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Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Palace Theatre was preserved from demolition

The Palace Theatre was preserved from demolition.

Key Takeaways:

  • In May, the university sent a memo to the city announcing that it would be demolished in the next months.
  • According to Redhead Champagne, the North End Historical Society will gather this weekend to assemble a team to collaborate on a proposal to keep the Palace as a community asset.

The Palace Theatre appears to be unaffected.

The over 100-year-old structure, owned by the University of Manitoba, has been unoccupied since 2002. The university had previously shared a memo with the city in May stating that it would be demolished in the coming months.

Because of the impending demolition, the university had previously requested reimbursement for an inspection completed in April 2022 but withdrew the request on June 3.

The university confirmed in a statement to CTV News that the Palace Theatre will not be demolished at this time after discussions with interested community groups.

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In an emailed statement, the school stated, “We will continue to discuss how best to move with the site in a manner compatible with our commitment to community partnerships.” “Beginning June 13, UM will proceed with mandatory asbestos and mould removal to address safety issues with the existing structure.”

The North End Community Renewal Organization’s board chair and a North End Historical Society member, Michael Redhead Champagne, said he and the corporation met with the University of Minnesota on Monday.

“Right now, the work on the Palace Theatre is aimed at making the structure safe for any future renovation or renewal,” Redhead Champagne explained.

The structure, which is situated at 501 Selkirk Avenue, has previously housed businesses such as a movie theatre as well as a flea market.

Redhead Champagne said that the company has been engaging with the community to figure out what that facility might become in the future, noting that he has heard that some want it to be turned back into a theatre.

“They want to program relevant to the arts, theatre, and culture in that space. As well as a place where performances and meetings can take place.”

The Palace Theatre was preserved from demolition.
The Palace Theatre was preserved from demolition. Image from Melbourne Heritage Action

He noted that the university is open to collaborating with the community but that the next steps for a concrete strategy have yet to be developed.

According to Cindy Tugwell, the Palace will not be demolished, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg.

She stated that the structure should be used for anything the community requires.

“It’s an important aspect, a remnant, historically,” Tugwell said, “but built heritage is also very important to conserve.” “We need to start going above and above to repurpose these structures.”

“I’m overjoyed because I believe that rejuvenation isn’t limited to the downtown area. I believe it is critical to do so in areas with rich history and legacy, such as the North End. Selkirk Avenue, without a doubt, plays a significant role in this.”

The North End Historical Society will meet this weekend to form a team to collaborate on a plan to maintain the Palace as a community asset, according to Redhead Champagne.

Source: CTV News

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