Creamery Square work being carried out

Sherry Martell
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TATAMAGOUCHE - Shovels are in the ground again at the Creamery Square site in Tatamagouche with an aim to enhance the experience of visitors.
Project manager Colin Fowlie said construction workers launched into the first half of the Creamery Square project's third and final phase in mid-October and are currently focusing on renovating a garage on the site.
"The scope of the work we are doing right now is to create a traditional dory building operation using traditional tools and materials," said Fowlie.
A year-round farm market building was constructed at the creamery site during the project's first phase followed by the renovation of the historic creamery to create the Creamery Square Heritage Centre, which opened in June.
The third phase of the project has been reorganized to be carried out in two stages,
3-A and 3-B.
The first stage involves converting two-thirds of the main floor of the old garage into the dory making shop and the remaining third will be transformed into public washrooms, including changing rooms and showers.
The final architectural plans for a performing arts centre at the Creamery Square will be completed along with the relocation of an existing icehouse that will be used as the centre's foyer and small event venue.
"That enables us to develop the waterfront courtyard that overlooks the Waugh River and the Tatamagouche Bay," said Fowlie.
A permanent waterfront courtyard canopy will be added to the farm market building.
Fowlie said that would create opportunities to host a variety of outdoor events at the site such as music festivals or to expand the market.
There will barrier free access to the waterfront, stairs put in place from the upper parking area that crosses the Trans Canada Trail, a heritage courtyard between the dory shop and the museum building, waterfront stabilization and enhancement, and the parking lot will be improved with an emphasis on handicapped parking.
"We're developing the exterior parts of the sites, including waterfront and amenities to make the visitor aspect more complete, diverse and interesting," said the project
volunteers and interested students will operate the dory shop and wooden boats made there could be sold or rented. Fowlie said waterfront development could also create business opportunities such as bicycle rentals for people to tour the Butter Trail that cuts through the property or kayak rentals or lessons.
Funding for phase 3-A has been secured from a variety of sources and will cost about $721,644 to complete.
Construction on that part of the project is expected to wrap up by August 2010.

Organizations: Creamery Square Heritage Centre, Trans Canada Trail

Geographic location: Tatamagouche Bay, Waugh River

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