The Sagebrush Neighbourhood Association is hosting an information session this week about the proposed Kamloops Centre for the Arts.
A presentation on the project will be made at Bible Truth Church, located at 1099 Fraser St. in the Sagebrush neighbourhood, followed by town hall question-and-answer period.
The association will moderate the questions. All are welcome to the event, which will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the church’s meeting room.
The Kamloops Centre for the Arts proposal will go to referendum on April 4, when residents will vote on whether to give the city approval to borrow up to $45 million to build an arts centre downtown at Seymour Street and Fourth Avenue.
The proposal is being organized by the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society, with a land donation and financial backing from local philanthropists and businesspeople Ron and Rae Fawcett.
The $70-million centre would include a main theatre (1,200 seats), a small theatre (450 seats), a black box theatre (75 seats), along with space for rehearsal, production and meetings for various groups.
The society hopes to secure between $25 million and $40 million in fundraising and grant funding, leaving the city on the hook for between $30 million and $45 million in capital costs.
The city said it would not need to increase taxes as a result of the Tournament Capital Centre being nearly paid off by the time it borrows money for the arts centre.
The city would, however, be on the hook for operating costs, similar to other facilities like the Westsyde Pool, Sandman Centre or Tournament Capital Centre, and $3 million in site servicing for underground utility work.
A previous proposal to borrow up to $49 million for a $91-million performing-arts centre failed in 2015 by referendum, 54 per cent to 46 per cent.
If the April 4 referendum question gets the nod from voters, construction could begin in the summer of 2021, with the arts centre completed by the spring of 2023 for a fall 2023 opening.