REGINA, March 14, 2019 /CNW/ - Recent comments made by a former member of the Wascana Centre Architectural Advisory Committee stated that the proposed CNIB Site Renewal Project was in contravention of the Wascana Centre Master Plan. This statement is untrue.
The 2016 Wascana Centre Master Plan clearly confirms that:
- The CNIB had proposed the redevelopment of their headquarters
- The new building would be larger than their existing facility
- The new building was permitted to include tenants in addition to CNIB
- Wascana Centre Authority had conditionally approved the new, expanded building prior to approval of the 2016 Master Plan
After extensive public consultations, the 2016 Wascana Centre Master Plan was unanimously approved by the Board of the Wascana Centre Authority on March 10, 2016 and published shortly thereafter. At that time, the Board of Directors of the Wascana Centre Authority consisted of three members each from the City of Regina and the University of Regina and five members appointed by the Government of Saskatchewan. The chair of the Authority was His Worship, Mayor Michael Fougere.
The 2016 Master Plan remains in effect today.
Alberta-based architect Len Novak was named in the 2016 Master Plan as a member of the WCA Architectural Advisory Committee. Brandt notes that Mr. Novak did not take issue with the 2016 Master Plan or having his name associated with that Plan until after he was dismissed from the Architectural Advisory Committee for refusing to consider the Conexus building project.
In light of the express inclusion of the new, expanded CNIB facility in the 2016 Wascana Centre Master Plan, Brandt President and CEO Shaun Semple is demanding that Mr. Novak apologize for and withdraw his false statements.
A link to the 2016 Wascana Centre Master Plan is included here. References to the CNIB Site Renewal Project appear on pages 70 and 71 of the report, including a map showing the new building. On page 66 and 67 of the Plan is a photograph of Wascana Centre that includes the old CNIB Building and a "proposed development" map that clearly shows the new CNIB facility.
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