Memorial University has announced that information sessions and stakeholder meetings will be held to inform people of the university’s plans for the former Battery Hotel facility in downtown St. John’s.
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The Battery Hotel. Telegram file photo
A news release notes that a conceptual design of the Battery facility has been developed. It is hoped to be a public engagement hub to facilitate university-community collaboration.
It will house university outreach offices and residential space for graduate students.
“This facility represents an unprecedented opportunity to extend Memorial’s reach and relevance in this province, while also solving critical space issues for our St. John’s campus,” said Gary Kachanoski, MUN president and vice-chancellor.
“It was important for us to ensure that we were incorporating all these elements into the physical redevelopment of the building.”
The conceptual design outlines a two-phased renovation process. The initial phase will include the renovation of the main building (including the conference/public engagement space), the harbour view wing (southeastern extension), the former hotel tower for graduate student residences and the office tower that overlooks Cabot Avenue.
The remainder of the property (including the pool and city view wing) will be considered in the second phase of renovations with input from the upcoming consultation process.
Design packages are being prepared for the detailed work required for the first phase of renovations. Once contracts are awarded, the interior renovations will begin. Meantime, as part of the ongoing maintenance of the building, replacement of the office tower windows has begun.
During May and June, MUN will engage in the public consultation process.
Public consultation sessions are planned for Clarenville, Gander, Corner Brook and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, with the St. John’s session scheduled for Thursday, June 12, from 7-9 p.m. at the Johnson Geo Centre. Other dates will be announced later.