Niagara Falls Exchange (NFX) - Cultural Hub & Market

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A Hub for Culture, Food and People

Niagara Falls City Council’s 2015-2018 and 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities included a commitment to building and promoting a vibrant, sustainable city that supports an active, connected and creative community. The Priorities identify both the revitalization of the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market, and fostering culture as 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.

On August 11, 2020, after several years of study and planning, Niagara Falls City Council approved funding for the construction of the Niagara Falls Exchange, a new market and cultural hub designed by DTAH and located in the Main and Ferry neighbourhood. Construction is expected to begin in September 2020.

The new Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Market will become a vibrant centre of activity in the community by providing shared spaces where artists, musicians, food vendors and patrons, and local businesses can come together and create. Located in the historic Main and Ferry district, it will include a large culture and market hall, café, artist studios, creative workshop and public washrooms surrounded by two multi-functional civic plazas that interconnect the flanking streets. The Market Hall, which will house the regularly scheduled Farmers’ Market, will be a space for other events that include music, theatre, lectures and other weekend markets.

Located adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, the site is knit together with a design language that prioritizes an accessible public realm, and creates quality indoor and outdoor space that is durable, flexible, and sustainable.

The project name - Niagara Falls Exchange (NFX), speaks to the rich exchange of ideas and creativity that is anticipated to occur on site and between the arts and culture, food and farming communities of Niagara Falls.

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

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A Hub for Culture, Food and People

Niagara Falls City Council’s 2015-2018 and 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities included a commitment to building and promoting a vibrant, sustainable city that supports an active, connected and creative community. The Priorities identify both the revitalization of the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market, and fostering culture as 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.

On August 11, 2020, after several years of study and planning, Niagara Falls City Council approved funding for the construction of the Niagara Falls Exchange, a new market and cultural hub designed by DTAH and located in the Main and Ferry neighbourhood. Construction is expected to begin in September 2020.

The new Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Market will become a vibrant centre of activity in the community by providing shared spaces where artists, musicians, food vendors and patrons, and local businesses can come together and create. Located in the historic Main and Ferry district, it will include a large culture and market hall, café, artist studios, creative workshop and public washrooms surrounded by two multi-functional civic plazas that interconnect the flanking streets. The Market Hall, which will house the regularly scheduled Farmers’ Market, will be a space for other events that include music, theatre, lectures and other weekend markets.

Located adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, the site is knit together with a design language that prioritizes an accessible public realm, and creates quality indoor and outdoor space that is durable, flexible, and sustainable.

The project name - Niagara Falls Exchange (NFX), speaks to the rich exchange of ideas and creativity that is anticipated to occur on site and between the arts and culture, food and farming communities of Niagara Falls.

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

Subscribe to future updates - click on the "subscribe" button to the right!

  • Pre-construction meeting

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    07 Oct 2020

    Yesterday we had our first onsite meeting with Garritano Brothers who will be leading the construction of the site. I don't have any great pictures or much to update on this meeting. It merely set the stage for the project and sorted out the agreements and direction of the project.

    We spoke about the hoarding that is going up around the perimeter of the site. We spoke about the city by-laws for noise and the need for them to communicate to us (and in turn you) when there might be work that past city by-laws. We will be letting you know here when we have this information.

    There isn't too much more exciting to report, but we will keep you informed as this exciting new project moves forward.

  • Getting close - September 2020

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    24 Sep 2020
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    The City has officially engaged Garritano Bros. Ltd to build the Exchange. We will be sitting down with them in the next two weeks to discuss the commencement of the construction and the demolition of the former Market Building.

    In the meantime - our shovels are ready for the ground breaking.

  • Update: Summer 2020

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    Niagara Falls Council recently approved the following:

    • Awarded the construction contract to Garritano Bros. Ltd.
      • September 2020 is the anticipated construction start date.
      • May 2022 is the anticipated construction completion date.
    • Naming the eastern courtyard of the building in honour of Wilma Morrison.
    • The official name for the building will be The Niagara Falls Exchange.

    Thank you to the community for your patience and interest in this project. After several years of study and planning, we are very excited that construction will be commencing soon. We're committed to keeping you informed, every step of the way. Updates will be provided here, as they become available, and we encourage you to join our subscription list (under stay informed) to receive future updates directly to your inbox!

  • Update: Fall 2019

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    19 Nov 2019

    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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    16 Sep 2019

    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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    24 Apr 2019

    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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    13 Aug 2018

    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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    16 Jan 2018

    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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    24 Apr 2019

    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.