Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre Announcement

Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre Announcement

December 17, 2009

A&C centre rendering


TORONTO COMMUNITY HOUSING, THE DANIELS CORPORATION AND ARTSCAPE ANNOUNCE THE CREATION OF�A NEW REGENT PARK ARTS & CULTURAL CENTRE

TORONTO-- Toronto Community Housing Corporation, The Daniels Corporation and Artscape are excited to announce that they will be working collaboratively with the local communityon the development and operation of a vibrant new arts and cultural centre in Regent Park. The announcement comes on the heels of the commitment made today by the Honourable John Baird, Canada�s Transport and Infrastructure Minister, and the Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture for Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Gerry Phillips, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure for Ontario that the Governments of Canada and Ontario will invest up to $12million each in a new Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre.

The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will be a new multi-tenant arts centre located on Dundas Street East between Sumach and Sackville Streets and will be designed by the award-winning Diamond+ Schmitt Architects.�

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Toronto Community Housing is leading the revitalization of Regent Park. It is a 10-year, $1.5-billion initiative that is transforming the community, creating better places to live and attracting new community amenities like a new community centre, world-class aquatic centre, new central park, retail outlets and now the arts and cultural centre. "The arts and cultural centre, in the heart of the revitalized Regent Park, will be a place where people from all across the city can come together to celebrate the arts, artists and this vibrant and diverse neighbourhood,� said Keiko Nakamura, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Community Housing. �It is an important part of Toronto Community Housing�s revitalization vision for Regent Park and we are proud to be supporting its realization along with The Daniels Corporation, our development partner, and Artscape as the facility operator.�

The Daniels Corporation is the development and construction partner for all phases of the Regent Park revitalization plan and will manage the constructionof the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre. "The Daniels Corporation is thrilled to lead the construction of this vibrant and essential addition to the Regent Park revitalization.� said Martin Blake, Vice-President, The Daniels Corporation.

Artscape will be responsible for overseeing the development and ongoingoperation of the facility. �Regent Park has a rich and diverse cultural heritage and Artscape is delighted to bring it to life as part of the revitalization.� said Tim Jones, President & CEO of Artscape.

The development of a new arts and cultural centre as part of the ongoing revitalization of Regent Park has been a standing ambition for Toronto�s east downtown and a long held aspiration of the Regent Park community. The Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre will anchor culture as a primary driver in the community�s revitalization, both physically and symbolically. The integration and celebration of Regent Park�s cultural richness in the revitalization will play a central role in its success and in the creation of a socially inclusive, livable, healthy, safe and vibrant neighbourhood. Tenants will be selected by an RFP process that will take place in early 2010. The non-profit arts community has already expressed strong interest in the Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre.

 

Media Contacts

Corinne DeAlmeida
Toronto Community Housing
T: 416-891-8665
E: corinne.dealmeida@torontohousing.ca

Andrea Prsa
The Daniels Corporation
T: 416-598-2129
E: aprsa@danielscorp.com

Liz Kohn
Artscape
T: 416-392-1038, ext. 25
C: 416-559-1323
E: liz@torontoartscape.on.ca

Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes - about six per cent of the City of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing works closely with other agencies, companies and organizations. Toronto Community Housing's many partnerships help it deliver on its mandate to provide quality housing and build great neighbourhoods.

The Daniels Corporation (website)
Founded in 1982, The Daniels Corporation is one of Canada's leading and most diversified residential builders and developers. Daniels has built more than 18,000 homes and apartments in a diverse range of award-winning communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Daniels has partnered with Toronto Community Housing as the developer and construction partner for all six phases of the Regent Park revitalization. Daniels has a long history of building homes to high-energy performance standards. In Regent Park, Daniels' OneCole Condominiums will set a new benchmark for environmental sustainability.

Artscape (website)
Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. Established in 1986, Artscape has played a catalytic role in the revitalization of some of Toronto's most important creative communities including The Distillery Historic District, Queen Street West, Liberty Village and Toronto Island; and most recently opened the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns. Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social and environmental impact. While Artscape's real estate development activities are focused in Toronto, Artscape also shares its knowledge with other communities and urban centres across Toronto, Canada and around the world.�

Regent Park Revitalization
Toronto Community Housing is working together with The Daniels Corporation, its development partner, and the community to revitalize Regent Park. The revitalization is well underway with tenants and homeowners living in new buildings on new streets. Commercial and retail uses are opening soon and phase two is gearing up with great community amenities planned. Phase two includes a new indoor aquatic centre, a new central park, a new community centre and now an arts and cultural centre. Community consultations for these amenities are underway and phase two construction will begin spring 2010.

In 2002, Toronto Community Housing held consultations with more than 2,000 residents, neighbours and agencies and at that time, participants made it clear that arts and culture should play an important part in the neighbourhood.