Plans Approved for New Downtown Market for June 22 Opening
Plans for Sudbury’s downtown public market have been approved by Greater Sudbury Council for a June 22, 2013 opening at the site of the CPR/Via Rail Station on Elgin Street. The first phase of the new market will be outdoors under shelter of semi-permanent canopies. Potential for an indoor market remains, using a portion of the Via Rail Station, pending approval of Parks Canada under the Heritage Railway Stations Protections Act.
“I am very pleased with the progress that has been made to date in keeping with our promise to open a new public market for the upcoming season,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Marianne Matichuk.
“We’re seeing the rebirth of a vital and colourful downtown Sudbury. Change inspires change. A new School of Architecture, a new green space along the rail yards and the sights and sounds of a new public market will totally transform Elgin Street. This transformation, in turn, will inspire further development and future entrepreneurs to restore the downtown as a prime shopping and entertainment destination.”
An environmental assessment of soil conditions on the CPR property is substantially complete. Results indicate that all identified concerns can be managed as part of the design and construction plan for the market.
The Phase 1 development will be funded from a $3.3 million capital reserve from the sale of Market Square to Laurentian University. Cost is estimated at $1.2 million for the indoor and outdoor market facilities.
Future phases of the outdoor market are currently estimated at $1.5 million to $1.9 million. Council has directed municipal staff to proceed with applications for additional funding for Phase 2 of the new market, from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Municipal Green Fund, under the Brownfields Funding Program, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
The City has retained Perry + Perry Architects to design Phase 1 of the outdoor market that will utilize colourful, semi-permanent tent structures with allowance for more permanent structures in future phases. The first phase will also include construction of fencing to separate the public market from the CP Rail tracks at a total estimated cost of $880,000.
The indoor market will be located in a portion of the Via Rail Station, once approval has been granted by Parks Canada to proceed with repairs. It is anticipated Phase 1 of the indoor market can be complete by the early summer at an estimated cost of $327,500.
Further analysis of the rail station have led staff to determine that major renovations should not be required for future indoor market expansion, allowing the historical attributes of the exterior to be preserved. Future indoor renovations will expand the market into the former waiting room and ticket office at a currently estimated cost of $1 million.
“The design for the outdoor public market has been well received by vendors and other stakeholders,” said Director of Economic Development Ian Wood. “We continue to work with all vendors to finalize plans for indoors and the future expansion of the outdoor market.”
The vision for the revitalized downtown market includes ample room for future growth, excellent exposure to a traffic count of more than 50,000 average annual daily trips and a synergy with the Laurentian School of Architecture, which will be linked from the public market with the Elgin Street Greenway.
Staff from Greater Sudbury’s Growth and Development Services is finalizing future design options and cost estimates for the consideration of Greater Sudbury Council by November, 2013.