The City of Langford and the Maritime Museum of BC have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the proposed construction of a state-of-the-art maritime museum, conference centre and performing arts theatre in Langford.
The planned project will be located at 790 McCallum Road in the City of Langford and will include the Pacific Maritime Centre that contains a Canadian maritime museum, an immersive planetarium theatre, an observational light-house design sky-deck, a 40,000 square foot conference centre and a multi-story business tower which will be available for government or corporate offices.
The project will also include an adjoining approximate 1,200 seat state-of-the-art Performing Arts Theatre, which will attract world renowned Broadway shows and provide other arts and culture experiences for the Langford residents and youth.
The estimated cost to build the Pacific Maritime Centre is $57 million, while the estimated cost to build the Performing Arts Theatre is $30 million. It is anticipated that the project will be funded through fundraising, tenant lease agreements and federal government infrastructure programs.
Langford mayor Stew Young said “this project will create several new Canadian iconic attractions for the City and will further enhance our commitment for providing family-based entertainment, youth training initiatives, educational programming and exciting new public events that help support our local economy.”
Capt. John Clarkson, chair of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia, said, “we are very excited about working with the City of Langford on this proposed project. This is the perfect opportunity for the Museum to establish a cooperative development model involving both the government and private sector to create an excellent experience for visitors to Langford and Greater Victoria.”
The Museum and City of Langford will work towards creating partnerships with First Nations, School District 62 and other school districts, post-secondary institutions, non-governmental organizations, federal and provincial departments, youth and daycare programs, other private sector entities, and community-based arts and cultural organizations.