Howes heads up joint committee for major downtown arts project complex

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Howes heads up joint committee for major downtown arts project complex

Sept. 2, 2009

Businessman David S. Howes is the inaugural chairman of the joint executive committee overseeing the creation of a major downtown arts centre, a joint venture between the City of St. Catharines and Brock University.

Howes, who is president of Lincoln Fabrics Ltd. and also a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, was confirmed this week by the City and Brock to head the new committee, which will also have four members from the City and four from Brock.

The sprawling $101-million arts project, which would include several performance venues as well as teaching facilities, is to be built on properties being assembled between St Paul Street and Highway 406 in downtown St. Catharines.

Construction is expected to begin next year, with a completion target of 2013.

When completed, the City-owned Niagara Centre for the Arts will be adjacent to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, which Brock University plans to relocate to the downtown from the University’s main campus.

"As a respected businessman and community leader, Mr. Howes will bring a wealth of leadership experience to the executive committee," said Mayor Brian McMullan. "As work continues on the Niagara Centre for the Arts, his guidance and knowledge of St. Catharines and Brock University will be invaluable."

Rosemary Hale, Dean of Humanities at Brock who has played a lead role in advancing the project, said the appointment is good news.

“Brock is very pleased with the selection of David Howes as the Chair of the Joint Executive Committee,” said Hale. “He brings a commitment to the St. Catharines community and the University in equal proportion.”