Creamery Square funding will be used to complete heritage centre

Sherry Martell
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TATAMAGOUCHE - The Creamery Square Association recently received a financial boost from the provincial government to support the transformation of the historic Tatamagouche creamery building.
Colin Fowlie, Creamery Square project manager, said the organization received $75,214.54 from the provincial Department of Economic Development on March 21.
"That funding is very flexible and will be used to complete the heritage center," he said.
The two-storey building is in the process of being transformed into a star attraction on the North Shore, combining collections from at least six heritage and culture groups under one roof. Displays on the upper level, including Anna Swan and the Sunrise Trail Museum, are about 80 per cent complete, while exhibits on the lower level are about 60 per cent complete.
Further construction work is also needed in the washroom area.
The North Shore Archives has been operating from the facility throughout the fall and winter months, sorting and organizing sensitive documents in the new storage space.
The sale of the former Sunrise Trail Museum building, located on Main Street in Tatamagouche, has also given the project a boost. The net proceeds from the sale of the building were $15,116.30.
The association is also focusing on a corporate fundraising strategy plan.
"It is designed to bring money into the community and not to raise it from within," said Fowlie.
One of the project's major funders, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, has extended funding agreements, which were set to expire on March 31, to allow completion of the project in early summer.
Fowlie said no new funding was added to the contract. He is anticipating an official opening date will be set for sometime in early to mid-June.
Fowlie said the organization is now negotiating with potential funders for the project's third phase but could not divulge specific details of the plan because they are in the early stages.
"We are certainly planning toward the start of the third phase," said Fowlie.
Phase 1 of the project included the construction of an on-site farmer's market building and planning for future phases, Phase 2 was the transformation of the creamery building into a heritage and culture centre and Phase 3includes the construction of a performing arts centre, landscaping, the construction of an outdoor stage and waterfront development.
Fowlie said the village's newest museum is also in the process of developing a joint marketing initiative with other heritage and culture attractions along the North Shore in an effort to boost tourist traffic.

Organizations: Sunrise Trail Museum, Creamery Square Association, Department of Economic Development The North Shore Archives Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Geographic location: TATAMAGOUCHE, North Shore

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