The City of Fort St. John will seek up to $100,000 in provincial grant funding to help study its options for a new visitor centre.
The city will apply to the rural dividend program this month as it plans to carry out a feasibility study on moving the centre from its home in the Pomeroy Sport Centre. The study would confirm a site location, produce concept designs and preliminary cost estimates, and recommend potential amenities, themes, and partners.
“Council has commented that it is anxious to move the Visitor Information Center from its temporary location into a permanent home,” city manager Dianne Hunter wrote in a report to council. “This grant will assist in developing plans to proceed with that direction.”
The centre's current home was only supposed to be temporary after it moved from 100 Street and 96 Avenue in 2013.
The city has eight acres of land along the Alaska Highway near Station 44 that it had initially set aside for a new visitor centre, though the study could identify a more suitable location.
The deadline for applications to the rural dividend program is Aug. 15. If a grant is approved, the city would be responsible for contributing up to $20,000 toward the study, or 20%.
Construction on a new building could start as early as 2021.
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