Casa Loma kicks off hunt for partnerships
City Centre Mirror
In a continuing effort to help maintain Casa Loma, the corporation in charge of the historic castle and grounds is seeking out partnerships with outside people and organizations.
The corporation, which was created by the City of Toronto last year, has released a Request for Pre Qualifications (RFPQ), the first stage in a two-step Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
The RFPQ will allow interested parties a chance to express their interest in leasing, upgrading and operating Casa Loma, with consideration given to individuals or groups who will retain the castle’s heritage aspects and allow it to remain as an attraction and special events site.
“The organization or team chosen will respect the heritage attributes of Casa Loma while enhancing visitation on a year-round basis,” said Casa Loma Corporation board chair Mike Williams.
While the corporation is insisting that Casa Loma retain its current features, interested parties can implement other elements of their own choosing as well, provided those elements mesh with the castle’s current heritage status and functions.
As an attraction and special event space, Casa Loma is expected to bring in a total of $4.9 million in 2012, with an operating surplus of $1.1 million excluding taxes, rent and depreciation.
The RFPQ was officially launched on Monday, Dec. 17 and are due by Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Respondents who meet the corporation’s qualifications will be contacted and issued an RFP in early March, 2013.