Ancaster art group takes over proposed centre with 10-year lease

News Jul 17, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton politicians have agreed to a 10-year lease agreement with the Ancaster Society for the Performing Arts Corporation to allow the arts group to use the proposed Wilson Street Ancaster Arts Centre.

Under the lease arrangement, the corporation will be able to use the facility at a “nominal” net rental rate and ensure it is available to all local art groups.

“The Ancaster Society for the Performing Arts will operate the facility once it is built,” said Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson.

But another reason the city agreed to the lease with the corporation, said Ferguson, is because it is easier for the nonprofit organization to apply for funding. Ferguson said the federal government has available heritage grants that the corporation will be able to access. It is seeking $3 million from the federal government.

“With this motion now (the corporation) can make the application and not have to go through the city,” said Ferguson.

The corporation is the lead organizer of the fundraising effort for the proposed arts centre.

Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Liberal MP Filomena Tassi said in 2016 the Liberals created a Canada 150 program that includes about $168.2 million to be dispersed for cultural and heritage infrastructure projects over the next two years.

In a recent interview, Tassi said building the Ancaster Arts Centre is a “top priority” and she is confident funding can be attained from the federal government.

“We are working on it,” she said. “The ministers are aware. We’ve had meetings on it. Hopefully, we are going to get this done.”

Funding the Ancaster Arts Centre is a multi-level process that involves the municipality, province, federal government and the community. The municipality has already contributed nearly $3 million for the project, while the community fundraising effort has raised $1.9 million for the proposed $12-million facility.

Ferguson said he has received some “good vibes” from the province as it considers providing its share.

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

Ferguson said the design of the centre by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, is nearly complete. It 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 centre’s entrance.

Ancaster art group takes over proposed centre with 10-year lease

News Jul 17, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton politicians have agreed to a 10-year lease agreement with the Ancaster Society for the Performing Arts Corporation to allow the arts group to use the proposed Wilson Street Ancaster Arts Centre.

Under the lease arrangement, the corporation will be able to use the facility at a “nominal” net rental rate and ensure it is available to all local art groups.

“The Ancaster Society for the Performing Arts will operate the facility once it is built,” said Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson.

But another reason the city agreed to the lease with the corporation, said Ferguson, is because it is easier for the nonprofit organization to apply for funding. Ferguson said the federal government has available heritage grants that the corporation will be able to access. It is seeking $3 million from the federal government.

“With this motion now (the corporation) can make the application and not have to go through the city,” said Ferguson.

The corporation is the lead organizer of the fundraising effort for the proposed arts centre.

Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Liberal MP Filomena Tassi said in 2016 the Liberals created a Canada 150 program that includes about $168.2 million to be dispersed for cultural and heritage infrastructure projects over the next two years.

In a recent interview, Tassi said building the Ancaster Arts Centre is a “top priority” and she is confident funding can be attained from the federal government.

“We are working on it,” she said. “The ministers are aware. We’ve had meetings on it. Hopefully, we are going to get this done.”

Funding the Ancaster Arts Centre is a multi-level process that involves the municipality, province, federal government and the community. The municipality has already contributed nearly $3 million for the project, while the community fundraising effort has raised $1.9 million for the proposed $12-million facility.

Ferguson said he has received some “good vibes” from the province as it considers providing its share.

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

Ferguson said the design of the centre by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, is nearly complete. It 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 centre’s entrance.

Ancaster art group takes over proposed centre with 10-year lease

News Jul 17, 2017 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Hamilton politicians have agreed to a 10-year lease agreement with the Ancaster Society for the Performing Arts Corporation to allow the arts group to use the proposed Wilson Street Ancaster Arts Centre.

Under the lease arrangement, the corporation will be able to use the facility at a “nominal” net rental rate and ensure it is available to all local art groups.

“The Ancaster Society for the Performing Arts will operate the facility once it is built,” said Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson.

But another reason the city agreed to the lease with the corporation, said Ferguson, is because it is easier for the nonprofit organization to apply for funding. Ferguson said the federal government has available heritage grants that the corporation will be able to access. It is seeking $3 million from the federal government.

“With this motion now (the corporation) can make the application and not have to go through the city,” said Ferguson.

The corporation is the lead organizer of the fundraising effort for the proposed arts centre.

Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas Liberal MP Filomena Tassi said in 2016 the Liberals created a Canada 150 program that includes about $168.2 million to be dispersed for cultural and heritage infrastructure projects over the next two years.

In a recent interview, Tassi said building the Ancaster Arts Centre is a “top priority” and she is confident funding can be attained from the federal government.

“We are working on it,” she said. “The ministers are aware. We’ve had meetings on it. Hopefully, we are going to get this done.”

Funding the Ancaster Arts Centre is a multi-level process that involves the municipality, province, federal government and the community. The municipality has already contributed nearly $3 million for the project, while the community fundraising effort has raised $1.9 million for the proposed $12-million facility.

Ferguson said he has received some “good vibes” from the province as it considers providing its share.

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

Ferguson said the design of the centre by the Hamilton architectural firm Invizij, is nearly complete. It 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 centre’s entrance.