Regional civic centre group to meet with architects

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Committee members will meet tonight with the architects of Central Nova Scotia's regional civic centre.
Shore Tilbe Irwin in partnership with Halifax-based JDA Architects will get a chance to hear firsthand from the members working on the project.
"This is a very important meeting," said Greg MacArthur, a co-chairman of the project, to let them know "this is what we would like to have in (the civic centre)."
Nearly a year ago, July 11 to be exact, the Town of Truro and Municipality of Colchester signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their commitments to a regional civic centre.
In late November the province jumped on board with a cheque for $10 million.
ACOA Minister Peter MacKay dropped by during the lead up to the June 9 provincial election and said he is expected to be back in the near future announcing a federal component to the project. To date nothing has been announced.
Bob Taylor, the other co-chairman for the project, said the federal funding and a deal with the province to purchase the land for the civic centre near Exit 13 off Highway 102 are two outstanding issues.
But in the meantime a committed group of more than 50 volunteers and politicians have been working behind the scenes to lay the foundation for the civic centre.
"We have a large number of volunteers who have been working quite hard at this," Taylor said, noting the user group committee held numerous public and private meetings to find out what the community wanted in the civic centre.
"This is not a hockey rink, it's a civic centre that will promote wellness for all age levels," added MacArthur.
He noted there is an agreement in principle for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority to lease about 8,000 square feet in the
facility.
Community-based health programs could use the centre, expected to be located across the road from the new hospital, by utilizing the warm water pool, fitness area, multipurpose rooms and more.
"We want to build this thing right and we wanted to build it to last 40 years," Taylor said.
No firm timelines for the project were available yesterday.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: JDA Architects, Colchester East Hants Health Authority

Geographic location: TRURO, Colchester

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