10 Carden awarded Downtown Activation Grant to fuel Acker’s renovation

City invests $110,000 into upgrades to the third and fourth floors of landmark building

Guelph ON – Extensive renovations are currently underway to transform the former Acker’s Furniture Building into a vibrant hub for local social benefit organizations and members of the community to work and meet.  As a recipient of a $110,000 Minor Downtown Activation Grant from the City of Guelph, 10 Carden will use this funding to revitalize the third and fourth floors of this landmark local structure as it prepares to move into the building later this year.

10 Carden would like to thank the City for helping to support the transformation of this underutilized space into an active working and meeting area for the community.

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Key features include: a new passenger elevator, a second set of stairs to bring the building to compliance with the Ontario Building Code, accessible washrooms and unisex washrooms on each floor, and new windows on both Carden and Macdonell Streets to replace inoperable and broken windows. Once renovations are complete, the expanded space will offer the following services and amenities:

  • 16 full-time open concept co-working stations
  • 10+ part-time open concept co-working stations
  • Private co-working offices
  • Two soundproof meeting rooms
  • Five bookable community event and meeting spaces
  • One large office/creative arts space
  • The first Downtown Guelph Community Classroom (in partnership with the University of Guelph, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute and Student Life departments.)
  • Contingent on funding, plans are also underway to install a certified community kitchen on the fourth floor.

In order to preserve the history of the space, efforts will be made to retain as much of the existing tin ceilings as possible. Wall finishes in the space will expose existing stone and brick, and the building’s warehouse-style floors will be refinished.  New materials will bring in reclaimed wood, steel, concrete, industrial felt and interior glass to visually open spaces and bring light and fresh air to the building.

Incorporated as a not-for-profit, 10 Carden is Guelph’s ‘community hub’ offering local not-for-profit groups, socially-focused businesses and individuals affordable and accessible space. 10 Carden’s creating space for change model includes shared office/meeting space/event space/collaboration centre and offers individuals, professionals and researchers working within Guelph a place to gather/work and exchange ideas. For more information about 10 Carden and the expansion project, including Community Bonds, visit

For more information please contact:
Julia Grady
Co-Founder, 10 Carden
[email protected]