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SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - The City of Summerside has reaffirmed a commitment to a proposed science discovery centre to be built near the end of Mackenzie Drive.
The centre is a joint project of the Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA) and the Y Service Club of Summerside.
The two groups have been working on the initiative for several years.
The City of Summerside previously committed three acres of municipally-owned land on Mackenzie Drive to the project. The offer was for a lease of $1 annually for 50 years. Tax abatements were also part of the city’s contribution to the project.
However, in 2018, another project dubbed as a discovery centre was announced by a group in Charlottetown to be built in the provincial capital.
With a potential rival project in the works, BBEMA and the Y Service Club went back to council to express their intention to continue with the project and asked for a renewed commitment from the municipality.
That request was granted through a motion during council’s Monday, Jan. 21 meeting. The city’s contribution has not changed.
The total cost of the Summerside Discovery Centre project has been pegged at $6.5 million. The proponents expect to raise most of that money through an upcoming capital campaign.