Ottawa – City Council today approved the Arts Court redevelopment and the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) expansion, marking the culmination of a longstanding vision for a municipal arts centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts and for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown.

The $34-million capital project will include:
 – a new and larger Ottawa Art Gallery;
 – a new 250-seat multi-purpose and film screening room within the new OAG space
 – a new 120-seat black box theatre and four classrooms for the University of Ottawa
 – repurposing of space vacated by the OAG and reallocation to the major media arts partners
 – development of a connection between new construction and existing buildings on four floors to establish a truly integrated and functional facility.

The project will be financed with no new borrowing and without incurring any new debt.
The City will now initiate the procurement process for the design and build phase of the facility and for the sale of private sector tower development rights.