Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Farmers' Market

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Public Meetings & Engagement Update!

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.

City Council approved the preferred design on November 28, 2017.

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.

DTAH

The City of Niagara Falls has engaged the services of DTAH 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. DTAH's experience in developing interesting and dynamic spaces will assist in creating an important space for the people of Niagara Falls. They have engaged several stakeholder groups already, and have continued the community dialogue with the online survey and public meeting.

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.

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Public Meetings & Engagement Update!

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.

City Council approved the preferred design on November 28, 2017.

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.

DTAH

The City of Niagara Falls has engaged the services of DTAH 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. DTAH's experience in developing interesting and dynamic spaces will assist in creating an important space for the people of Niagara Falls. They have engaged several stakeholder groups already, and have continued the community dialogue with the online survey and public meeting.

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.

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  • Update: August 2018

    2 months 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

    9 months 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.