Groups to meet for input on DCC move

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The second of three Stakeholder Engagement Group (SEG) meetings regarding the proposed Chatham-Kent Community Hub is set for June 6.

According to a municipal media release, the meetings are being held to allow the viewpoint of affected groups to be heard – and considered – as the project’s design is being developed.

Members of the organizations being invited to provide feedback include Chatham-Kent Arts & Culture Network; Historic Downtown Chatham BIA; Chatham-Kent Chamber of Commerce; CK Heritage Network; Chatham-Kent Community Leaders’ Cabinet; CKY-Chatham-Kent to the power of young people; Chatham-Kent Immigrant Advisory Group: Community Living Chatham-Kent and the Ontario Genealogical Society.

Members of the CK Public Library Board, the Accessibility Advisory Committee, the Municipal Museums Advisory Committee and the Gallery Advisory Committee are also invited to provide feedback.

Next steps include a third and final SEG meeting, as well as a public information session to take place mid-summer to present refined design ideas based on stakeholder and community input feedback. A finalized cost estimate will also be presented.

At the conclusion of the second phase, the project will come back before council to decide whether to continue the project based on information gleaned from the second phase.

If approved, the third phase will entail the finalization of the designs, tendering costs, construction procurement and pending approval and the start of construction.

The proposed Chatham-Kent Community Hub is a multi-year project currently in phase two. The project’s first phase was completed in October 2023 when municipal council approved the purchase of the former Sears building in the Downtown Chatham Centre.

The current phase is expected to last until fall of 2024. 

To find out more about the C-K Community Hub project, including getting a look at the initial design drawings visit letstalkchatham-kent.ca/community-hub.

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