Two Huge Milestones for NEW PAC

On August 15th The New Performing Arts Centre celebrated two huge milestones: the announcement of the first corporate gift toward the fundraising campaign and a cornerstone ceremony where the facility’s cement foundation was poured.

Algoma Central Corporation graciously gifted $250,000 to the state-of-the-art academic and cultural complex. Their generosity is recognized with the naming of the community lobby, officially named Algoma Central Corporation Community Lobby. Algoma President and CEO Greg Wight presented the cheque to Fundraising Cabinet Chairman and event master of ceremonies Peter Partridge and St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan.

“It is very important other companies in the region follow suit,” said Wight. “This facility will make St. Catharines a better place to live and work for all of us.”

The announcement was made at the late morning cornerstone ceremony that took place across from the facility construction site. In addition to Peter Partridge serving as MC, the event included special guest speakers Mayor McMullan, St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley and MP Rick Dykstra.

Dignitaries and members of the public were invited to place their handprints or initials in the freshly poured cement and forever leave their mark on the foundation of this transformational project.

Check out our photos from this fabulous event celebrating the first corporate gift and the ceremonious pouring of the cement foundation below or by visiting our Flickr page!

Economic Boom Ahead

The New Performing Arts Centre is an exciting project for a number of reasons. Area residents will enjoy new ways to engage with culture, local arts groups will have new stages to practice and perform on, and Brock University students will have two phenomenal new learning environments.

Once construction of the state-of-the-art facility is complete, Niagara Region’s cultural cluster will have a new highlight and St. Catharines’ downtown will be a modern and attractive hub of activity, opportunity, and experience.

The New Performing Arts Centre will not only reawaken culture within the region, it will also have a significant impact on the local economy. Check out the facts below to get a better idea of how The New Performing Arts Centre will contribute to the region’s economic health:

  • $28 million parking garage (opened 2012)
  • $50 million spectator facility (opening in 2014)
  • $60 million Performing Arts Centre facility (opening in 2015)
  • $30 million investment by Brock University to repurpose the Canada Hair Cloth Building for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (opening in 2015)
  • $54 million replacement of Burgoyne Bridge by the region of Niagara (project starting 2013)
  • Increasing and helping sustain property values and tax revenue
  • Stimulating new, high quality retail, residential and commercial investment in the region
  • Populating downtown streets during evening hours, making downtown streets safer and more inviting for arts patrons and visitors
  • Extending visits of tourists to the region and attracting visitors downtown
  • Attracting new executives to the area to live in a progressive, modern community with quality professional arts and culture events and performances

What aspect of The New Performing Arts Centre are you most looking forward to? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below!