Fanshawe’s $10-Million Pitch

An artist rendering of the proposed second phase of Fanshawe College's downtown expansion.

The second phase of Fanshawe College’s downtown expansion requires anoth $10-million from the city.

On Tuesday, Fanshawe President Peter Devlin will make his case to the Corporate Services Committee as to why the city should approve that funding.

The school is hoping to move its information technology and tourism and hospitality programs into the old Kingsmill’s building. With that comes a $66.2-million price tag of which the city has already promised $10-million.

“We’ve been so struck by the effect that the Centre for Digital Performing Arts and its 400 students have had on downtown London that we’ve been looking for the right piece of property,” says Devlin. “The Kingsmill’s building is just such a wonderful building with great history and heritage.”

Ward 13 Councillor Judy Bryant likes that the city would maintain some heritage in the core.

“I’m very positive about it because not only do we have the opportunity to build what is becoming a new hub in the city, but we also keep a really good representation of what’s been there for a really long time.”

The committee meeting gets underway at 1pm.

An artist rendering of the proposed second phase of Fanshawe College's downtown expansion.

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*With files from Scott Kitching