City Building and Cultural VitalityEnsuring the best use of the City's real estate assets
City building is a broad concept that includes a variety of outcomes such as developing affordable and social housing, enabling complete communities, driving net zero climate and energy goals, activating public spaces, supplying modernized and accessible facilities for City services, supporting cultural diversity, and fostering a vibrant economy through economic growth, job creation and attracting new investments to the City.
Each of these outcomes creates new possibilities in neighbourhoods and has the potential to improve the quality of life for local residents. The following projects aim to enhance not only the fabric of the local community, but the cultural vitality of the city.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts
CreateTO, on behalf of TO Live, launched an international design competition in the fall of 2022 to reimagine the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, a landmark performing arts theatre in the heart of the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. The reimagining of the STLC is an opportunity to create a unique cultural hub that combines themes of culture and community with technology, accessibility and sustainability.
Located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, Parkdale Hub is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging cultural, social and economic benefits to the Parkdale community including:
· The revitalization and expansion of the Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre;
· The revitalization and expansion of the Parkdale Library Branch;
· The creation of new affordable rental housing;
· The creation of new inclusive and accessible community space; and
260 Adelaide St. West and 229 Richmond St. West
The redevelopment of 260 Adelaide St. West, combined with the strategic acquisition of 229 Richmond St. West, will create numerous city-building opportunities, including 30 per cent affordable housing, the construction of a new fire station, an EMS post, 10,000 square feet of community space, along with securing the largest new City park in the downtown core in decades.
Tamil Community Centre
Working with a steering committee including representatives of the Tamil community, CreateTO identified a suitable location in northeast Scarborough for the development of a new not-for-profit community facility on the City-owned property at 311 Staines Road and led all aspects of this project including the lease negotiation.
Etobicoke Civic Centre
New civic and community infrastructure, including a recreation centre, library, childcare facility and public square are among the benefits that will be delivered through the establishment of this new civic centre, which will provide much needed services and act as a catalyst for the revitalization of Etobicoke City Centre.