A ‘recipe that can work:’ Khyber plan coming to Halifax regional council

Original: http://www.metronews.ca/news/halifax/2016/01/14/khyber-plan-coming-to-halifax-regional-council.html

A ‘recipe that can work:’ Khyber plan coming to Halifax regional council

Friends of the Khyber group details plan to renovate and reopen historic Barrington Street arts incubator.

An artist's rendering of the additions proposed to the Khyber building.

CONTRIBUTED/DAVID F. GARRETT ARCHITECTS

An artist’s rendering of the additions proposed to the Khyber building.

If a new proposal makes it through Halifax regional council, the Khyber building on Barrington Street could be making a comeback.

 

The Friends of the Khyber group held a public meeting at the Halifax North Memorial Library Thursday night to detail its proposal to renovate and reopen the historic downtown arts incubator.

 

The plan would see the city hand over the building for $1 after the group proves it can pay for the necessary renovations through funding from the three levels of government and private donations. Those renovations would link the building to Neptune Theatre, allowing for an elevator to make the building accessible, and adding a glass-enclosed fourth floor to the building, as well as an atrium at the street level.

 

“We really feel like it’s a good recipe that can work,” local musician and Friend of the Khyber Joel Plaskett said after the meeting.

 

“It recognizes the fact the city has wanted to divest themselves of the building.”

Coun. Waye Mason, who helped bring the issue to council in the first place, agrees it makes sense.

 

“I’ve got to believe the majority of councillors are going to see the wisdom in going ahead with this, and as Joel said, pushing the risk and liability outside.”

 

The group said the proposal will head to council either later this month, or in early February.

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