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November 14, 2013
Council endorses negotiations with Liberty Entertainment Group to operate Casa Loma
  
Toronto City Council has authorized negotiations with Toronto's Liberty Entertainment Group for the ongoing operations management of the main house and surrounding grounds of Casa Loma.

"For Casa Loma to remain a viable public venue, it must flourish financially and aesthetically," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. "This agreement will help make a great architectural and historical asset successful by creating better on-site amenities and contributing to the City's ongoing restorations."

Council authorized the City to negotiate and sign a 20-year agreement with a new company controlled by Liberty Entertainment Group to improve and operate Casa Loma. The City currently operates the historic site through the Casa Loma Corporation.

Liberty Entertainment Group was selected as the company to manage and improve Casa Loma after an open request-for-proposal process that was started at Council's request last December to select an appropriate corporate entity for the endeavour. Casa Loma will continue to be open to the public as it is currently, with added amenities and attractions. The target date for the Liberty Group assuming management is early in January 2014.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to not only preserve Casa Loma’s iconic image as a historical and heritage landmark, but also to enhance the venue to support the visitor experience and engage the local community,” says Nick Di Donato, President and CEO, Liberty Entertainment Group. “We’re a Toronto-based company who is devoted to this city. That, combined with our track record of creating and successfully managing a diverse portfolio of venues and restaurants, is the perfect combination to ensure that the City of Toronto and our visitors discover Casa Loma all over again.”

Liberty Entertainment Group has a long track record in Toronto and elsewhere of working with heritage sites, in addition to managing special-event and restaurant facilities. More information is available at http://www.libertygroup.com/.

More information about the selection process and Council's decisions on the operations management of Casa Loma can be found at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.EX35.2.

Details about the terms and conditions of the agreement between the City and Liberty Entertainment Group will be publicly available after negotiations have been finalized. The City of Toronto will continue to own and maintain Casa Loma as a public historic site.

In addition to finalizing the lease for the management of the main house and grounds on the south side of Austin Terrace, the Casa Loma Corporation will continue to review options for the buildings and grounds on the north side of Austin Terrace. In the meantime, they will continue to stay open to the public.

The City of Toronto has owned the Casa Loma Complex since 1933. Until recently, the Kiwanis Club of Casa Loma had responsibility for day-to-day operations. In 2011, the City of Toronto took back operations and oversight, forming the Casa Loma Corporation – a City-services corporation – and mandated the corporation to determine future options for this unique asset. More information about the complex is available at http://casaloma.org/.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Media Contact
Shane Gerard, Senior Communications Coordinator
Strategic Communications
416-397-5711

sgerard@toronto.ca

 

 

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