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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 about 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 over 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.