A look inside Kitchener's old Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 50
The building, which was built in the early 1900s, has been vacant for the past 15 years
The old Kitchener Legion building at 48 Ontario Street North could be the city's next arts hub according to a report that will be presented to the Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee on May 30.
"We are kind of using arts hub as a placeholder term at this time," said Silvia Di Donato, manager of arts, culture and economic development. "That's part of the community engagement too, to explore what that might mean."
In addition to asking individuals in the arts community to help define the term arts hub, staff will be seeking comment on three options for the building.
- Sell the property and use the proceeds to create an arts hub at an alternate location.
- Lease the property for use primarily as an arts hub.
- Sell the property, then lease a portion of the building for use as an arts hub.
The building has been owned by the city since 2001 and has been vacant since that time. Few people other than city workers have been allowed inside, but Di Donato guided a small tour of journalists through the facility on Friday.