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Community Arts Council downtown move stymied by federal grant rejection

The long-awaited and long planned-for relocation of the Community Arts Council from its current location on 15th Avenue to Third Avenue has hit a snag.

Council learned Monday that a grant funding application under the Investing in Canada

Infrastructure Program has been rejected.

The city submitted the funding application for the Prince George Downtown Creative Arts Hub in October, 2020. The grant would have accounted for close to three-quarters of the funding required for the $5.62 million project

The city has been working with the Community Arts Council (CAC) of Prince George and District to explore alternatives to their currently leased location at Studio 2880. The CAC faces a number of challenges for service delivery at Studio 2880 due to the building’s age, layout, and location which limits universal access, public programming, and proximity to compatible uses. The two buildings at Studio 2880 are 78 years old and require significant investment to maintain the buildings in a usable state.

A preferred new location for the CAC was identified at the existing city-owned 1310 3rd Avenue building. A feasibility study was pursued to identify the redevelopment requirements for this location as a new creative arts hub to serve the Prince George region.

City administration will be reviewing the project to identify opportunities to support the delivery of arts in the Prince George region.

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