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College Avenue Campus/Conexus Consultations

Video of the first open consultation forum for the Conexus proposal on June 16, 2016

Both the general concept of further developing around College Avenue Campus and the specific partnership with Conexus Credit Union have gone through extensive public consultations. Some of the highlights of those consultations are outlined below.

Wascana Centre Master Plan Consultations

In 2015, the Wascana Centre Authority and the University held three open consultation sessions aimed at defining the principles and parameters for future development in Wascana Centre. In addition, an online survey was used to gather feedback from Regina citizens about development in the park. The result is a 164-page master plan that governs the physical restrictions and design requirements of developing in Wascana Centre.

An Open Call for Help

For nearly five years, the University raised funds and lobbied government for support to save College Avenue Campus. But by late 2015, the University was still tens of millions of dollars short of the funds needed to fully restore its historic campus.

Around this time the University began looking for new and creative partnerships to help save its historic campus. As a result, in January 2016, the University put out a news release and request for proposals (RFP) seeking a development partner that could help save College Avenue Campus. This included the stipulation that: “Selected proposals will be subject to applicable planning and development approvals and public consultation requirements of Wascana Centre Authority and its partners, including a public forum to obtain input on the proposal prior to awarding the project.”

Consultations on the Conexus Proposal

Video of the second open consultation forum for the Conexus proposal on June 23, 2016

In June 2016, the University took the next steps in the RFP process, announcing a proposed new partnership with Conexus Credit Union.

As promised, the University immediately launched consultations on the proposal, holding two open forums. These forums were publicized through a news conference, two Regina Leader-Post advertisements and email invitations to approximately 25,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the public. The University also conducted targeted meetings with business, arts and heritage groups and sought email feedback from the 25,000 people who received invitations to the open forums.

City Land Donation in Support of College Avenue Campus

To ensure the University could proceed with its proposed partnership with Conexus, a small section of City of Regina land immediately adjacent to the west of Darke Hall was needed. Contribution of this land required approval of the City’s Finance and Administration Committee and City Council. Both of these approvals were obtained in open public meetings in August 2016.

How You Can Help

Please consider donating to the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project.

donate buttonFor more information about how you can donate, please contact:

Marc Butikofer, Director of Development