Everything about the rally was first class except
that we would have appreciated a bigger crowd. Even the weather cooperated
although our onstage dignitaries complained it was getting chilly in
the shade. We had disk jockeys, clowns, wonderful live music from Centenial
Secondary's Lindsey Sinclair (fresh from her 4th place finish
out of 60 contestants at the Country Singing Showdown at the Kingston
Fall Fair) and Ken Stapley. We had speeches by Carol Quinn,
Joan Reive, and Florence Lennox. Gerry Boyce gave
some historic background on the BCIVS building and the site extending
way back before that school was built on the site. Orland French
read from the book " North of Seven - and Proud of It ". Geoff Green
reviewed the financial aspects of the project. And the special guest speaker
Stratton, one of Bellevilles most famous native sons.
Mr. Stratton is a world famous conductor and also hosts the Music at Midday music program on Classical 96 (Classical 103.1 for those of us who pick it out of the air here in Belleville from the Cobourg transmitter.). He gave an excellent speech pointing out that support of cultural attractions not only make sense from that cultural perspective but also from an economic point of view. The Culture industry in Ontario is the 4th largest sector of our economy and growing at a rapid pace. We're very much in danger of falling behind. Jason Bremner acted as MC for the afternoon. Several candidates for the upcoming municipal election attended. I hope they took the opportunity to view the QCC plans. Thanks to all those that worked so hard with incredibly short notice.
Commentary on CJBQ radio Call In Show Friday Aug 15th - guest Fred Deacon - Subject - proposed Trudeau Motors site for new library.
The present building has 22000 sq. ft. on the ground floor plus 15000
sq.ft. upstairs. An additional 7000 sq. ft. could be added ( I believe by
squaring out the building at the back). Mr. Deacon did a good job of presenting
the attributes of the site he is promoting. they include: -
a strong ground floor (poured concrete on bedrock)
- rooms upstairs for gallery space complete with hardwood flooring already in place
- an excellent view of the river and the riverfront trail
- an apparently attractive price. Mr. Deacon said they think they can provide the complete
library for in the range of $3.5 to $4 million dollars. However he stressed that this is based
on their preliminary estimates only without having any input on requirements from the city.
In other words the real cost may well be expected to escalate somewhat. He also indicated they knew they had to aim at an attractive price point because if it were in the range of $5 to $6 million dollars the public would be wondering why the city had not proceeded with the QCC.
The only real exception I have to Mr. Deacon's comments are that he indicated the QCC had been killed because of " elevating costs".
As far as I am aware the project costs did not increase and the project was right on budget with a firm number tendered for the completion. See All that remains of the Original Quinte Cultural Centre Website.
One caller expressed concern about old piping and services and that they could be very costly to replace. I don't know if those costs are included in the estimate or not. clearly it would not be in the interest of the Trudeau proposal to high-ball the estimate.
After the BCI site is demolished a site utilizing an existing structure could escalate somewhat but remain below the cost of a completely new facility. This is of course why the cost of the library portion of the QCC site would only have been such a bargain at about $3.7 million. The city was only going to put up $3 million so the culture supporters were already putting about $700,000 toward the library cost. there is nothing wrong with this as basically it appears that the group of QCC supporters includes most of the library supporters anyway. Considering the property value alone of the Trudeau Motors site it would seem that the cost might well have to exceed $4 million even with minor structural changes.
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