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LaRonde construction set to begin

Any day now, construction will begin on the new Centre Culturel LaRonde.

That’s made possible by a $750,000 donation from the Agnico Eagle gold mining company.

LaRonde executive director Lisa Bertrand says the pandemic threw a few challenges at the project, such as driving up the cost of building supplies.

“Our budget was $6.5-million,” she explains. “However, that budget is going to be at the end more towards high seven-millions.”

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The basic building will go upand as fundraising permits, finishing touches like furniture and appliances will be added.  Bertrand says her executive doesn’t want to leave the next generation of francophones in debt to pay for the centre.

“We thought were able to build and then setback with Covid and the fundraising campaign and then we were ready and then the prices went up.”

The new building should be ready at about this time next year.  It’s going up on the site of the former LaRonde, which had to be torn down following a fire in 2015.

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