Save the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts building in Halifax
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The Conservatory is over 125 years old. It has moved a few times over the years but it relocated to the former Chebucto Road School in the 1990s.
About 20 years ago the Conservatory bought the building from the City of Halifax for $1. This is a building of historical significance to our community, both architecturally and for the central role it played in the days following the Halifax Explosion of 1917.
Of particular importance is the Lillian Piercey Concert Hall which is known to have some of the best acoustics in the city. The Conservatory is widely used by more than 20 community organizations, none of which have been consulted.
There are more than 1,000 students and 70 teachers in music and dance.
The Board of Governors has been negotiating in secret with developer Danny Chedrawe of Westwood Developments Limited about moving the Conservatory to Chedrawe's new building on Almon Street which is currently under construction. Rental of the new space is estimated at $350,000 per year and expensive leasehold improvements would have to be made.
The future of the Conservatory's current building at 6199 Chebucto Road is uncertain but it is probable that it would be demolished.
Please sign the petition to demonstrate your support to maintain the Conservatory's presence in its current Chebucto Street home.
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