The Corporation of the City of Thunder Bay has identified the need to replace the Fort William Gardens with a new Event and Convention Centre, which is proposed in the City's Renew Thunder Bay Plan as a high-priority five-year legacy project.
City Council has authorized City Administration to negotiate a non-binding letter of intent to form a partnership with a consortium called Thunder Bay LIVE!, which will allow the City to move ahead with the facility's development. Thunder Bay LIVE! was selected after a Request for Expressions of Interest process, which is part of Phase 3 of the event and convention centre project. The letter will be presented to City Council prior to April 14.
Backgrounder - Thunder Bay LIVE! Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 288 KB
The Corporate Report, including the consultants' recommendations for a Downtown/Waterfront site and direction to move forward to Phase 3, went to City Council on Nov. 26, 2012 and was approved following a third and final Public Information Session held at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Nov. 21. Over 400 people attended the final information session and 545 people followed the live stream.
Based on the Phase 2 Feasibility Study, the proposed Event Centre will have significant one-time and ongoing direct economic benefits to the City.
The City of Thunder Bay is requesting Expressions of Interest (RFEI) from potential investors and business partners for the proposed Event and Convention Centre as part of the Phase 3 process. The RFEI documents can be viewed at www.thunderbay.ca/bids