the cost. The municipality has nearly contributed its share of the cost of the project.

A public campaign to raise $3 million toward the $12-million facility has been picking up steam since it was launched last October. Last month, the Rotary Club of Ancaster AM contributed $100,000 to the campaign. The donation will be recognized by naming the centre’s atrium after the Rotary Club of Ancaster AM.

The preliminary cost to transform the 70-year-old former Memorial Elementary School is $6.93 million, while demolishing half the structure is estimated to cost about $5.2 million.

The design, by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, includes a 450-seat theatre, a gallery, multiple small rooms, along with a European piazza and a one-way entrance from Wilson Street that would allow drivers to drop off people at the entrance.

Tassi says the project remains a top priority and is confident the funding can be attained.

“I don’t have an answer yet,” she said. “We are working on it. The ministers are aware. We are continuing to work on it. We’ve had meetings on it. Hopefully, we are going to get this done.”

 

Ancaster Liberal MP Filomena Tassi still ‘fighting’ for arts centre

News May 19, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

The federal government is well aware of the critical need to help fund the construction of the proposed Ancaster Arts Centre, says Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Liberal MP Filomena Tassi.

But how to access that pot of cash will be the tricky part, she said.

“I am fighting to get those funds for the arts centre,” said Tassi in an interview.

Nearly a year ago, Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson’s attempt to get $3 million in funding from the Ottawa as part of its application for the Canada 150 Infrastructure Program fell on deaf ears. City and federal officials had said the arts centre project didn’t meet the federal government’s criteria.

Ottawa recently provided just over $2 million to fund 12 of the 24 projects the city submitted to the Liberals to fund various cultural and community projects.

Tassi said there could be another federal program called the cultural spaces fund under the Canada 150 program that could provide cash for the arts centre.

“That is one possible avenue,” said Tassi.

The fund was created in 2016 with about $168.2 million to disperse for cultural and heritage infrastructure projects over two years.

The first-term federal MP said the arts centre remains a high priority for her because it will benefit the entire City of Hamilton.

“This idea would be very good not only for Ancaster but for the whole city,” said Tassi. “The potential here is to turn (Wilson Street) into a mini-Niagara-on-the-Lake. Everything is there for that, and I like it too.”

The idea is to have all three levels of government contribute about $3 million to the project, with the community also chipping in one-third of the cost. The municipality has nearly contributed its share of the cost of the project.

A public campaign to raise $3 million toward the $12-million facility has been picking up steam since it was launched last October. Last month, the Rotary Club of Ancaster AM contributed $100,000 to the campaign. The donation will be recognized by naming the centre’s atrium after the Rotary Club of Ancaster AM.

The preliminary cost to transform the 70-year-old former Memorial Elementary School is $6.93 million, while demolishing half the structure is estimated to cost about $5.2 million.

The design, by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, includes a 450-seat theatre, a gallery, multiple small rooms, along with a European piazza and a one-way entrance from Wilson Street that would allow drivers to drop off people at the entrance.

Tassi says the project remains a top priority and is confident the funding can be attained.

“I don’t have an answer yet,” she said. “We are working on it. The ministers are aware. We are continuing to work on it. We’ve had meetings on it. Hopefully, we are going to get this done.”