Fredericton confirms location for new performing arts centre

A concept design for the proposed performing arts centre by Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto. The centre will be built in the vacant lot on the corner of King and Regent streets. (City of Fredericton - image credit)
A concept design for the proposed performing arts centre by Diamond Schmitt Architects in Toronto. The centre will be built in the vacant lot on the corner of King and Regent streets. (City of Fredericton - image credit)

The location for the city's new performing arts centre is now confirmed. The centre will be built on the vacant lot at the corner of King and Regent streets in Fredericton's downtown core.

The City of Fredericton bought the land in 2021 to be divided into three lots for a new justice building, the performing arts centre and a site for commercial and residential use, according to a new release.

The motion for the confirmation of the arts centre was put forward to council Monday night and was passed.

"We have been talking about this performing arts centre and where it's going to be located for such a very long time," said Mayor Kate Rogers at Monday's council meeting.

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The release says picking the location is a step that will now move the project even closer to the building stage.

At the end of June, the cost estimate for the centre jumped by $13 million, which Rogers said was due to inflation.

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Construction is set to begin as early as fall 2023.

"Many, many hands have gone into selecting this property," said Rogers. "But I think what everyone can be rest assured is the due diligence that we put into this project just enhances the quality of that project and I think just reinforces that this is the right project at the right time for the City of Fredericton."