Calgary Herald – Arts Incubator Breaks Ground at King Edward

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Calgary’s arts incubator broke some new ground Wednesday — literally.

The first shovel went into the ground at CSpace, the city’s new arts incubator being built at the site of the old King Edward School in Marda Loop.

It’s the start of an ambitious multi-use project that will transform the century-old school into a 4,366 square meter (47,000 square foot) multi-purpose creative incubator housing a variety of Calgary arts groups, and non-profit community organizations, as well as a real estate development that ranges from luxury condos to more affordable artist studios, to seniors housing.

The $28 million project is scheduled to open in late 2016.

“I love that we’re taking a century-old building that’s been vacant for years and putting it where it belongs — right back into the community,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

“We’re breaking ground on something really important here. We’re breaking ground on history. And that is what makes me really excited, because what better way to celebrate history than with art?”

For Reid Henry, the President and CEO of CSpace, Wednesday marked a breakthrough moment in a project that has had its share of ups and downs since it was announced in 2012.

“It’s a pretty special moment for everybody,” said Henry.

Read the full article from the Calgary Herald HERE

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