The City of Greater Sudbury and its partners have developed a Downtown Sudbury Master Plan to guide revitalization by increasing the level of investment and activity, better connecting the Downtown into the surrounding urban fabric, rebalancing the Downtown street system, and improving the Downtown’s quality of place.
McEwen School of Architecture
The newly completed Laurentian University McEwen School of Architecture is a $45 million 72,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility located in Sudbury’s downtown core. It is the first new school of architecture to open in Canada in 45 years. The school’s full complement of 400 students is expected as Laurentian’s Master’s of Architecture program is set to launch in the Fall of 2017.
Place des Arts
In December 2016 Greater Sudbury City Council approved $5 million for Place des Arts, a downtown shared arts facility for francophones.
City funds are expected to leverage provincial and federal grants that will be combined with private sector fundraising of $2.6 million by 2018.
The $30 million 60,000 square foot building will include a bar and restaurant area with a capacity of 100 people ideal for performances by local artists, a smaller “black box” theatre with 150 seats, and a larger theatre with 300 seats. Once fundraising is completed, it is expected that construction would begin in the summer of 2018 and that the facility would open in the spring of 2020.
First proposed during the public consultations for the city’s Downtown Master Plan, the Elgin Greenway will see one side of Elgin Street transformed into a linear park and trail. The first phase of the project running through the new McEwen School of Architecture has already been completed. The remainder of the trail will run along Elgin with plazas and public art sprinkled along the route. The Greenway will eventually reach Ramsey Lake at Bell Park.
New Downtown C.I.P (Community Improvement Plan)
This Community Improvement Plan (CIP) approved by City Council in December 2016 presents a series of incentive programs to reinforce the downtown’s role as the biggest, brightest and best downtown in Northern Ontario. It provides for grants, loans and tax increment financing to registered or assessed owners, and tenants of lands and buildings within the designated CIP area.