News 95.7: ‘Friends of the Khyber’ to hold public meeting on Thursday

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News 95.7: ‘Friends of the Khyber’ to hold public meeting on Thursday

Posted Jan 14, 2016 6:34 am AST

The Khyber Building on Barrington Street in downtown Halifax.

HALIFAX – A public meeting will be held on Thursday night in Halifax to explain a community proposal to save the Khyber Building.

The group ‘Friends of the Khyber,’ along with the Khyber Centre for the Arts will present their plan submitted to city council for a revitalized building on Barrington Street.

Spokesperson for the group, Emily Davidson, said the meeting is to show supporters what the group has been working on, with a decision on staff report based on the group’s proposal is coming before Regional Council next month.

“We wanted to have a community meeting now to get everybody back in the loop and let them know what’s going on,” Davidson said.

The Khyber was built in 1888, but despite it’s rich history, has been closed for over a year because of asbestos, but supporters would like to see it turn in to an arts hub.

Davidson said this was part of the proposal to the council.

“The city itself would support our proposal with some financial contribution but in the end, they’re divesting of the building in our proposal and giving it to these community groups to run.”

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Halifax North Memorial Library.

Dartmouth musician Joel Plaskett is also expected to be in attendance.

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