From start to finish, the relocation of MOCA Toronto to its new home relied on help from NetGain.
Initially at the request of the Board, NetGain provided part-time executive oversight to the staff at the former West Queen West gallery site. That role changed as the operation stabilized and as facility issues rose on the Board’s agenda. In fact their lease had run out and the property was about to be redeveloped. Again, at the Board’s request, NetGain took on the challenge of identifying viable sites and deal structures, leading to the eventual selection of their current location at 158 Sterling Road.
Next, NetGain was retained to negotiate major terms in the form of an MOU, and when that was done, to work with Osler Hoskins Harcourt to draft a complete lease agreement for a 20 year term, renewable to 40 years. When the lease was substantially complete, oversight was required for architecture and design, and as that work progressed, project management support was required. As work on the building proceeded, business planning and funding requests had to catch up, resulting in a parallel NetGain assignment that secured the first $5.1 from Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
Finally, after the building was opened, NetGain was called back to assist the Board in the resolution of outstanding construction financing issues with the builders and support the busy fundraising team. In total NetGain devoted three and a half years to relocating MOCA, and not coincidentally, helping the organization to grow fourfold in space and finally fulfil its aspirational name.