Report calls for plans to be scaled back
Stompin' Tom performs during a concert in this Guardian file photo
SKINNERS POND - Tignish Initiatives is still mulling over a scaled-down plan for its proposed Stompin’ Tom Connors Commemorative project.
The development corporation held an event in Skinners Pond last July to celebrate funding approval for the project that was to include restoration of the Stompin’ Tom school house and the nearby house where he spent part of his childhood, as well as a multi-use cultural centre.
At that time, one source of funding, from Canadian Heritage, was still unconfirmed. In November, when Tignish Initiatives learned that an anticipated $350,000 grant from Canadian Heritage had been denied, that prompted other finding partners to place a hold on their money at least until a consultant’s evaluation report could be prepared.
Tignish Initiatives has since received the report, which calls for the project to be scaled back.
Reached Thursday, Tignish Initiatives board chairman Floyd Keefe said a decision on the project has still not been made.
“We’re close,” he said, noting further meetings and discussions are being arranged for next week.
The original plan called for a $1.94 million dollar development to be ready by Canada Day this year.
With construction still on hold, it is unlikely there could be an opening before 2017.