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Shenkman Arts Centre

Committee and council reports

Along the path towards completion of new city facilities under Public-Private Partnerships, there are a number of reports presented to various Committees and Council, which form the basis for decisions about location, scope, budgets, timelines and other issues related to the facility. You can review the reports related to the Shenkman Arts Facility and Orléans Town Centre, as follows:

26 June 2002
Public-Private Partnerships

5 October 2004
Implementation Strategy for the Development of the Orléans Arts Facility

22 June 2005
Public-Private Partnership (P3) for Proposed Orléans Arts Centre

26 October 2005
Public-Private Partnership for Orléans Arts Centre - Shortlist of Qualified Respondents for the Request for Proposal

16 May 2006
Public-Private Partnership (P3) Project - Orléans Arts Facility and Town Centre

25 September 2006
Public Private Partnership - Orléans Town Centre

FAQs

What is the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre?

The Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre are the subject of a Public-Private Partnership (P3) between the City of Ottawa and its private-sector partner, Orléans Town Centre Partnership (OTCP). The Shenkman Arts Centre will bring much-needed events and activity space for a variety of arts media to east-end residents, while the completion of the Orléans Town Centre will add high-density residential development, office buildings, a possible seniors condo and assisted living residence, and a hotel. The project is designed to satisfy demand for arts in the east end of the city, and to build new business opportunities to strengthen the east-end economy.

What is special about the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre?

The Shenkman Arts Centre will have many special features, including a 500-seat performing arts hall, a 100-seat black box studio, a municipal art gallery, theatre studios, pottery studios, visual arts studios, new media arts studios, dance studio, and accompanying administrative spaces. The Shenkman Arts Centre will be a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified building for maximum energy efficiency.

In keeping with the City’s Smart Growth principles and Official Plan, the Orléans Town Centre is to be developed as a downtown area for the community of Orléans, with an emphasis on compact, mixed-use development. Higher densities of employment and residential land uses are expected in the Orléans Town Centre to ensure the existing and planned retail and commercial services in this area are supported. Bringing all of these land uses close together and providing pedestrian trails and a pathway network will encourage residents to walk and cycle to access nearby services.

The Orléans Town Centre will also feature two parks.

Where is the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre located?

Orléans is located on the east side of Ottawa and straddles the boundary line between the former Township of Cumberland and the City of Gloucester. The community is 35 years old and is planned to have a population of more than 100,000 residents. Orléans has a Town Centre, which includes a regional shopping centre (Place d’Orléans), YMCA-YWCA, cinema, retail services and a town hall for the former township of Cumberland. Today, this civic building is owned by the City of Ottawa and is now a Client Service Centre that serves the east end of Ottawa. Several acres of land remain vacant in the Town Centre and most are owned by the City of Ottawa.

The Shenkman Arts Centre will be located on the vacant lands surrounding the existing Orléans Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Boulevard near the Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre in the east end of Ottawa. View a map to the Orléans Arts Centre and Town Centre.

What types of activities does the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre located support?

The Shenkman Arts Centre will accommodate all types of visual and performing arts from amateur and professional artists, as well as lessons and activities for adults and children. The 500-seat performing arts hall can accommodate amateur and professional music, dance and theatrical performances. The 100-seat black box studio can be configured to host a wide range of performances, while the municipal art gallery will display the work of local artists. Practice areas include theatre studios and dance studio, while other activities are supported in specialized pottery studios, visual arts studios, and new media arts studios.

The existing Town Centre area already supports recreation and fitness activities at the YM-YWCA, movie-watching at the cinemas, dining and entertainment at restaurants and bars, shopping and other activities. The completed Orléans Town Centre lands will support a variety of activities, such as government client services centre, multiple businesses within future office buildings, activities at a seniors’ residence, guest services and restaurant at a hotel, access to other parts of the city through a future bus rapid transit station, and more.

When would the different elements of the Town Centre site be finished?

The Orléans Town Centre lands will be developed in phases, with a number of Phase 1 components scheduled to be underway or completed in 2009.

Phase 1 includes:

  • Shenkman Arts Centre
  • 140 seniors condominium units
  • 100 retirement home units
  • an 80-room, three-star hotel
  • 51 affordable housing units (41 of these are Action Ottawa units)
  • 112 apartments
  • 25 townhomes
  • 112 stacked townhomes
  • 23,000 square feet of office space
  • 30,000 square feet of mixed-use space
  • an anticipated pool and gym expansion by the YMCA in their facility

Performance safeguards have been put in place to ensure that the development of elements of this P3 project proceed in a timely way. The Shenkman Arts Centre, City Client Service Centre building, YMCA-YWCA, retail spaces and seniors buildings will be connected by internal walkways.

Phases 2 and 3 include more apartments, stacked town-homes, offices and an office building parking structure.

For information about the operations of the Shenkman Arts Centre, please phone 613-580-ARTS (2787) or visit the website at http://www.shenkmanarts.ca/

How the partnership works

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) use innovative financial frameworks to get the best value for taxpayers and make the terms attractive enough for private-sector partners to share certain project risks.

For the Shenkman Arts Centre, the terms are (all dollars values are rounded off):

  • The Shenkman Arts Centre will cost $36.8 million to build
  • The City will sign a 30-year lease for the Shenkman Arts Centre, which Orléans Town Centre Partnership (OTCP) will use to help secure a $27.8 million loan at a preferred interest rate. The City’s lease payments will be equivalent to the amount of the loan payments
  • OTCP will buy all lands and the Client Service Centre building from the City for $12.1 million of which $3.1M will be use for the Town Centre infrastructure.
  • The City will enter into a Municipal Capital Facilities Agreement for the Shenkman Arts Centre which exempts OTCP from paying development fees, property and education taxes and land transfer taxes on City-occupied spaces within these facilities.
  • All lands other than those on which the Shenkman Arts Centre is located would remain the property of OTCP or its development partners. These lands are subject to normal development charges, property and education taxes, and land transfer taxes

Throughout the process, input and advice has been received on these business terms such as KPMG, external legal counsel, and the office of the City Treasurer.

OTCP will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Shenkman Arts Centre facility.

For the Orléans Town Centre lands development:

  • The City will transfer ownership and sign a 25-year lease for the entire Client Service Centre building, thereby increasing the value of the asset and helping to secure more favourable financing terms for OTCP. The City’s lease payments for the Client Service Centre space are reduced as a result.
  • The City will also enter into a Municipal Capital Facilities Agreement for the Client Service Centre building, which exempts OTCP from paying property and education taxes and land transfer taxes on City-occupied spaces within the facility
  • The residential component of the Orléans Town Centre meets the City’s Official Plan housing targets for affordable housing. 41 units from the City's Action Ottawa program may be made available for low-income families.
  • The Orléans Town Centre site will include two neighbourhood parks

The Orléans Town Centre lands will remain the property of OTCP and its joint-venture partners, who will design and build the various elements of the Town Centre site.

Images

Client Service Centre

photo of City’s Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Boulevard in Orléans

The City’s Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Boulevard in Orléans is just east of the site of the location of the new Shenkman Arts Centre.
(Long shot of current building of former Cumberland Town Hall on Centrum viewed from road)

Town Centre site

The undeveloped portion of the Orléans Town Centre site will be developed into residential and office buildings, with a potential hotel and seniors residence.

The undeveloped portion of the Orléans Town Centre site will be developed into a hotel and seniors residence.

The Shenkman Arts Centre

Front elevation of the Shenkman Arts Centre, artist rendering

The Shenkman Arts Centre will be a stunning multidisciplinary facility in the heart of Orléans. (Artist’s rendering)
(Front elevation of the Shenkman Arts Centre, artist rendering)

Front elevation of the Shenkman Arts Centre, artist rendering, night

Artist’s rendering of the Shenkman Arts Centre at night.
(Front elevation of the Shenkman Arts Centre, artist rendering, night)

Lower lobby of the Shenkman Arts Centre

Artist’s rendering of the lower lobby of the Shenkman Arts Centre.
(Lower lobby of the Shenkman Arts Centre)

Contact us:
City of Ottawa
Planning, Transit and the Environment
Mail Code: 01-12
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Attention:
Mr. Rob Mackay
Telephone: 613-580-2424 ext 22632
E-mail: Rob.Mackay@ottawa.ca

About the facility

The Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre will deliver a unique cultural hub to east-end residents in their own community, offering a full range of visual and performing arts with programming, and will help strengthen and build the economy in Orléans.

The Shenkman Arts Centre will include:

  • A 500-seat performing arts hall
  • A 100-seat black box studio
  • Municipal art gallery
  • Theatre studios
  • Pottery studios
  • Visual arts studios
  • New media arts studios
  • Dance studio
  • Accompanying administrative spaces

At completion, the Orléans Town Centre lands will deliver to the community:

  • An enhanced government client services centre
  • New office buildings
  • A seniors’ condo residence and a seniors’ assisted living complex
  • A hotel
  • Stacked residential town homes
  • Apartment buildings
  • Affordable housing

Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre

Shenkman Arts Centre logo

The Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre developments will help strengthen and build the economy in Orléans. The Shenkman Arts Centre will deliver a unique cultural hub to east-end residents in their own community, while the completion of the Orléans Town Centre will add a wealth of new residential and commercial facilities nearby.

The Shenkman Arts Centre will become a key focal point in the Orléans Town Centre from which arts programs can be offered to support the demand for activities in both English and French. This facility addresses the strategic directions of the 20/20 Arts Plan, which are to:

  • Broaden public access to local arts
  • Keep Ottawa’s artists here
  • Build creative capacity
  • Revitalize public places and natural spaces through the arts
  • Realize the economic potential of our local cultural sector.

Completion of the Orléans Town Centre will provide new revenue opportunities and strengthen the area’s economic and employment base. It will create a focal point in the Orléans community, adding more residential density within the Town Centre area, attracting businesses to the site’s new business complexes, and attracting visitors who could be accommodated at a possible future hotel. The various types of proposed residential units will attract a mix of new residents, from young families to working professionals and seniors. This delivers Council’s 20/20 vision of creating a city of distinct, liveable communities.

Benefits of the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre to residents

The Shenkman Arts Centre will make it easier and more convenient for east-end residents to participate in arts activities. It will:

  • Service non-profit and community arts groups in the east end of the city
  • Offer instructional classes for all ages, and combine community learning opportunities with presentation and exhibition venues for local arts into a single district facility
  • Include much-needed spaces for performing arts presentations and visual art exhibitions, spaces for hands-on instruction in the visual, performing and media arts for all ages and abilities, and space for east-end non-profit arts organizations who would deliver the majority of the programs in collaboration with city operators
  • House the many artists and arts organizations that deliver a wide variety of activities, courses, performances, exhibitions, and services in several locations across the eastern district of the City of Ottawa

According to a 2003 Ryerson University study, the introduction of cultural facilities in a community helps:

  • Increase property values
  • Increase retail sales
  • Revitalize the community

The Shenkman Arts Centre is anticipated to become home to approximately 50 not-for-profit arts organizations, allowing them more opportunity to work together and make the most of their talents and efforts inside this combined facility.

After completion of the Orléans Town Centre, the new development is expected to generate an increasing amount of property taxes, at its full completion reaching approximately $3.2 million per year, contributing to the city’s tax base.

The completed Town Centre is expected to attract new business and stimulate a stronger east-end economy. The construction of the Orléans Town Centre alone will have an estimated overall construction economic impact of $220 million by allowing local businesses to service workers’ needs in the vicinity of the site.

Where is the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre?

Orléans is located on the east side of Ottawa and straddles the boundary line between the former Township of Cumberland and the City of Gloucester. The community is 35 years old and is planned to have a population of more than 100,000 residents. Orléans has a Town Centre, which includes a regional shopping centre (Place d’Orléans), YM-YWCA, cinema, retail services and a town hall for the former township of Cumberland. Today, this civic building is owned by the City of Ottawa and is now a Client Service Centre that serves the east end of Ottawa. Several acres of land remain vacant in the Town Centre and most are owned by the City of Ottawa.

The Shenkman Arts Centre will be located on the vacant lands surrounding the existing Orléans Client Service Centre at 255 Centrum Boulevard near the Place d’Orléans Shopping Centre in the east end of Ottawa. View a map to the Orléans Arts Centre and Town Centre.

Milestones

The process leading up to the approval of the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre project began many years ago when staff at the City of Ottawa defined a need for an east-end arts facility. The process culminated in the development of a P3 strategy put forth in October 2004 and refined with the input of east-end arts groups. City Council approved staff’s recommendation for a new facility in June 2005, and the search for a private-sector partner was launched. The competitive bidding process is now complete, and Orléans Town Centre Partnership (OTCP) was selected as the project’s private-sector partner. The project will be completed in phases. Phase 1 includes the design and construction of the Orléans Arts Centre, which is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2009. The various components of the Town Centre are expected to be completed in 2015-2017.

Project Partners

The Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre will be developed as a result of a Public-Private Partnership (P3). Through a Request for Qualifications process, the City received responses from five consortia, four of which were short-listed to receive the Request for Proposals (RFP). Each group was then asked to submit a formal proposal for the project in response to a Request for Proposal. An extensive evaluation process was undertaken and it was determined that the proposal submitted by Orléans Town Centre Partnership (OTCP) best met the requirements of the RFP. A fairness commissioner was retained to oversee both stages of the procurement process.

The partnership agreements between the City of Ottawa and OTCP were concluded in April 2007.

About the Orléans Town Centre Partnership

The Orléans Town Centre Partnership is led by Forum Leasehold Partners Inc. and, as applied to the Arts Centre, includes Aecon Buildings, Lalande + Doyle Architects, and Johnson Controls/BLJC. Forum has established joint ventures with Phoenix Homes for the residential components, Verdiroc Development Corporation for affordable housing, and Kingsway Arms Management Services for the seniors’ residences and condos.

Forum Leasehold Partners is active in acquiring and developing single-tenant properties leased to the public and private sectors. This project represents the company’s fourth Public-Private Partnership. Established in 2002, the company’s portfolio currently consists of more than 800,000 sq. ft. of property and will surpass 1,000,000 square feet upon completion of this project. More information is available at www.forumequitypartners.com.

Find out how the partnership works, or learn more about this P3 partner by visiting their Web site through the link above.

For more information on this project, please contact:

Caroline Obeid
Portfolio Manager, Shenkman Arts Centre
Cultural Services & Community Funding Branch
613-580-2424, ext. 24387
caroline.obeid@ottawa.ca