Partners wanted to help transform downtown Brampton with Centre for Innovation
Published May 8, 2023 at 10:27 am
The City is putting out a call for partners in the private sector to help kickstart Brampton’s Centre for Innovation (CFI) and revitalize the downtown.
The CFI is a planned $100 million, 256,000-square-foot entrepreneurship incubator development in Brampton’s downtown aimed at revitalizing the core by attracting and developing start-ups.
The state-of-the-art building will also include a new central library, collaborative space for postsecondary institutions, and modern office spaces.
Plans for the new centre have been in the works since 2018, and the City has opened applications for private-sector partnerships to help develop the space.
Third parties interested in applying must make a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEOI) to the City by June 8. Applicants are requested to register with the City starting on May 18 before making an expression of interest.
The building is being designed to be a zero-carbon facility that will include a café, gallery, conference area, and event space along with a new academic facility which will share the library and some other facilities in the centre.
The city has hired architectural firm Diamond Schmitt to design the CFI space and renderings show a modern, glassy five-storey podium and a four-storey tower at the centre, for a total of nine storeys.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said the Centre for Innovation partnerships offer groups and companies an opportunity to help develop the downtown in return for long-term social, economic and cultural benefits.
“This future building will showcase design excellence, sustainability and innovation, while paying homage to Brampton’s historical and cultural legacies,” Brown said in a statement.
The RFEOI will be open for one month before moving into an evaluation process over the summer. Brampton City Council will consider the submissions and decide on next steps in the fall.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising