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From the StarPhoenix June 3, 2011 - Letter to the Editor

The editorial, New gallery will maintain Mendel's vision (SP, May 28), contains inaccurate information.

The SP says opponents of the new art gallery are comparing the current $84-million price tag with an almost decade-old estimate for expanding and renovating the Mendel. However, the city administration updated the renovation estimate every year during the capital budget process.

In 2007, the Mendel's renovation cost was $18.3 million. In 2008, it was $21.3 million. And in 2009, the price was $24 million. The Mendel was not listed in the 2010 capital budget. Had it been included, the figure would likely have been about $27 million, less than one-third the cost of the new gallery.

Read the full letter at the StarPhoenix website.