Ottawa – In a report to be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee on November 5 and by City Council on November13, City staff are recommending a project for the redevelopment of Arts Court and expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG).

The proposed $34-million capital project is the culmination of a long-standing vision for a municipal arts centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts and for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown and will be financed with no new borrowing.

“The proposed redevelopment of Arts Court and expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery will create a significant showcase for our region’s artists while creating jobs and helping to attract tourists to the City of Ottawa,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “I am very pleased that we have found a way forward, working with our community partners, to realize this important term of Council priority while using existing City funds. I am also pleased that the project can proceed without the need to incur any new debt.”

In 2011, City Council approved the implementation strategy for the Ottawa Arts Court Redevelopment project and in 2012, Council approved the Renewed Action Plan on Arts, Heritage and Culture, confirming this as a priority project for the City.

The proposed OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment 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.

Upon approval, the City will implement the procurement process for the design and build development of the facility and for the sale of private sector tower development rights.