Have your say - The Junction

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The Junction is the shared site for the new Library / Art Gallery and Greater Sudbury Convention / Performance Centre.

The Library / Art Gallery will provide vital public space for people to gather and connect, to learn and to share ideas, and to inspire creativity.

The tier three Convention / Performance Centre will be a unique multi-use convention centre and performance facility to be located in Downtown Sudbury.


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The Junction is the shared site for the new Library / Art Gallery and Greater Sudbury Convention / Performance Centre.

The Library / Art Gallery will provide vital public space for people to gather and connect, to learn and to share ideas, and to inspire creativity.

The tier three Convention / Performance Centre will be a unique multi-use convention centre and performance facility to be located in Downtown Sudbury.


Q&A

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    The project certainly sounds intriguing and every resident would love to see new development of this nature in Sudbury. However, my concern is the projected annual operating deficits that I heard about. Raising taxes in order to compensate for continual losses is not a solution and will only anger residents. What are the plans to promote sources of new income generation from these facilities to help, at minimum, end up making it neutral if not an income generator for the city (to help pay off the initial debt faster)?

    M2018 asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your inquiry about The Junction: Library / Art Gallery and Convention / Performance Centre projects. On July 10, 2018 Council directed staff to proceed with the steps necessary to establish a Municipal Services Corporation to manage the facilities, bid on and host large scale conventions, organize and host meetings and deliver live performance programming. The Municipal Services Corporation will be focused on achieving the success of The Junction and will be better able to act as a business, making timely decisions and allocating resources appropriately to meet its performance objectives.

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    Wonderful combination. Much better than a hockey arena and casino, which should be left outside of town This will attract everyone of all ages downtown, every day and all year around. I assume the parking will be underground, that the roofs will be green and/or covered in solar panels, and that there will be many trees, which is something that Sudbury cannot have too many!

    Mike asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments regarding The Junction and your suggestions. We are moving into the next phase of work what will include design. We will be sure to include your suggestions regarding green roofs, solar panels and tree plantings. Also stay tuned for future opportunities to participate in community engagement sessions and events regarding design of The Junction. https://www.greatersudbury.ca/city-hall/current-projects/large-projects1/the-junction/

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    Why is the Place des Arts not combined with the Junction? Both deal with the arts and both will have an auditorium. This way parking downtown will not be affected and perhaps there will be no $260,000 operating deficit

    Arkilander asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for inquiring about The Junction. Place des arts is a community-led project namely by the Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS), a group made up of seven local Francophone arts organizations. These are: Carrefour francophone de Sudbury, Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Concerts La Nuits sur l’étang, Éditions Prise de parole, Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario, and Salon du livre du Grand Sudbury. These Place des Arts founding organizations work closely with diversified groups, along with both Francophone and Anglophone groups, locally and regionally, benefiting from an increase in exposure to new audiences for users. This will maximize the prominent location, which will serve as a marquee destination for the downtown. While the City of Greater Sudbury is not owners of this project, or managing it, they are assisting with the funding of Place des arts.

    You can keep up to date with these projects by visiting https://www.greatersudbury.ca/largeprojects(External link), where you will find projects updates, an ideas forum, as well as next steps.

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    This proposed plan looks great and would keep the arts integrated in the downtown core. Hopefully all these projects can proceed in a timely manner to keep Sudbury current and relevant to maintain and foster growth as an attractive and vibrant northern city.

    C. asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

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    The presented design eliminates 3 municipal parking lots (Shaughnessy B Street lot, Sudbury Arena Annex lot, and Sudbury Arena lot) that are used both for daytime downtown workers and for evening & weekend events. The Elgin Street Greenway project will further reduce parking (Larch lot will be reduced by 50%). Will there be underground parking facilities built under the proposed library, gallery, and performing arts centre to counteract the elimination of existing parking? Also, will Minto Street still be available for vehicular traffic? Cheers.

    ken_reiss asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for inquiring about The Junction.  With respect to underground parking facilities, the conceptual designs do incorporate underground parking into the space where the arena is currently occupied.  The ‘bowl’ of the arena can accommodate underground parking of up to 115 vehicles.

    Minto Street will be pinched; however it will still be available for vehicles to pass through in both directions.

    In regards to parking specifically, Council has directed the City staff to facilitate a parking needs analysis which will capture and understand the parking demand in the downtown once all of the planned projects have been realized.

    You can keep up to date with these projects by visiting https://www.greatersudbury.ca/largeprojects(External link), where you will find projects updates, an ideas forum, as well as next steps.


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    I have seen other conference centers in other cities. There are almost always nice modern hotels nearby (i.e. Hilton, Hampton, Fairfield, Marriott. etc...). This plan does not take that need into account since there are no nice modern hotels nearby. How do you plan to attract a nice hotel to locate in the center of Sudbury.

    Neil coyne asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for inquiring about The Junction. As indicated at the July 10 Council meeting, staff are now initiating the process to attract a private sector partner to develop the hotel opportunity associated with the Convention and Performance Centre. Identification of this strategic partner prior to completion of detailed design is an important consideration. An ‘Attraction Package’ will be developed and staff will proactively engage with possible hotel developers.

    You can keep up to date with these projects by visiting https://www.greatersudbury.ca/largeprojects(External link), where you will find project updates, an ideas and questions forum, as well as next steps.


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    Any plans for the Market once these projects are realized?

    Jacques Bonin asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for inquiring about The Junction. The Market location is not affected by the location of The Junction projects.  Currently the Market operates out of two locations (1) the CP/VIA Rail Station on Elgin Street, and (2) York Street parking lot across from Bell Park.

    You can keep up to date with these projects by visiting https://www.greatersudbury.ca/largeprojects(External link), where you will find project updates, an ideas and questions forum, as well as next steps.


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    Not this. What is the procedure for submitting a layout proposal? or is this the permanent layout no matter what?

    Mayple.au asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for inquiring about The Junction. The integrated site plan that was presented to Council on July 10th and on the ‘Over to You’ platform is preliminary, we are asking the public to share their ideas on this proposed scenario. This scenario was developed based on a combination of Council decisions and community consultation that was done in April of this year.

    Upon completion of this community engagement, August 31, a report will be developed that takes the community’s ideas into account that may result in revisions to the scenario.  If you have suggestions that you would like considered we encourage you to submit these ideas using the Over to You online platform.

    You can keep up to date with these projects by visiting https://www.greatersudbury.ca/largeprojects, where you will find project updates, an ideas and questions forum, as well as next steps.


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    Where is the parking for the Dog House going to be? It looks like you have eliminated it.

    Beaudge asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for inquiring about The Junction. These projects are planned to be built only on municipal property.  In regards to parking specifically, Council has directed the City staff to facilitate a parking needs analysis which will capture and understand the parking demand in the downtown once all of the planned projects have been realized.

    You can keep up to date with these projects by visiting https://www.greatersudbury.ca/largeprojects, where you will find projects updates, an ideas forum, as well as next steps.


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    What will happen to the recently remodeled, main library branch? What is the total build cost? What will the tax increase be for the residents? Why is there no plan to fix the crumbling, basic infrastructure, water quality issues, cohesive pedestrian & bicycle infrastucture and re-vamping the transit system BEFORE these luxury projects are considered? Can these extravagant projects (Junction, art gallery, main arena) not be put to a public vote within the upcoming municipal election? Why does the CGSudbury need to own all these facilities? Could they not follow the model of the TNO and STC by letting these projects relying on their own find raising and benefactors? I am concerned that this will become a city I can't afford to pay taxes in.

    Bhart asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for inquiring about the Library/ Art Gallery and Convention and Performance Centre Projects. Both the main branch of the Greater Sudbury Public Library and the Art Gallery of Sudbury are very much focused on community service and both have long outgrown their current location. On April 26th, 2016, Council endorsed four large projects, two of which are the Library/Art Gallery and the Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre. On January 9th, 2018 Council approved a shared site for the Library/Art Gallery and Convention and Performance Centre being the existing Sudbury Community Arena downtown.

    In regards to building cost, the estimate for the Library/Art Gallery is $46,500,000 and the Convention and Performance Centre building cost is estimated at $63,000 000. Additional capital funding sources will be explored such as Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and FEDNOR. Business plans for both projects can be found on AgendasOnline https://agendasonline.greatersudbury.ca/, which offers additional information regarding financial.

    Currently, we are conducting an integrated site plan community engagement campaign in order to inform the community about the two projects, ensure the design plan is inclusive, transparent and open and provide ample opportunity for the public to be heard. Following this, we will be providing a report to Council on July 10th, 2018 that details the business plans, operation model, financial plan and conceptual design for the Library/Art Gallery and Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre.

    As well, you can keep up to date with these projects by visiting https://www.greatersudbury.ca/city-hall/current-projects/large-projects1/ and on this site, where you will find project updates, an ideas and questions forum, as well as next steps.


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    I notice that the old General Hospital parking lot is being re-paved rather than 're-greened'. Has the city changed the Bell Park plan for this area back to an ugly cement and pavement parking lot again? If so, who and when was this plan changed??

    Jayco asked almost 2 years ago

    Council was presented three options for the redevelopment of the former St. Joseph's Parking Lot. The approved option included landscaped areas, approximately 100 parking spaces, a scenic lookout, an accessible ramp connecting to the boardwalk and bike paths.

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    Re: Proposed Unleashed Dog Park Area at York St. parking lot: Are you aware of of the questionable activities that go on in the York street parking lot during night hours? I live in the adjacent neighbourhood of the lot and often walk through the area finding many colourful used condoms spread out along the edge of the treeline. Also lots of dumped garbage. I am very concerned that there is potential for dirty needles and unwanted paraphernalia that is risky to the dogs, their owners and children that use the dog park and surrounding parking and bush area. I would hope that the city will carry out a new routine of closely monitoring and patrolling the area and cleaning up when necessary, including extra garbage collection for health and safety reasons.

    Jayco asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for providing concerns regarding activities in the York Street Parking Lots. Our Parks Services staff will inform our contracted security firm to ensure the area is monitored to deter these types of activities. Residents are encouraged to call 311 to report concerns, or if there is a need, to call 911.  

    We also have a dog park page on Over To You, if you go to the home page you can find it there. You'll be able to submit comments and find more information there.

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    Skate park Hosting an annual Art Competition (Grafiti art)

    prestak asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

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    What happens if the appeals of the kingsway district are successful?

    kevin.jarus asked almost 2 years ago

    The Library/Art Gallery and Convention and Performance Centre are two of the large projects that Council endorsed on April 20th, 2016. Therefore, these projects will continue to move forward as directed by Council. Should there be delays / impacts which significantly affect the progress of these two large projects, our Project Team will advise Council and seek direction.

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    Can we locate the Sudbury Community Arena next to this instead of Across town. It seems like we are making a massive mistake faster than any mistake we have made in the past but with a far higher price tag.

    asked about 2 years ago

    Council has already made the decision to move the arena to the Kingsway site.

    On June 27, 2017, staff presented Council with two recommended site options for the Arena/Event Centre: a Downtown location or Kingsway location.

    On June 27, 2017, Council approved the Kingsway location.


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    What are the contingency plans if the Kingsway project is delayed with appeals? Will we move forward with another location? Seems like the projects could be on hold indefinitely in a drawn out appeal process.

    frankiesudbury asked about 2 years ago

    The Library/Art Gallery and Convention and Performance Centre are two of the large projects that Council endorsed on April 20th, 2016. Therefore, these projects will continue to move forward as directed by Council. In the future, should there be delays which significantly affect the progress of these two large projects, our Project Team will advise Council and seek direction on an as needed basis.

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    It's fairly common for public spaces to be given nicknames or shortforms. I just wonder... has it occured to anyone that one of the easier shortforms that comes to mind for "The Junction" is "The Junk", or better yet, "The Junkie"?

    melorun asked about 2 years ago

    It is advantageous to create an identity for the shared site of the Library/Art Gallery and Convention and Performance Centre. One of the similarities of these projects is that both are striving to be gathering places. The Working Groups for both the Library / Art Gallery and the Convention and Performance Centre have decided to call the integrated site development The Junction for the follow reasons:

    • Definition is “a point where two or more things converge”

    • It speaks to what we want to be in the future

    • It broad enough to capture the activities of the site

    • Junction Creek runs just north of the site

    • The streets, Elgin, Minto and Van Horne create an intersection or junction

    • The Sudbury Junction, the original name of the train station 

    Hope that helps!

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    I 've lived in Sudbury all my life and there are hundreds of artists that need the exposure . Some artist rely on selling there art pieces to make a living . Also this is a excellent place to have the Community Arena to bring travellers into our downtown core . This will extremely help our small businesses . In June we have a farmer's market this will help our local farmers The market is open until November this is a good sales pitch . For parking the train station would be the ideal place for some parking . Iv travelled many towns and most of them have an art galleries in the downt6 core. Thankyou

    arlene richer asked about 2 years ago

    These are some great ideas. Keep them coming!

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    event centre should be built on site proposed by Pwc report. if it is going to be held up in planning procedure we don't have to wait. this will accelerate all projects. close minto to traffic. to be used for pedestrian gathering, outdoor events/entertainment etc. hotel on current arena parking lot to be connected to the Junction to be built in the re-purposed arena.

    John asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback. Check in regularly for more updates.

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    I believe that The Junction, should keep some of the existing building, having an architecture theme combination of old and new, for example like the ROM in Toronto.

    G.Cimino asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you for your feedback.