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Crews work on installing steel piles as part of the construction of the new art gallery on the waterfront (Adam Riley / Acadia Broadcasting)

Waterfront gallery construction well underway

By Adam Riley Jul 19, 2023 | 3:00 PM

If you’ve been wondering what that clanging noise is in the downtown Port Arthur area for the past week, its the sound of construction moving ahead on the new waterfront art gallery.

Gallery Executive Director Sharon Godwin says the steel piles are being installed a little ahead of what the Gallery was expecting, which is good, but despite being ahead its likely the structure will not be enclosed by the time the snow falls.

“I’m not sure that will happen now because it takes longer to get the steel than you might imagine. So I expect the steel will be erected, I don’t believe the building will be closed in in the fall.”

However Godwin notes the piles are going in at a good pace, describing them cutting through the ground like a hot knife through butter.

In September her successor, Matthew Hills will take over as Executive Director, but she says her time with the gallery isn’t over just yet, as she will be taking on the role of the Waterfront Project Lead.

“I’ll be working, full time, on realizing the building, realizing the funding, up until the building is open and completed. So I’m really not going anywhere.”

The new waterfront art gallery is valued at $38 million and has an expected opening date of 2025.


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