City of Kitchener staff are recommending that council facilitate the creation of a new space in the downtown for artists, designers, and technology professionals to collaborate.

Dubbed the Kitchener Studio Project, the space will be located at 44 Gaukel Street at Charles Street, where Everest College is the major tenant.

The project is a partnership between Conestoga College, University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, according to a staff report. Other organizations, including the School of Media and Design, Electronic Arts and Communitech are also involved, the report released Wednesday says.

"Digital media companies locating in the Kitchener area have already indicated their site selection requirements include nearby access to art and design talent," the report says.

"The outcome of this project is expected to be a visible showcase of art and design talent in Kitchener."

Ward 9 Coun. Frank Etherington said the proposal is in the very early stages, and said a lot of details have to be worked out. But he is enthusiastic about the project.

"I think this will be perfect for what [digital and technology companies] want and what the city wants to improve everything that is happening that that rapidly developing network around the Tannery," he said.

The report will be discussed by council's community services and infrastructure committee on Monday. The city owns the building in question, and could make some space in the building available "for a nominal fee," Etherington said.

The development will be considered a pilot project and be re-evaluated in five years.