Ontario Tech University is planning to develop a new property in downtown Oshawa.
The university recently purchased a parcel of land at 154 Bruce St., adjacent to its building at 61 Charles St., which houses classrooms, lecture halls, a library and the Student Life office.
The next step is a request for proposals process to explore possibilities for developing the Bruce Street property. The university says this could include connecting a new multistorey structure to the existing Charles Street building.
Construction is expected to begin in 2027, with the new building operational by 2030.
“Our new Bruce Street property is a vital component of Ontario Tech University’s strategic vision to have purpose-built and high-tech facilities in downtown Oshawa,” says Ontario Tech president Steven Murphy.
Ontario Tech has had a campus presence in downtown Oshawa for close to 15 years, with about 2,500 students and 190 faculty and staff. The downtown campus includes the Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre, Faculty of Education, and Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.
Since 2009, Ontario Tech has also owned and operated the historic Regent Theatre, which functions as a lecture hall by day and community events venue by night.
Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter says the City of Oshawa is “thrilled” that Ontario Tech is continuing to invest in the downtown.
“This new space will support the future growth and expansion of Ontario Tech’s vibrant downtown campus location where almost 3,000 students, faculty and staff bring a creative and exciting energy to our downtown,” the mayor says.
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