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Market square open house set

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The public soon will get their say on the new Rainy Lake Market Square project.

An open house has been set for Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the Memorial Sports Centre auditorium.

People are urged to stop by anytime during that three-hour window, Chief Building Official Travis Rob said yesterday.

As reported last week, the town selected Winnipeg-based architecture firm Scatliff Miller Murray for the completion of the design activities for the development of a market square on the site of the former Rainy Lake Hotel.

The firm is hosting the open house to get input from the public, Rob explained.

“The architects are going to have some idea boards there,” he noted.

“The committee’s going to be there, the architects are going to be there.

“Come-and-go, provide your ideas, talk to the architects, talk to the committee members,” added Rob.

“Get your ideas out there,” he stressed. “See where we’re kind of starting from and where we’re going to be going.”

Rob said there will be no conceptual drawings or the like; the project is in its earliest phase and that’s why public input is needed now.

“[The architects] want to get a feel for what the community is looking for,” he remarked.

“From that, of course, they’ll refine it down and start building their drawings.”

Rob said there’s plenty of the ideas out in the community for the new market square, but the key right now is for people to come down to the arena auditorium on Feb. 16 and let the architects know.

Another public meeting will be held later in the spring. At that point, the vision for the project will be coming together, Rob noted.

Some drawings will be ready at that time, and more information made available on the proposed project.

As far as a timeline for the project, the firm will have tender-ready construction drawings ready by the end of June.

The town then will tender a contractor to build the market square, with the intent to begin construction in late summer.

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