Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:05

Demolition of former museum building in downtown Swift Current, May 5, 2015

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The former Swift Current museum building was demolished on May 5 to make way for the development of the new Frank Rempel Centennial Plaza in the city's downtown area. The clearing of the site was scheduled to be completed by the end of the week. The building dates from the 1920s and used to be a dance hall in earlier years. The City of Swift Current sold the lot in 2008 for approximately $125,000 after the museum moved to its current location. The old building has not been used for some time and the City recently purchased the site for an amount of $190,000 to use for the development of a plaza to commemorate the 2014 centennial celebrations. S3 Enterprises donated $50,000 towards the development of the Frank Rempel Centennial Plaza. The City's intention is to create an interactive monument with 10 sculptured columns on the plaza to tell the story of Swift Current's first 100 years. The plaza will be part of a broader development to create a market district in the downtown area around Market Square.

 

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Matthew Liebenberg

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