Work on converting the former Knights of Columbus auditorium building into an incubator for film and arts in downtown Windsor is expected to start within two months.
The Raindance Windsor-Detroit Centre would be the first of its kind in the region.
Jeff Nadalin, president of the Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media and Creative Arts, says the plan is to provide assistance to the many talented people in the region:
"We'd serve under one roof a collaborative for all artists to come together and through some of these programs that we have grants, etc., for," he said. "We'll be providing affordable rent to recent graduates start up companies in the arts."
Renovations to the Knights of Columbus auditorium building, which has two fronts on Ouellette Avenue and Pelissier Street are to start in 60 days. The work will be done in three separate phases over two years.
The owners want the building designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. Their plan is to seek community heritage funding to assist with the renovations.
No one is saying how much money will be spent on the project, other than to call it significant.
Raindance Windsor-Detroit is a chapter of Raindance, first founded in the U.K. and now with branches in cities around the world including Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.