October 11, 2018; Liverpool, NS: A partnership between Region of Queens Municipal Council and the Astor Theatre Society was approved to jointly fund the cost of a technical assessment study for a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre. At the October 9, 2018 regular Council meeting, Council voted in favour of authorizing an expenditure of up to 15% of that cost, to a maximum of $5,000. The feasibility study is expected to cost approximately $20,000; currently, Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Mines is accepting applications for a funding program that may provide up to 75% of funding for feasibility studies on projects that have the potential to lower emissions and create local economic benefits. The Astor Theatre Society is a tenant of the municipally owned Astor Theatre, part of Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre, located at 219 Main Street, Liverpool, NS.
“We are optimistic that the feasibility study will recommend innovative, energy efficient options to heat and cool this historic facility, which is an arts and cultural gem in our community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “Council was pleased that the Astor Theatre Society saw an opportunity to access a funding program to enhance the entire facility for patrons during all four seasons.”
Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre is a provincial heritage property and a national historic site constructed in 1902. The facility currently has no central air conditioning, and for decades, the lack of air conditioning and lack of controllable zoned heating has made its use frequently uncomfortable. An efficient HVAC system will make the entire facility more comfortable for visitors and tenants, and will reduce energy costs for the facility.
"The Astor Theatre Society is very gratified for the Region's support for this Energy study. Our goal in our Capital Plan is to plot a cost efficient approach to modernizing our HVAC systems and patron comfort in this important and venerable building. We feel this will enhance and promote enjoyable and full year round use of the building as a key Arts and Cultural hub for the Community," said Rick Gilbert, Vice Chair, Astor Theatre Society.
The funding program supports initiatives including public building efficiency, among other things that support energy efficiency and lowered emissions. Funding may be used for feasibility studies, community planning, public engagement sessions, program promotion, and demonstration projects. The application deadline is October 12, 2018.