FFWD: “Strike one, strike two, home run?”

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The third time could be the charm for the sale of an iconic school. After two strikeouts by previous private buyers, Calgary Arts Development and The Calgary Foundation are heading to a community and protective services committee meeting on June 29 to seek a $5-million city contribution to help purchase the 100-year–old King Edward School to transform it into an arts centre. The partnering organizations put in a bid to purchase the vacant school in the city’s southwest from the Calgary Board of Education in 2010 in hopes of transforming the historic facility into an arts hub. Calgary Arts Development director Reid Henry says the organizations have been zealously working for the past eight months on a duel-development process. “It’s been a lot of work but we really believe this will be an important asset for the arts community in the city,” Henry says of the project. “This building represents a lot of things I look for in this type of facility.”

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