Parkdale Community Hub @ Queen and Cowan
*Monday June 10th, 6:00pm
250 Dunn Avenue (Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Chruch)
Join the City of Toronto and other Parkdale residents to discuss the future community hub at Queen and Cowan.
The City of Toronto is considering developing a Community Hub at Queen and Cowan. This intersection is home to an important cluster of City facilities and community services, including the Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, Parkdale Library, and Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre. Learn more about the Parkdale Community Hub idea here.
Join City Staff this evening to learn more about the project and provide input on the conceptual design options for these sites.
This is also an opportunity to advocate for the inclusion of important community benefits in this development.
PNLT's view on priority Community Benefits:
The PNLT believes that the development of the Parkdale Community Hub presents a unique opportunity to improve existing community serving facilities as well as to provide new community benefits. PNLT believes that these new benefits/facilities should be designed to meet the documented needs of Parkdale residents, and in particular equity-seeking groups. Based on the results fo the Parkdale Community Plan (2016) and recent consultations of the PNLT membership we believe the following community benefits should be prioritized:
- Affordable Commercial Space for locally serving non-profit organizations. Parkdale needs more non-profit owned spaces to provide a secure long-term home to important local agencies such as the Parkdale Legal Clinic, Parkdale Project Read and other community services who are at risk of displacement.
- Affordable Housing. The existing 10 affordable live-work units at 1313 Queen St West must be maintained and or expanded. Additionally, new affordable housing could be built on these sites to meet other unmet needs. The Parkdale Planning Study 2016 identified the top three housing priorities to be (1) affordable family housing, (2) senior housing, and (3) supportive housing. We would like the City to consider a range of housing options including Cooperative Housing and Supportive Housing. Additionally, as stipulated in the Parkdale Community Benefits Framework we would like to see 100% of the housing built as part of the hub to be socially owned and non-profit.
- Space for Indigenous Organizations / Community. The Parkdale Community Hub should provide new space for local indigenous community members and organizations.
More background on the community hub idea:
This cluster of public facilities, each of which requires state of good repair work and/or improvements, provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.
On March 28, 2017, City Council requested City Staff to convene an Inter-Divisional Agency Table to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for City-owned properties located at 1313, 1303 Queen Street West and 220 Cowan Avenue. In-addition to these three properties, additional City-owned lands are located within the Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue blocks which complete the Parkdale Community Hub Study Area.
The Parkdale Community Hub Study Area includes approximately 4.24 acres of City-owned lands and comprises the following properties;
- Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre and Masaryk Park (220 Cowan Avenue)
- Parkdale Library (1303 Queen Street West)
- Parkdale Arts and Culture Centre (1313 Queen Street West)
- Public Laneway at rear of Library
- Toronto Parking Authority lot (1325 Queen Street West)
- Toronto Community Housing residential apartment building (245 Dunn Avenue)
From January to June 2018, CreateTO in collaboration with the City of Toronto Real Estate Services division held several preliminary stakeholder and community meetings to learn what Parkdale residents, community organizations and local City agencies would like to see included in a future community hub.