Task force will look into the future of Rodman Hall

The future of Rodman Hall has caught the attention of St. Catharines city council.

Council has agreed to create a special task force to look into what may happen if Brock moves the art gallery from the historic building.

At the beginning of the month, the university announced plans to move the art collection to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts as they face serious fiscal challenges at Rodman Hall.

Jean Bridge, Member of the Rodman Hall transition board, says this is concerning, "Brocks plan, while achieving their short term economic goals, abandons the historic Rodman Hall itself and hints at future commercial use." Bridge adds, "the plan must maintain Rodman Hall Art Centre as a public amenity and support the establishment of a robust community based funding partnership to sustain rodman hall as a community cultural asset."

Brock purchased the building back in 2003 for $2. The deal had a stipulation that the university couldn't sell the property or its assets for at least 20 years.

The planned task force will look into the issue and come back with recommendations to council.