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The concourse covers a 30m by 180m area and spans the entire South Montrose site to link City Hall to the east with the Centre for Creative Arts to the west. It will link the Montrose Cultural Centre to the proposed regional performing and media arts centre. The City has designated 101 Ave. (located at the south end of the site) as a future festival street, linking the South Montrose site to the Downtown core, creating a festival corridor.
In 2012 City Council approved the design of the South Montrose concourse (2012 South Montrose Concourse Design, PDF, 1.2 MB). Preparation began on detailed construction drawings for the project. However, since the design was more costly than envisioned and construction of the project had not been budgeted, Council decided to place the project on hold.
At the October 2014 Council Committee of the Whole workshop, Administration and consultants discussed with Council future planning for the remainder of the South Montrose site to potentially include a “town square”, community facility (i.e. performing arts centre) and a mixed use building opportunity. The need for an overall master plan was identified to ensure that future development could be transitioned and integrated following the construction of the concourse.
At the conclusion of this workshop, Council directed Administration to refer the Concourse construction and South Montrose Master Plan to the 2015-2018 Capital Budget process and Council subsequently budgeted a total of $2,075,000.00 for these projects.
On September 8, 2015, Council awarded the contract to complete the concourse design and construction as well as the preparation of the South Montrose Site Master Plan to NAK Design Strategies. The completed design was presented to the Community Living Committee on March 22, 2016 (2016 Final South Montrose Concourse Design, PDF, 5.6 MB)
Council approved the tender for the South Montrose Concourse for $1,216,746.71 to Wapiti Gravel Suppliers on May 16, 2016.
June 6, 2016
Construction on the South Montrose Concourse site has begun.
The construction area is now fenced off. This will impact some of the temporary parking on the site. However, the project has been planned to minimize disruptions to patrons of the Montrose Cultural Centre.
Public parking continues to the northeast of the venue as well in the parkade. Parking is also available to the southwest of the construction area.
The facility's south doors are now locked and will remain inaccessible throughout construction which is expected to continue into November 2016.
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