City Hall continues to look a bringing a new performing arts centre to Grande Prairie.
Two options, one worth just under $100-million, another closer to $120-million, are being looked at.
First, though, the idea of spending $200,000 on hiring someone to come up with a business case for the centre will go to fall budget talks.
Culture and Heritage Manager Karen McGrisken says among the things this would look at is market demand.
“As well as, what revenue-generating opportunities there are in the region. So, it’s two-fold. It’s really looking, like I say, at the market demand and revenue-generating potential.”
She adds if this centre is built, it would go up on the Montrose site downtown.
“This goes back several years with city council and, with the recent Montrose Master Plan that was approved by city council last year, it identified a performing arts centre on the south Montrose site, so this certainly isn’t anything new.”
McGrisken says it is hard to say when anything might get built.
“The outcome of the business case next year will really determine whether this is something that city council wants to pursue with our regional partners, like our neighbouring municipalities, as to whether or not they want to go forward with the significant investment for a centre like this.”