The new Royal Alberta Museum opened downtown to great fanfare in October, but plans for the old museum remain more elusive.
The old museum opposite Government House in Glenora is expected to be occupied until 2020 while staff from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism continue to transfer artifacts to the new RAM.
Government spokesperson Kate Toogood said in an email the province is continuing to look at all options regarding its future use, and no decision has been made.
She encouraged Albertans to give their feedback and thoughts for the old building in an online survey at alberta.ca/glenora-building.aspx.
The new $375.5-million Royal Alberta Museum downtown at 97 Street and 103A Avenue has double the exhibit space of the former Glenora location.
Five years later, no plan for remand centre
Speaking of buildings with no plans attached to them, questions also remain over the future of the old remand centre on 97 Street just north of 103A Avenue.
The 12-storey, 18,495-square-metre centre was built in 1979 and closed its doors in April 2013. Since then, the neighbouring area has grown in prominence with development in the Quarters, the new Royal Alberta Museum and Rogers Place.
The remand centre has seen limited use since its closure. Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General’s staff college training program has been housed there, and the building’s gym has warmed homeless men as a 120-space overflow shelter for the Hope Mission.
Toogood said in an email Alberta Infrastructure is still reviewing studies of the site “which identify a variety of considerations that must be taken into account in deciding the future use of the facility.”
She said the review will be used to make a recommendation on the future use or disposition of the former Remand Centre. The government refuses to release those studies, citing the fact they’re still under review.
“This is a very unique facility and that’s why we’re exploring a variety of options,” Toogood said.
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