Thunder Bay – Art Gallery Opening Pushed Back To 2022 or 2023 or 2024 or …..

Thunder Bay Art Gallery opening pushed back to 2022 or 2023

A tentative goal of 2021 for opening the Thunder Bay Art Gallery’s new waterfront location now appears well out of reach.

But Sharon Godwin, the TBAG’s executive-director, is anxious to dispel any concerns this may cause.

“I don’t want any great crisis out there in the community. We’re dealing with anything that comes at us in the most appropriate way we can,” Godwin said Monday in an interview.

The City of Thunder Bay, which owns the property at the southern end of Prince Arthur’s Landing, is still working through the province’s environmental assessment process.

Contaminated soil from decades of industrial use requires remediation.

Earlier this month, the city made a second submission to the Ministry of the Environment for a risk assessment of the property.

A city official told Tbnewswatch the revisions to the initial submission required by the ministry are relatively minor.

Godwin said she hopes construction will still start sometime next year, with completion in 2022 or 2023.

The last funding announcement to capture headlines was in January of this year when the federal government chipped in $3.5 million.

That brought total funding to almost  $30 million out of an estimated project cost of $33 million.

Godwin said a public campaign to raise whatever balance might be required won’t begin until construction begins. – Tbnewswatch

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Construction was supposed to have started in the spring of 2019. That did not happen. The start date was then pushed back to spring 2020.  Now its pushed back to ‘she hopes construction will still start sometime next year’. Once construction was delayed, the project was never going to be completed in 2021.

The extent of soil contamination has been known since 2007.

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The City of Thunder Bay, which owns the property at the southern end of Prince Arthur’s Landing, is still working through the province’s environmental assessment process.

The City of Thunder Bay has a history of issues with EAs when it comes to Prince Arthur’s Landing. I would think that there was an EA for Phase 1 of PAL, this one would be a piece of cake. Right?

Then there is the Boulevard Lake Dam project. That EA process has been going on for years.

Looks like City Admin. has become too dependent on consultants. I am surprised that this EA work is being done by city staff. I thought all City Admin. does is hire ‘experts‘.

Godwin said a public campaign to raise whatever balance might be required won’t begin until construction begins

Projects funded with public dollars should not be allowed to start construction until they are 100% funded. If you don’t have all of the money, how do you know what you can afford to build?  I don’t want to see the art gallery people begging City Council for money to complete the construction a year or two from now.

Then there is the Eaton’s building. No soil required. Central location surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants. City transit stops right outside the front door. Better option than the waterfront in every way. Was not even considered….EVER!

Why did the City of Thunder Bay require several options be investigate before giving the project a thumbs up and a big pile of taxpayer cash?  Is that not their job?  To make sure taxpayers get the best bang for their tax dollars?

Why was urban infilling such a huge priority when it came to picking the Water Street location for the Event Centre and not for this project?  Would it not rejuvenate the downtown core?  Bring foot traffic to the downtown core. Bring people with money to the downtown core?

Building the art gallery in the middle of nowhere does nothing for the small businesses of this city. Of course, it does something for Brook McIlroy.

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