City of Steinbach Council is pleased to partner with Southeast Event Centre Inc. for the construction and operation of an Events Centre in downtown Steinbach. In June, non-profit SEC Inc. presented concept plans for an all-in-one events facility to Council who reviewed the information and ultimately decided to move forward with the project with both city funds and land.

“Tonight’s resolution to commit $10M of City funds confirms our support of the project,” said Mayor Funk, “This opportunity has come at the right time for our city and aligns with Councils’ community vision. This is a multi-use venue that supports recreation, arts, economy, and culture under one roof in a way that provides excellent value to our citizens.”

In addition to $10M in funds, City Council has approved the use of city land in and around the T. G. Smith Centre, as well as a $17.5M grant application to other levels of government under the Investing in Canada and Infrastructure Program (ICIP). SEC Inc. has pledged to raise at least $15M in private funding, bringing the total project cost to an estimated $42.5M. Support from the provincial and federal government is required for the project to go ahead.

The proposed facility includes a main venue that can be used for concerts, events, ice sports, tradeshows, and ceremonies with 2,500 spectator seats as well as a 500 seat multi-use hall/gymnasium and atrium.

The Events Centre would be located downtown, replacing the current Centennial arena, and connecting to the existing community plaza, T.G. Smith arena, Steinbach Curling Club, and theatre.

The downtown location is in line with the City’s Official Community Plan, maintains downtown as a dynamic, public space, and realizes significant construction benefits from existing infrastructure and services. The facility design also provides for ample parking.

“We are excited to work with SEC Inc. to help make this a reality for our city,” stated Mayor Funk, “It supports one of Council’s main priorities to renew recreation and cultural facilities. It will be a community space, for all community groups, made through community partnerships.”

Under an expected partnership agreement, SEC Inc. will manage the facility while the city retains ownership ensuring the centre as a long-term community asset.

It is hoped that a response to the grant application for provincial and federal support will be received in the near future. If approved, the construction of the Events Centre is expected to take several years to complete. The public will be kept informed at all stages of the project.