A marine and aquatic centre is proposed for the Shelburne Harbour Industrial Park.
SHELBURNE – An 86-page report outlining development stages for a marine and aquatic centre is being examined by the Municipality of Shelburne, says CAO Kirk Cox.
“Staff is now looking at possible next steps. Nothing (is) scheduled yet,” he said, when asked when the item would be placed on a council agenda.
The updated feasibility study was prepared last fall by a team of graduate students from Dalhousie University’s faculty of management.
The idea of creating the facility, proposed for Shelburne Harbour Industrial Park, has evolved over the past 30 years.
The report describes a $17 million multi-use complex that could provide space for marine research, fisheries training and education, and public education.
The report says the first step towards the goal is establishing a steering committee to oversee planning and early development of the complex.
Once the facility has been created, the steering committee could transition to a board of directors to oversee the centre, with committees focused on community engagement, science and technology.
The initial estimated construction cost is $5 to $7 million, with more expenditures in following phases.
Among proposed features of the centre would be a swimming pool that could be used for fishing and diving-related training.
In addition, the report recommends that residents could benefit from a pool to increase physical health.
FYI: Phased implementation approach
• Phase 1 (1-3 years) formation of steering committee, business plan, funding strategy.
• Phase 2 (2-8 years) Construction of facility, floating classroom, touch tank and basic marine lab equipment. $7.1 million.
• Phase 3 (5-8 years) swimming and training pool, accommodations. $9.1 million
• Phase 4 (5-8 years) fishery and marine exhibit. $1 million