$6M museum in art gallery to be discussed at council Monday

Windsor city council on Monday night will decide whether to proceed with plans to develop a new museum.

Idea is to use Chimczuk money for a ground-floor museum

Moving a museum to the art gallery is expected to cost almost $6 million. (Downtown Windsor BIA)

Windsor city council on Monday night will decide whether to proceed with plans to develop a new museum.

City council voted in April to renovate the ground floor into space for a new museum.

Now, funding must be discussed.

The estimated cost to locate a new museum at the art gallery is $6 million.

The proposal is to use the bequest of Joseph Chimczuk to help pay for the project.

The money he left the city years ago has grown to more than $3 million.

Coun. Fulvio Valentinis says it's time to make a decision on using that money:

"Part of the proposal, in terms of moving forward, is the hope we're able to access the money, which is now approximately $3.2 million," Valentinis said.

Valentinis said the city would like to use that money with some funding from a cultural spaces fund from the province.

"This is what we feel is the most cost-effective and the best way to create and expand a community museum," he said.

The idea is to create museum space on the ground floor of the art gallery.

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