New Brunswick

Judge denies Mount A alumni injunction

Mount Allison University will be able to proceed with its fine and performing arts centre after a judge denied an injunction request made by two alumni Friday.

Alumni protested the demolition of the 84-year-old library

The library, which was built in 1927 to honour students and graduates who died in the First World War, will be demolished.

Mount Allison University will be able to proceed with its fine and performing arts centre after Justice George S. Rideout denied an injunction request made by two alumni Friday.

"We are very pleased to be moving forward on the project," said Robert Campbell, the university's president and vice-chancellor in a news release.

"Student need is growing every year and this new creative-learning environment cannot come soon enough."

The university said work will begin in 2012 on the 50,000 square foot, $30-million centre. It's expected to open in 2014.

This is what architects have proposed for the $30-million arts centre. (Zeidler Partnership Architects)
"Alumni and friends have been enthusiastic about the plans," Campbell stated in the release.

"The response so far has been very positive," he said. "We have a number of generous commitments in place already and will be making announcements in that regard over the coming months."

On Tuesday, two alumni representing 1,600 alumni went to court seeking an injunction to stop the university from tearing down the library.

The library was built in 1927 by prominent Maritime architect Andrew Cobb to honour students and graduates who died in the First World War.

Last month, the alumni held a protest in an effort to save the library before the university's board of regents met to discuss the library's future.

The university has said it will save elements of the historic building to be used around the new centre.

The library became a student centre in the 1970s, but it has been vacant for the last four years.