Oshawa wins 2007 Best Overall Project Award

    General Motors Centre Wins Canadian Urban Institute National Award

    OSHAWA, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - The City of Oshawa has received the prestigious
Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) "Best Overall Project" Award for demonstrating
excellence in brownfield redevelopment for the General Motors Centre building
    The national award was presented at the 2007 CUI Brownie Awards Gala in
Montreal on October 18. The annual Brownie Awards recognize leadership,
innovation and environmental sustainability in brownfields redevelopment
across Canada.
    Brownfields are lands on which industrial and/or commercial activity once
took place, but are no longer in use. These lands can include
underused/abandoned buildings or vacant lands that may have soil and/or water
    "The General Motors Centre project is an excellent example of brownfield
redevelopment," said Tom Hodgins, the City's Commissioner of Development
Services. "Previous land use at the site included commercial and industrial
uses such as a rail spur line and terminal building."
    The General Motors Centre - Durham Region's premier sports and
entertainment complex - opened in November 2006 in downtown Oshawa. The
facility is attracting visitors from across Canada for events, concerts and
Oshawa Generals hockey games. The building has numerous accessibility
features, including hearing assist devices and Braille on all signs. The GM
Centre has implemented a no waste system - all generated waste is sorted for
recycling and reuse and all food waste is recovered for livestock feed.
    "The General Motors Centre project demonstrates the City's commitment to
leadership in brownfields redevelopment, environmental conservation, downtown
revitalization and sustainable growth," said Oshawa Mayor John Gray.
    The City's many brownfield redevelopment support programs include
Brownfields Community Improvement Plan, Downtown Community Improvement Plan
and Downtown Shoulder Area Community Improvement Plan.
    The City's downtown revitalization strategy is underpinned by brownfields
restoration and redevelopment. Built on brownfield sites in the downtown are
the YMCA, Carriage House (seniors' retirement home), McLaughlin condominiums
and the recent Canvas residential development, as well as the Durham
Consolidated Courthouse scheduled to open in 2009.
    Downtown Oshawa has been identified as an urban growth centre in the
province's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
    The CUI Brownie Awards is the only Canadian competition focusing on
brownfields redevelopment. For more information about the awards, visit


For further information:

For further information: Tom Hodgins, Commissioner, Development
Services, City of Oshawa, (905) 436-5636, ext. 2361, (905) 449-2335 (cell),
thodgins@oshawa.ca; Mayor John Gray, City of Oshawa, (905) 436-5600, (905)
449-9858 (cell), mayor@oshawa.ca

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