Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Market

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Public Meeting #1

Background: A Hub for Culture, Food and People

Niagara Falls City Council’s 2015-2018 Strategic Priorities include a commitment to building and promoting a vibrant, sustainable city that supports an active, connected and creative community. It identifies both the revitalization of the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market, and fostering culture as a key contributors to attracting and retaining talent, providing quality of life and supporting creative businesses as strategic objectives.

The City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan expressed the desire for cultural intensification to create a vibrant and well planned city, and called for the development of an integrated, centralized cultural asset. The Main & Ferry area presents a unique opportunity to form a cultural cluster, as described in the City’s, and Region of Niagara’s Cultural Plan, in this neighbourhood.

The project will operate as a new hub for culture and community in the historic Main & Ferry area. The project space, located at the site of the current Sylvia Place Market and city-owned parking area south of and adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, will be a dynamic creative space dedicated to arts, cultural engagement, and market activity with additional publicly accessible space for community gatherings.

This area has the potential to become the cultural and social heart of our community.

Project Moving Forward

The City of Niagara Falls has engaged the services of DTAH(External link) to provide support in the development of the project. DTAH architects, landscape architects, planners and urban designers have been offering a unique mix of interdisciplinary design services since 1972 to institutions, federal and provincial government agencies, municipalities, developers and not-for-profit corporations.

The 1st Public Meeting on the new Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Consultants Glenn Pothier (GLPi) and Megan Torza (dtah) presented the results of their stakeholder consultation and work to date on a needs assessment and concept plans for the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub and Farmers' Market. They received feedback from over 80 attendees - clarifying what they heard during the stakeholder consultation sessions and asking for confirmation of the site analysis. View the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub + Farmers' Market Visioning Study presentation online.

Several more stakeholder meetings and public meetings have taken place since. This has allowed the Steering Committee and the design team the ability to create a space that caters to the needs of the arts and the market communities. What has been created, will be a space that has two adjoining buildings. One, to house a café, artist studios, a gallery and a woodworking shop. The second; to be a 3000 sq ft Market Hall, which house our regularly scheduled Farmers’ Market, be a space for other events that include music, theatre, lectures and other weekend markets. It will be flexible enough to house 200+ attendees seated for a performance but also host festivals and events developed by community programmers and City Staff.

The Steering Committee presented an update to City Council in April of 2019 and has continued to develop plans for the site.

The City has completed a Pre-Qualification round for bidders on the tender of the contract and will be sending out a full tender package very shortly.

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Background: A Hub for Culture, Food and People

Niagara Falls City Council’s 2015-2018 Strategic Priorities include a commitment to building and promoting a vibrant, sustainable city that supports an active, connected and creative community. It identifies both the revitalization of the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market, and fostering culture as a key contributors to attracting and retaining talent, providing quality of life and supporting creative businesses as strategic objectives.

The City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan expressed the desire for cultural intensification to create a vibrant and well planned city, and called for the development of an integrated, centralized cultural asset. The Main & Ferry area presents a unique opportunity to form a cultural cluster, as described in the City’s, and Region of Niagara’s Cultural Plan, in this neighbourhood.

The project will operate as a new hub for culture and community in the historic Main & Ferry area. The project space, located at the site of the current Sylvia Place Market and city-owned parking area south of and adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, will be a dynamic creative space dedicated to arts, cultural engagement, and market activity with additional publicly accessible space for community gatherings.

This area has the potential to become the cultural and social heart of our community.

Project Moving Forward

The City of Niagara Falls has engaged the services of DTAH(External link) to provide support in the development of the project. DTAH architects, landscape architects, planners and urban designers have been offering a unique mix of interdisciplinary design services since 1972 to institutions, federal and provincial government agencies, municipalities, developers and not-for-profit corporations.

The 1st Public Meeting on the new Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at the Niagara Falls History Museum. Consultants Glenn Pothier (GLPi) and Megan Torza (dtah) presented the results of their stakeholder consultation and work to date on a needs assessment and concept plans for the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub and Farmers' Market. They received feedback from over 80 attendees - clarifying what they heard during the stakeholder consultation sessions and asking for confirmation of the site analysis. View the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub + Farmers' Market Visioning Study presentation online.

Several more stakeholder meetings and public meetings have taken place since. This has allowed the Steering Committee and the design team the ability to create a space that caters to the needs of the arts and the market communities. What has been created, will be a space that has two adjoining buildings. One, to house a café, artist studios, a gallery and a woodworking shop. The second; to be a 3000 sq ft Market Hall, which house our regularly scheduled Farmers’ Market, be a space for other events that include music, theatre, lectures and other weekend markets. It will be flexible enough to house 200+ attendees seated for a performance but also host festivals and events developed by community programmers and City Staff.

The Steering Committee presented an update to City Council in April of 2019 and has continued to develop plans for the site.

The City has completed a Pre-Qualification round for bidders on the tender of the contract and will be sending out a full tender package very shortly.

Stay informed by clicking on the "subscribe" button to the right!

  • Fall 2019 Update

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    8 months ago

    The City has completed a Pre-Qualification round for bidders on the tender of the contract and will be sending out a full tender package very shortly.

    The City has completed a Pre-Qualification round for bidders on the tender of the contract and will be sending out a full tender package very shortly.

  • Government of Canada invests in Niagara Arts & Culture

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    10 months ago

    On September 3, 2019, MP Badawey and MP Bittle visited the future space of the Niagara Falls Creative Hub and announced funding of up to $3,000,000 for the City of Niagara Falls. This funding will support the creation of a new multi-use creative hub designed to bring together professional artists, artisans, and arts and heritage organizations from a variety of creative disciplines.

    The creative hub will include one of the only a mid-sized professional performance spaces in the city, which will be available to professional and non-professional arts and heritage organizations and individuals at an affordable rate.

    On September 3, 2019, MP Badawey and MP Bittle visited the future space of the Niagara Falls Creative Hub and announced funding of up to $3,000,000 for the City of Niagara Falls. This funding will support the creation of a new multi-use creative hub designed to bring together professional artists, artisans, and arts and heritage organizations from a variety of creative disciplines.

    The creative hub will include one of the only a mid-sized professional performance spaces in the city, which will be available to professional and non-professional arts and heritage organizations and individuals at an affordable rate.

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  • Update: April 2019

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    about 1 year ago

    Council received the Operating and Business Plan Report at their April 9 public meeting and approved the design and finalization of construction drawings for the City's new Cultural Hub and Farmers' Market. Staff will commence the tendering process, report back with results, and explore funding opportunities including federal infrastructure funding applications.

    Council received the Operating and Business Plan Report at their April 9 public meeting and approved the design and finalization of construction drawings for the City's new Cultural Hub and Farmers' Market. Staff will commence the tendering process, report back with results, and explore funding opportunities including federal infrastructure funding applications.

  • Update: August 2018

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    almost 2 years ago

    Since the public consultation phase closed, City staff have been in dialogue with stakeholders, partners and community providers to better understand the impact of the facility and how best to manage and implement the report that the dtah consultation provided to the City. We have been working with 360 Consulting Services to develop and Operating and Business Plan for the facility. This work has involved more conversations with the community, potential users and partners in the project. In the meantime, City staff have engaged dtah to be the lead architect in the project.


    Since the public consultation phase closed, City staff have been in dialogue with stakeholders, partners and community providers to better understand the impact of the facility and how best to manage and implement the report that the dtah consultation provided to the City. We have been working with 360 Consulting Services to develop and Operating and Business Plan for the facility. This work has involved more conversations with the community, potential users and partners in the project. In the meantime, City staff have engaged dtah to be the lead architect in the project.


  • Cultural Hub/Farmers' Market Award of Contract

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    over 2 years ago

    At the January 9, 2018 meeting, Niagara Falls Council awarded the detailed design phase contract to dtah for the Cultural Hub/Farmers' Market project. This follows the approval of the Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market Status Update report at the November 28th, 2017 meeting.

    At the January 9, 2018 meeting, Niagara Falls Council awarded the detailed design phase contract to dtah for the Cultural Hub/Farmers' Market project. This follows the approval of the Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market Status Update report at the November 28th, 2017 meeting.

  • Update: November 2017

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    about 1 year ago
    A 2nd Public Meeting on the new Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Niagara Falls History Museum with 50 people in attendance. At the meeting, consultant Megan Torza (dtah) reported back on what we have heard from the public in response to the initial development options presented in the 1st Public Meeting (see below) and through the Site Plan Option Survey. Ms. Torza stated that the general public consensus was that some combination of Options 1 and 2 was seen as most desirable, and provided more detailed commentary on refinements suggested in...

    A 2nd Public Meeting on the new Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Niagara Falls History Museum with 50 people in attendance. At the meeting, consultant Megan Torza (dtah) reported back on what we have heard from the public in response to the initial development options presented in the 1st Public Meeting (see below) and through the Site Plan Option Survey. Ms. Torza stated that the general public consensus was that some combination of Options 1 and 2 was seen as most desirable, and provided more detailed commentary on refinements suggested in the areas of site, buildings, architecture and landscaping. Based on this feedback, a hybrid final concept (Niagara Falls Exchange) was presented in detail with site perspectives, floor plans and views, and various modes of operation for several of the spaces.
    The architectural firm for DTAH is currently working diligently to complete the detailed design of our new Cultural Hub and Farmers' Market. Next steps will be undertaking the Business and Operating Plans for the facility.