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The Orange Hub (former MacEwan West Campus Building)

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Council pushes ahead on repurposing MacEwan West Campus
The old MacEwan West Campus could soon be home to a public market, performance studio or a place for kids to play.

That’s just a snippet of what possible renters are thinking, as more than 70 groups have expressed interest in the city-owned building, left vacant when MacEwan University consolidated its campus downtown.

Council heard their pitches on Monday, but are keeping an open mind on the fate of the former arts hub. Councillors voted to pursue the next steps to identify potential tenants.

“It would be a shame for it to not to become an arts space — that’s what it’s always been,” said Diane Kereluk, executive director of the Stony Plain Business Association.

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High demand from arts, health groups for space in re-purposed MacEwan West campus
More than 70 groups have expressed interest in being a part of MacEwan West, the MacEwan University campus that the city will take over next September.

The university is consolidating all of its operations in its expanding downtown location. Four years ago, city council approved the purchase of MacEwan West, at 10045 156th St.

The campus was originally the main hub for MacEwan programs in the fine arts, housing signature offerings like jazz music, musical theatre, and dance.

The city wants to re-purpose the building into an intercultural, interagency community hub for arts, recreation, wellness and learning.

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Non-profit lease applications open for MacEwan West
April 7, 2017

The City of Edmonton has released a Negotiated Request For Proposal (NRFP) for non-profit groups interested in leasing space at MacEwan West.

Interested parties may access the NRFP through the Government of Alberta purchasing website. Click on the vendor button and search “MacEwan.” This is exclusively for the non-profit sector at this time. Deadline for applications is April 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.

The City will be establishing a parallel process for potential commercial/market-rate tenants, details to follow soon.

The City is developing the former MacEwan University building as a hub for non-profit arts, recreation, learning and wellness organizations.

For more information:
purchasingconnection.ca
edmonton.ca/macewanwestcampus

Media contact:
Shani Gwin
Communications Advisor
City of Edmonton
780-495-0658

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End is nigh for MacEwan's west-end campus in the big orange building
On the bottom floor of MacEwan University’s aging Centre for the Arts and Communications building in the city’s west end, past the foosball deck and a desk piled high with dog-eared books and unwanted CDs, a gaggle of teenagers slouch around two tables that have been pushed together.

With the distant thumping of a bass guitar in the background and endless chit-chat from passing bodies, the arts students are chatting about what arts students chat about: that piece of new artwork in the foyer, when and where their next classes are and what gig they saw on the weekend.

A quick bus trip east down 104 Avenue, MacEwan’s glistening new $180-million Bing Thom-designed Centre for Arts and Culture sits empty, but not for much longer.

Come Aug. 1, faculty and staff in the big orange building will begin moving into the 40,000-square-metre structure on the corner of 104 Avenue and 110 Street with classes for about 1,000 students scheduled to begin a month later.

When the halls fall silent, it will mark the end of a building that, since opening in 1981 — back when MacEwan was Grant MacEwan Community College and the west-end facility was known as Jasper Place Campus — has educated a generation of musicians, thespians and artists who have in part helped establish Edmonton as a cultural hub in western Canada.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...ns-west-end-campus-in-the-big-orange-building
 

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Opinion: Danielle Paradis says a nostalgic goodbye to the 'big orange' former MacEwan campus
When I first started at the MacEwan Centre for the Arts—the giant orange cube on 156 Street—I couldn’t make up my mind whether it was an eyesore or a quirky creative hotbed.

The ceiling parkade leaked water into white buckets, giant tubes stretched from the top of the building down to the basement and every nook and cranny was filled with art.

Now, after 35 years it’s closing its doors in June, and I’m hit with nostalgia.

I took the now extinct PROW—professional writing—program in the big orange from 2008 to 2012. In between classes there wasn’t many places to go, so the students spent a lot of time hanging out and talking. At times, it was a wonderland without any adult supervision.

There’s something wonderful that happens when you spend your days in a building filled with creative people.

http://www.metronews.ca/views/edmon...paradis-goodbye-to-former-macewan-campus.html
 

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Future of west end MacEwan building to be discussed at open house
Once a bustling arts and communications campus, the vivid orange MacEwan West building now sits vacant because the Edmonton university has consolidated programs at its downtown campus.

Now the City of Edmonton is holding an open house to discuss the proposed rezoning of the facility to support a new vision for an inter-agency, intercultural community hub.

http://globalnews.ca/news/3542349/future-of-west-end-macewan-building-to-be-discussed-at-open-house/
 

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'Orange Hub' roster bursting with not-for-profits on former MacEwan campus
Edmonton’s MacEwan University West campus will soon be known as The Orange Hub — unless a corporation steps up soon to buy the name and help the new not-for-profit tenants pay the bills.

The city gets possession of the currents arts campus at the end of September when MacEwan University moves its arts students downtown. Officials are in the final stages of signing leases with 27 different not-for-profit organizations to share the campus. They’ll eventually run the facility on their own through a shared governance model.

City officials at council’s community services committee Monday said 49 not-for-profit organizations applied, asking for double the amount of space available. The city will release the list of successful applicants once contracts are signed in September.

The total includes 14 arts and heritage organization, three education-focused groups, two focused on community development, one on sports and seven on wellness. A consortium of three arts groups want to run the small black box theatre but no one stepped up yet for the main theatre.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...with-not-for-profits-on-former-macewan-campus

Proposed Valley Line LRT extension to eliminate parking spots in west Edmonton
Future tenants of the old MacEwan University west campus are already raising concerns over parking at the building.

There are 180 parking stalls at the iconic orange building on 156th Street and 100th Avenue. But future Valley Line LRT expansion in the west end of the city could mean the demolition of that parking garage.

The news came at Monday's Community and Public Services meeting where city administration explained to councillors that many of the 27 potential tenants of the building are worried about a lack of parking in the area.

"Certainly parking is important. We don't want to see parking spillover into the neighbouring communities," said Coun. Andrew Knack, who represents the area.

"I think the whole plan now is to figure out if that parkade is going to stay," Knack said. "If it has to go, would it be rebuilt after the LRT is built in the same location? Or do we build it across the street at the Jasper Place terminal? But I think it's too early to say that."

The demolition of the parking lot could be a huge blow to city revenues from the building. The parking lot is expected to bring in $100,000 in revenue each year, after the city takes ownership of it at the end of September.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/valley-line-lrt-parking-macewan-university-1.4256277

Not-for-profits in final discussions for former MacEwan west campus space
 
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'Orange Hub' highlights arts issues in Edmonton's election
It’s easy for arts and culture issues to get buried under a mountain of electoral jockeying about LRT expansion, snow clearing and bike lanes.

But as council hopefuls compete for votes, focusing mainly on the nuts and bolts of taxes, transportation and neighbourhood development, the City of Edmonton formally acquired a large west-end facility to be transformed into an arts and culture centre.

The city took possession of the MacEwan West campus — recently christened “The Orange Hub” — on Sept. 29, a move officials hope will add vibrancy to the Jasper Place community.

The plan is for the building to house 14 arts and heritage organizations, three education-focused groups, two focused on community development, one on sports and seven on wellness. A consortium of three arts groups want to run the small black box theatre, but by late August, there still weren’t any takers for operation of the main theatre.
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The City of Edmonton took over the Orange Hub, previously known as MacEwan University’s west campus, on Sept. 29, 2017. It is being reimagined as a centre largely focused on arts and culture based in Ward 1. LARRY WONG /POSTMEDIA
The Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton is surveying candidates on a range of issues, from space to funding to the public art collection. The coalition’s executive committee chair Ken Davis says they think it’s important for people to know what prospective civic leaders envision for the future of arts and culture in the city.

“We would hope that a new city council will continue to voice strong support for a proactive strategy for advancing arts and culture as an essential sector in Edmonton,” Davis says.

With most of Edmonton’s major cultural institutions clustered in the core, the Orange Hub, though more modest in scope, has potential to carve out a “hub” for arts in the west end — its Jasper Place location in Ward 1 intersects with Stony Plain Road and the proposed LRT route.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/orange-hub-highlights-arts-issues-in-edmontons-election
 

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At first glance I thought this said "Corus" group which would have been something completely different.

Chorus group becomes first official tenant of city's Orange Hub
The Orange Hub has hit all the right notes for its first tenants, an a cappella choir group from Edmonton.

Gateway Chorus, a non-profit group known for its barbershop harmonies, announced Tuesday it’s the first group to sign a lease at the city’s cultural hub — the former MacEwan University Jasper Place campus building, distinctively orange in colour — in the west end.

http://edmontonjournal.com/news/loc...mes-first-official-tenant-of-citys-orange-hub
 

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Nine non-profits move into The Orange Hub
April 6, 2018

Nine non-profit groups are taking up residence at The Orange Hub, kickstarting a plan to turn the former West MacEwan Campus into one of the largest non-profit centres of its kind in Canada.

This first wave of tenants were selected through a public tendering process initiated prior to the City taking ownership of the property in September 2017. The groups will create a vibrant community hub for arts, recreation, wellness and learning.

“We’re pleased at the overwhelming interest from a diverse range of non-profit groups across the city,” said Roger Jevne, Community and Recreation Facilities Branch Manager. “Each has a rich history of providing arts programming or social support to the community and we’re happy to welcome them to The Orange Hub.”

The first wave of selected non-profits include:
  • Gateway Chorus, an internationally ranked a cappella choir that specializes in producing that beautiful ringing sound you hear only in barbershop harmony.
  • Edmonton Youth Pipe Band, Edmonton's oldest pipe band, inspiring young people to learn the music and lore of the highland bagpipes.
  • The Red Road Healing Society, an Indigenous organization that offers professional services and programs from a cultural community grassroots perspective.
  • Adaptabilities provides respite care for individuals with special needs and their families through programs for children and adults.

Non-profit groups and businesses interested in operating at The Orange Hub are invited to submit a request for proposalduring the second phase of tenant recruitment in early spring.

The Orange Hub offers rental space for community groups and residents to host their own events and programs.

Rehabilitation of the building is underway as part of the City's facility lifecycle management. This work will ensure it meets current building and fire codes, as well as requirements for a safe, secure and barrier-free public space.

For more information:
edmonton.ca/TheOrangeHub

Media contact:
Debi Winwood
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Community and Recreation Facilities
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EDAC set to move to the Orange Hub in January 2019

After three years in the recently revitalized Alberta Block Building (former CKUA building) on Jasper Avenue, EDAC is moving to the Orange Hub (MacEwan U’s former Centre for the Arts) on Stony Plain Road. The move will double the classroom capacity for the college and allow EDAC students to utilize the various production studio spaces available at the Orange Hub.

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Does anyone know how this is doing or how it is being positioned post COVID?

They were at Council a short time ago requesting dollars.
 

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