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Regina council approves new welcome services pavilion in City Square Plaza
Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017 5:59PM CST
On Monday night, Regina councillors approved $150,000 for the development of a welcome services pavilion in City Square Plaza.
"It's an exciting project, we will finally have an actual location for information services and a spot where we can loan out our games," said Lovella Jones, manager of operations for the Regina Downtown Business Improvement District.
The welcome services pavilion will be open six days a week from May until September and will have two seasonal staff members working at it.
The new building is estimated to cost around $300,000. The city and the Regina Downtown BID will each contribute $150,000.
"The downtown is the heart of our city, it really is what makes our city who we are in many ways, and you need a vibrant downtown to have a successful city,” said Regina Mayor Micheal Fougere.
“Many years ago with our downtown plan, we decided to invest in the plaza as a way to bring attention to and bring investment into downtown."
The city says funding will come out of the downtown development reserve fund, not this year’s civic budget.
The account is funded by the construction of the Mosaic tower, the Agriculture Place and service parking fees.
"It will help us instead of having to cart around a big kiosk, we'll have everything housed in one location,” said Jones.
“It will also help some of the other businesses and it might be a good spot where we can have some of their brochures."
Regina Downtown BID has not fully raised the other $150,000 for the building, but the organization is accepting donations. All donors will be recognized on a plaque at the plaza, but a donation of more than $100,000 will earn naming rights of the building for 10 years.
If the remainder of the $300,000 is raised soon, the pavilion should open in 2018.