What's the future for the Founders site?

Closes 3 Nov 2020

What should we do with the Founders site?

Option 1 : Remove the theatre and create a basic park

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This option keeps and repairs the Dame Hilda Ross Memorial Fountain. The basic park includes a lawn only with no new planting or park furniture. Option 1 will cost approximately $1M and was budgeted through the previous Long-Term Plan.

Option 2 : Remove the theatre and create a multi-purpose park

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This is the Council’s preferred option. It keeps and repairs the Dame Hilda Ross Memorial Fountain and creates a modern, welcoming, multi-use inner-city park with zones for different activities.

The cost depends on your ideas (on the next page if you choose this option). It will be more than the budget provided for Option 1. If Council decides to proceed with this option, we will seek further community feedback during the 2021-31 Long-Term Plan consultation in March.

Option 3 : Create something new from the theatre building and area around it 

Note: If you choose this option, the next page will ask for an expression of interest on an alternative purpose for the building. It will cover questions around your business plan and funding proposal, which you will need to submit.  Note that estimates to restore the building have ranged from $12M to $20M.

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What should we do with the Founders site?