The SSO announced Wednesday it will occupy the building at 408 20th St. West, less than one block west of the Roxy Theatre. It will be the first time the organization has housed all of its components under one roof.
The building will allow space for rehearsals, meetings, administration and storage. It will also house the symphonyâ€™s book and music sale inventory and the sale itself. The sale raised a record $119,585.08 this year.
The symphonyâ€™s first silent movie event at the Roxy Theatre last year got it thinking about the neighbourhood and helped developed a relationship with Tom Hutchinson and Terry Stannard of Magic Lantern Theatres, and Randy Pshebylo, executive director of the Riversdale Business Improvement District.
â€œThatâ€™s really the first time weâ€™d been in the neighbourhood,â€ Jill Reid, SSO general manager said Wednesday.
â€œWe had such a good reception there, we were so welcomed.â€
The SSO signed a 10-year lease on the building, which has been used as a hardware store in the past.
â€œGood business involves wise investment,â€ Hutchinson said in a release. â€œJust as we invested in the Roxy Theatre in the hope that others would see its worth and support it, we know that investing in the future of the Saskatoon Symphony, and bringing its energy to Riversdale where it can be part of all the positive change happening there, will pay huge dividends to everyone involved.â€
On my desk at work there is a RFP from the City of Saskatoon asking for a consultants report on how to fix 20th Street. It may be a little late being put out because there has been more good news about investment on 20th Street than there has been for years. In many ways it started with both Little Chief Police Station, the Roxy Theatre, and then later with the work that Shift Development Inc. has done with The Two Twenty and Collective Coffee.