Market Square Redevelopment
Market Square is a unique feature in the heart of the City of Stratford. Located behind City Hall, the space is surrounded on all sides by heritage main street façades at the center of Stratford's Downtown Heritage District. However, the historic city center is presently underutilized due to the demands of modern transit. The former market place is now the home of a bus terminal and several parking spaces. The recent contribution of $1.25 million from Wal-Mart, $250,000 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and $55,000 from the Regional Tourism Organization will enable the City of Stratford to revitalize Market Square in a way that will acknowledge and celebrate the site's cultural heritage while promoting tourism and local businesses.
2015 Public Engagement:
In 2015, the City of Stratford retained AtFocus Consulting to facilitate the vision and community consultation process. This process included stakeholder interviews, workshops, focus groups, and a public survey for which we received 1060 responses. The feedback from this public consultation process resulted in the formulation of guiding principles and vision scenarios that were presented to council on 19 May 2015. The reports are available here:
2016 Design Competition:
In late 2015, the City issued a request for Prequalification (RFPQ15-08*) to shortlist architectural design firms interested in designing the redevelopment of Market Square. We received 20 responses and invited 3 shortlisted firms to submit design proposals (RFP15-09*). Proposals were received on 17 February 2016. Design proposals are available here:
*The RFP documents are for information only. The City of Stratford is not inviting further responses to these RFPs.
**Note that these design submissions are subject to copy right protection laws.
March-June 2016 Conceptual Design:
On 29 March, Stratford City Council retained GSP Group to create the conceptual design for the redevelopment of Market Square. Report available here:
Since that time, GSP has refined the conceptual design in consultation with City Staff and community stakeholders. The revised conceptual design was presented at a public Open House on Wednesday 1 June 2016. It will be presented to Council for consideration on 13 June 2016: Link to the revised conceptual design is here:
We are interested in hearing public feedback on the proposed design. Please e-mail any comments you may have to MarketSquare email by Sunday 5 June 2016 at 11:59pm.
Some items Council will need to consider on 13 June are as follows:
For more information on design items to be considered by Council, please see our 17 May report to the Finance and Labour Relations Subcommittee: Report available here:
Our Operating Budget for Phase I of this project has been set as follows:
Landscaping - Phase I: $1,205,000