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Red River College president Jeff Zabudsky hopes to turn the Union Bank Tower into a 100-unit student residence and culinary arts school.

PHIL HOSSACK / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Red River College president Jeff Zabudsky hopes to turn the Union Bank Tower into a 100-unit student residence and culinary arts school.

WINNIPEG--The oldest skyscraper in western Canada will finally get a facelift as Ottawa and Manitoba have agreed to help fund Red River College's renovation of the Union Bank Tower.

The 104-year-old structure at the corner of Main Street and William Avenue will be converted into a culinary and hospitality school, restaurant and new student residences with the help of $9.5 million in federal funding and $5 million from Manitoba, politicians announced this morning.

The project, originally announced last year, will cost  $27 million in total. Shovels will be in the ground this summer, Red River College officials said.

Paterson GlobalFoods will also contribute $1.8 million toward the project, which will also see new buildings rise around Old Market Square.