Lacombe, Alberta (May 10, 2021) – Lacombe City Council endorsed the Lacombe and District Historical Society's proposed move to one of Lacombe's most iconic landmarks – the Flatiron Building.
The Flatiron Interpretative Centre currently serves as the home to the Lacombe Regional Tourism offices. That organization recently decided to transition its efforts towards social media, online engagement, and a mobile services operation – opening up an opportunity for the Historical Society to centralize its operations in the space.
The Historical Society went through evaluating potential new sites to host its archives and feature regularly rotating exhibits. While they hoped for a purpose-built facility, their focus shifted to a shorter-term strategy to address their immediate needs – which the Flatiron fulfills.
"Council is pleased to see the Lacombe and District Historical Society move into our most recognizable building," Mayor Grant Creasey said. "This facility is part of our living past and is ideally suited for the society to showcase Lacombe's roots."
Once completed, the Historical Society will occupy the main floor and basement of the facility while simultaneously sharing second-floor office space with Lacombe Regional Tourism. The remainder of the space available will be made available to host Lacombe's Public Art Collection.
The proposal will increase revenue for the Historical Society by enhancing the gift shop experience, offering new sales opportunities, and promoting exhibit sponsorships. The Historical Society plans for these revenue streams to mitigate the need for future increases to annual operating support requests.
"The Lacombe & District Historical Society continues to work and offer collaborative opportunities for all heritage and culture groups in the City of Lacombe and Lacombe County," Lacombe and District Historical Society Executive Director Melissa Blunden said. "The Flatiron Building is an integral part of the landscape of Lacombe and Central Alberta, making it an ideal location for these collaborative efforts to succeed. We are looking forward to the challenges and opportunities this will bring."
By adding the second-floor office space, the current lease agreement will increase by $9,000; however, that number will be partially offset by Lacombe Regional Tourism redirecting $4,000 of their operating budget to cover the cost of the office space they will occupy.
The net increase in cost to the City of Lacombe is $5,000.
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Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator