The city held a meeting with a Steinbach arts and culture stakeholder group on Monday to share information for a proposed Performing Arts Centre in Steinbach. The information included cost estimates and preliminary plans that were prepared by Stantec, the city’s consultant for the project.

The city is pleased with the interest being shown by the Friends of the Performing Arts Centre group, who are now developing a local fundraising campaign to support the project.

In April 2016, Council determined that a Performing Arts Centre is the next priority for recreation and culture facilities in Steinbach. At the same time, Council approved up to $7.5 million of city funds to be allocated to the construction of a Performing Arts Centre. The remaining costs are to be covered by other funding, including a minimum of ten percent from community donors.

The project will not proceed until all funding is in place. The overall project cost is currently estimated at $24.3 Million. Building construction costs are $17.9 Million with remaining project costs attributed to site development, equipment, architectural and engineering services.

The city has also submitted requests for funding from the federal and provincial government under the Building Canada Fund and the Federal Cultural Spaces Fund. A timeline for a response to these requests is unknown; however Council is hopeful that confirmation of this funding will be received in 2017.