Tag Archives: Downtown

St. George’s Square gets brighter

Photo opportunity: St. George’s Square lighting installation Attention photo editors Guelph, Ont., May 23, 2017 – You are invited to photograph the installation of the first new light in St. George’s Square by Ward1 Councillor, Dan Gibson on Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30 p.m. For more information Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager, Downtown Renewal Business Development and Enterprise Services 519-822-1260 extension 2475 ian.panabaker@guelph.ca St. George’s Square gets brighter Guelph, Ont., May 17, 2017 – New lighting is coming to St. George’s Square, in downtown Guelph, the week of May 22. “We’re improving St. George’s Square by replacing and adding lights to make it more welcoming and safer for downtown visitors,” explains Ian Panabaker, corporate manager of Downtown Renewal. A total of 56 low voltage light emitting… Continue reading St. George’s Square gets brighter

Call for artists for City’s 2016 Artist in Residence program

Guelph, Ont., March 2, 2016 – The City of Guelph invites professional artists to submit proposals to be selected for the 2016 City of Guelph Artist in Residence program. Piloted in 2014, this cultural initiative seeks to engage the community in creative experiences and embeds artistic activity in a variety of public spaces. With the aim of strengthening connections between people and the places they share, and drawing inspiration through playful discovery and imaginative exploration, the City’s 2016 Artist in Residence program will develop a project that explores the role of art in urban placemaking. Placemaking is an urban design process that helps cities to achieve public spaces that are engaging, practical, and well designed. “We are looking for projects that encourage the reimagination of… Continue reading Call for artists for City’s 2016 Artist in Residence program

Construction begins on Fusion Homes’ Metalworks

Guelph, ON, September 3, 2015 – A new crane will soon be dotting downtown Guelph’s skyline as Fusion Homes officially broke ground today on its Metalworks development. A year after The Metalworks’ brand launch, construction has begun on the first 133 units in a development that will include more than 600 condominium units and townhomes when all five phases are complete. The Metalworks’ first phase is 70% sold out and construction is expected to be complete in early 2017. When the first phase is complete, the City’s tax revenue on the property will increase 36 times over its current level. “This is not just for the residents of The Metalworks, not just for people in the downtown and the Ward; we are creating something for… Continue reading Construction begins on Fusion Homes’ Metalworks

City updating Downtown Zoning By-law

Guelph, ON, August 19, 2015 – The City is undertaking a review to update the Downtown Zoning By-law regulations and downtown commercial zones. “The purpose of the Downtown Zoning By-law review is to support and sustain a vibrant Downtown Guelph,” explains David DeGroot, Senior Urban Designer. “The review will ensure an updated Zoning By-law aligns with the existing Downtown Secondary Plan and supports appropriate investment and development in our city’s core.” Topics to be addressed during the review include: Downtown Secondary Plan densities, land use permissions, building heights and other policies,  Urban design regulations and standards, Zoning implications related to cultural heritage, brownfield sites and servicing, and, Recommending private parking regulations, including bicycle parking. The City will be meeting with agencies, landowners, businesses, stakeholders and… Continue reading City updating Downtown Zoning By-law

Staff recommends review of in house tourism services

Guelph, ON, Friday, September 6 – On September 17, Guelph’s Community and Social Services Committee will receive a report recommending the City continue tourism services while reviewing the department’s programs and operations. Earlier this year, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a community partner to take over the management of the tourism services currently provided by the City of Guelph. The City received two proposals, and determined that neither met the City’s needs for tourism programs and services. David Peacock, CEO of Regional Tourism Organization Four, helped the City develop the RFP. Peacock and members of Guelph’s Culture and Tourism and Finance departments evaluated the submissions. “I support the recommendation of the evaluation committee,” said Peacock. “Guelph is a vibrant and important tourism player… Continue reading Staff recommends review of in house tourism services

Guelph exploring new ways to encourage tourism

Agencies and organizations invited to propose new business model for tourism services Guelph, ON, June 7, 2013 – Today, the City issued a request for proposals to determine if agencies, organizations or community partners are able to deliver tourism services for the City of Guelph. “Tourism is one of six strategic directions identified in Prosperity 2020, the community’s Economic Development and Tourism Strategy. Prosperity 2020 identified the need to establish the most effective tourism management model to realize this economic opportunity for our community,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “Council has issued a challenge to the tourism sector in Guelph to explore the best model to grow this important part of our local economic future.” Using feedback from a community consultation session held last March, the… Continue reading Guelph exploring new ways to encourage tourism