Kingston heritage committee approves Queen's arts centre proposal with conditions

August 10, 2010

On Monday, the City of Kingston's heritage committee approved Queen's University's $63-million plan to transform the Stella Buck building into the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, but university officials are upset with conditions attached to the project that threaten to increase costs. "We didn't have a good day," says the university's project manager after the committee set conditions that Queen's retain some elements of the building and incorporate some interior features into the final design. The main point of contention is which period in the facility's evolution is most significant and worthy of preservation. The university has identified the period when it was a brewery, while committee members say all the elements are important. The committee has sent the proposal for city council approval on August 24. Kingston Whig-Standard