CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Sales and Rental Opportunities
ARTSCAPE SHAW STREET CENTRE
Deadline for Submissions: July 8, 2010 by 10:00am
June 10, 2010 — Artscape is excited to launch the sales and rental process for Artscape Shaw Street Centre. Building upon Artscape’s self-sustaining development model permitting ownership and rental opportunities for non-residential spaces, studios at Artscape Shaw Street Centre will be sold and rented to artists and not-for-profit arts and community organizations at below-market rates. This mix will fill an important need in the arts community by offering some artists and organizations the opportunity to purchase their work space permanently while allowing Artscape to continue to address the needs of the arts community for long-term affordable rental space.
Artscape Shaw Street Centre will be a multi-dimensional, multi-tenanted facility designed to build capacity for creativity and innovation and bring creative people and ideas together under one roof. It will be both a physical and virtual platform for collaboration that supports new models of practice being developed by artistic leaders, notable for their multidisciplinary, collaborative and entrepreneurial approach. The centre will house a core group of media artists and organizations, as well as a diverse mix of creators working in various artistic disciplines. Artscape Shaw Street Centre will also provide space for community and social mission organizations that will thrive in a convergence centre context.
Artscape Shaw Street Centre will repurpose the existing historic Shaw Street School, located at 180 Shaw Street in the heart of the West Queen West arts and creative community. Artscape is making a significant investment in the restoration and renovation of the 75,000 sq. ft. building, with the scope of work estimated to be greater than $12M. This investment coupled with Artscape’s self-sustaining development model, will secure the building as a creative convergence centre for future generations of Toronto artists and organizations. Artscape Shaw Street Centre will offer work spaces on four floors, ranging in size from 460 – 4,800 sq. ft. Potential uses include work space for artists and not-for-profit arts and community organizations, including but not limited to: production, exhibition, education, programming and administrative space.
There will be no residential opportunities within the Artscape Shaw Street Centre. Occupancy is expected for Spring, 2012.
Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals, which includes detailed information including the vision for Artscape Shaw Street Centre, space descriptions, floorplans, sales and rental opportunities, purchaser and tenant qualification and selection, details on submitting a proposal and the application form are available at www.artscapeshawcentre.ca.
Deadline for Submissions
All submissions must be received by 10:00 A.M. on July 8, 2010.
Established in 1986, Artscape is a not-for-profit, urban development organization that revitalizes buildings, neighbourhoods and cities through the arts. Artscape projects provide affordable space for creativity while generating positive cultural, economic, social and environmental impact. Artscape has transformed a portfolio of underutilized buildings across Toronto into dynamic community assets that serve to enable innovation and creativity, including the award-winning Artscape Wychwood Barns and multi-tenant arts facilities in the Queen Street West, Liberty Village, Toronto Island and The Distillery Historic neighbourhoods.
In addition to Artscape Shaw Street Centre, Artscape’s current development projects also include Artscape Triangle Lofts, a 56,000 sq. ft. below-market live/work residential condominium project opening in September 2010 for artists and non-profit arts professionals in the West Queen West neighbourhood and Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre, a 60,000 sq. ft. project located in the heart of the Regent Park community revitalization project.
Additional information on Artscape can be found at www.torontoartscape.on.ca. You can also follow Artscape on Twitter @Artscape, and join in the conversation on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.
Donations to support the Artscape Foundation’s Annual Campaign can be made by visiting the Foundation’s giving pages on CanadaHelps: www.canadahelps.org Keyword: Artscape Foundation.