Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Market

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!

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please share any comments or observations that can help inform the future detail design of the planned Cultural Hub/Farmers’ Market facility.

    Please share any comments or observations that can help inform the future detail design of the planned Cultural Hub/Farmers’ Market facility.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Please take a look at each of the site plan options for the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub + Farmers' Market and provide your feedback by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

    Please take a look at each of the site plan options for the Niagara Falls Cultural Hub + Farmers' Market and provide your feedback by Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

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