The Chief Creative Officer of the Steinbach Arts Council says their building is in need of some improvements. The 83-year-old building is leased from the city. Cindi Rempel Patrick says it is showing its age.
"We have some floors that are starting to warp now, the original hardwood floors are in there and they're great for our programming, however, they are starting to warp and to be dangerous in our classrooms. We have washroom facilities that need upgrading, the exterior of the building is faded and it needs some extra work, we have some areas in the building with heating issues and we have an old elevator that's used quite a bit but there's a lot of maintenance required on it."
Rempel Patrick this week asked the city, as the landlord, to do the necessary upgrades.
Mayor Chris Goertzen says city council will consider the request, noting this building previously served as a high school and a library before being leased to the arts centre.
"We know that old buildings need repair and they've certainly identified some of those challenges that they're facingin that building. Council will look at this and, as we go through the budget, we'll decide what we can afford and what is the most prudent way to spend dollars."
Rempel Patrick and Arts Council chair Graham Pollock note they frequently have guests from across the country and it would be nice to have a building that better reflects the city's image.