The Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre developments help strengthen and build the economy in Orléans. The Shenkman Arts Centre (link is external) delivers a unique cultural hub in the east-end of Ottawa, while mixed-use development in the Orléans Town Centre adds a wealth of new residential and commercial facilities nearby. The Shenkman Arts Centre is a key focal point in the Orléans Town Centre from which arts programs are 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
New development in the Orléans Town Centre provides revenue opportunities and strengthens the area’s economic and employment base. It creates a focal point in the Orléans community, adding more residential density within the Town Centre area, attracting new businesses to the area, and attracting visitors who can be accommodated at a new hotel located next to the Shenkman Arts Centre. The various types of residential units 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, livable communities.
Benefits of the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre to residents
The Shenkman Arts Centre makes it easier and more convenient for east-end residents to participate in arts activities by:
- Serving individual artists and non-profit and community arts groups in the east end of the city
- Offering instructional classes for all ages, live performances, exhibitions, and events year round through a unique multidisciplinary bilingual arts facility in their own community
- Including 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 deliver the majority of the programs in collaboration with city operators
- Housing 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
The Shenkman Arts Centre is home to approximately 50 artists and 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.
Development of the Town Centre overall is on-going. To date, in addition to the Shenkman Arts Centre, the P3 partner has delivered a new hotel, a senior’s park, and a variety of residential housing.
Where is the Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre?
The Shenkman Arts Centre is located on previously 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.
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 has an estimated population of more than 113,000 residents. Orléans has a Town Centre, which includes a regional shopping centre (Place d’Orléans), YM-YWCA, cinema, retail services and a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre that occupies the town hall of the former township of Cumberland, serving residents of the east end of Ottawa.
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. Orléans Town Centre Partnership (OTCP) was selected as the project’s private-sector partner. The project will be completed in phases. Phase 1 included the design and construction of the Shenkman Arts Centre, which opened June 2009. The second phase has produced a new hotel, a senior’s park, a mid-rise affordable apartment complex, and a variety of other housing. The final phase of development will add an office complex near the Shenkman Arts Centre and more residential uses.
The Shenkman Arts Centre and Orléans Town Centre was 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 submit a formal proposal for the project in response to a Request for Proposals (RFP). 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 entered into 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 Shenkman Arts Centre, includes Aecon Buildings, Lalande + Doyle Architects, and Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions (BGIS) (previously 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 represented the company’s fourth Public-Private Partnership. Established in 2002, the company’s portfolio consisted of more than 800,000 sq. ft. of property at the time and surpassed 1,000,000 square feet upon completion of this project. More information is available at www.forumequitypartners.com (link is external).
For more information on this project, please contact:
Portfolio Manager, Shenkman Arts Centre
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424, ext. 24387