A bit of downtown commercial space is being developed to support the art and music community.
Slumland Promotions plans to set up retail space in the basement of 4732 Ross St., where the creations of local artists will be displayed and sold. It also wants to provide an area for musicians to practice and perform.
On Wednesday, Slumland obtained approval from Red Deer’s municipal planning commission to use the downstairs premises as a commercial entertainment facility. Desiree Babcock, who operates Slumland with business partners Patrick Devine and Jack Mayne, said their goal is to support local musicians and artists.
Practices are expected to be held weekly, with performances at least once a month, she said. These will include all-ages events and adult events where liquor will be available.
Music will only be played after 7 p.m., said Babcock. Noise from the basement does not carry beyond the building, she added.
The commission heard that Slumland has held events in the Bower Kin Community Hall, without complaints.
Its new space consists of 2,733 square feet, and was previously occupied by Master Rim’s Taekwondo Academy and Absolute Fitness. The commercial premises above were the location of Make Your Bed, with Victoria Lane Brides next door to the west.
City staff recommended that Slumland’s application be approved, pointing out that its plans support the Greater Downtown Action Plan objective of artistic and cultural activities in the area.
The commission’s approval expires in one year, at which time Slumland’s use could be re-evaluated.