CreateTO has been directed by City Council to initiate the Phase 2 feasibility work to advance the schematic design for the Parkdale Community Hub project.
The Parkdale Community Hub is focused on City-owned lands at the intersection of Queen and Cowan and includes the Parkdale Public Library; Masaryck Cowan Community Centre; Artscape Affordable Rental building and a TPA parking lot.
With the formation of CreateTO, this project was identified as an opportunity to leverage City-owned lands to deliver new affordable housing and community building through the smart consolidation, and introduction of, new community services.
Working in collaboration with multiple City divisions including City Real Estate Management, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Public Library, the Housing Secretariat and Toronto Parking Authority, CreateTO is now working towards the development of the following:
- Schematic design;
- Heritage impact assessment;
- Construction phasing study;
- Operations and collaboration framework;
- Community engagement strategy;
- Programming model;
- Affordable housing model;
- Environmental studies; and
- Capital budget and financing model.
The recommendations included within the staff report adopted by City Council on December 17, 2019 also directed CreateTO to explore the strategic acquisition of a privately held parcel of land that would allow for additional affordable housing.
Staff will report back to the Executive Committee in the fourth quarter of 2020 with an update on the Phase 2 work.
For more information about this project, visit parkdalehub.ca.