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MACCA president optimistic about organization’s future

Art Brendan isn’t concerned despite potential Metchosin School sale

Goldstream News Gazette - Joel Tansey, July 18, 2017

The organization’s home might be on the market, but the chair of the Metchosin Arts and Cultural Centre Association (MACCA) says he isn’t concerned about their future.

Art Brendan, MACCA president, is optimistic even while the Sooke School District looks to divest itself of Metchosin School, the organization’s home since it began operations eight years ago.

“I don’t want to be falsely optimistic or confident but I do have faith that all the people that are negotiating have the best interest of Metchosin and the West Shore at heart here,” Brendan said.

Metchosin Mayor John Ranns expressed interest in acquiring the property and turning it into a West Shore arts and culture hub in May and he confirmed at a June council meeting that a $700,000 offer was made for the property’s acquisition.

Ranns added that the school’s gymnasium could be used to house a 200-seat performing arts centre.

It’s a concept that has the full support of MACCA, Brendan said.

The Sooke School District currently has the property listed at $1.5 million.



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