Let’s Grow Downtown

Brandon University is expanding our footprint downtown.

Through an agreement with the City of Brandon and an agreement in principle reached with Renaissance Brandon, we will increase BU’s downtown holdings to five parcels of land on the 100-block of downtown Brandon between Ninth Street and 10th Street adjacent to and including the former Strand Theatre property. Yielding tremendous value to the city and to the University for years to come, the land transfers are at minimal dollar value to facilitate the initiative while not straining the University’s financial resources. Favourable discussions are also underway with a private landowner to acquire two more neighbouring properties which would complete a parcel of nearly 70,000 square feet for the future development.

The property being assembled covers the entire vacant southern half of the block at Princess Avenue. The University is committed to a development that will add value to the existing neighbourhood, bringing new amenities and vitality to the downtown core.

This is an exciting development that will be transformative for both the University and for the entire city. We are extremely pleased by the support provided to BU by both Brandon City Council and by Renaissance Brandon. This initiative was sparked by the generous decision of Landmark Cinemas to make the former Strand Theatre available to us, allowing us to bring all these parties to the table and develop a collaborative vision for downtown.

Having this amount of space downtown will open up new opportunities for us to advance the University’s priorities as stated in our Academic Plan, the themes that are emerging from our Campus Master Plan, and meet student residence needs. It also bodes well for the future of downtown Brandon. It represents one of the most significant developments for the University and City over the past several decades.

We are committed to working collaboratively with all students, faculty and staff as we develop plans to make the best use of this downtown space. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and vision for Brandon University’s downtown campus.