As you may be aware, on December 8, 2016, the Province of Ontario announced $20M in funding to support a new high school and a community hub at the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Redevelopment Site. To support the community to identify priorities and goals for a Community Hub, the City and Province invited community based organizations to form an independent, voluntary, and time limited "Community Hub Visioning Group". The Visioning Group was established to meet the following objectives:
- Ensure that community groups are meaningfully engaged in the planning for a potential Bloor-Dufferin community hub; and
- Develop a vision and governance and service framework for a potential community hub at Bloor-Dufferin.
The Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub Visioning Group process is being run by an independent facilitator and is being supported by City and Provincial staff. I am pleased to share with you three important pieces of information in this community update:
- Visioning Group Community Survey (Open until March 20, 2017)
- Meeting Summary from the February 6, 2017 Public Information Session
- Visioning Group Meeting Summaries
I look forward to sharing more information with you as I receive it from the Visioning Group. To read my previous updates on the Bloor-Dufferin TDSB Lands, please click here.
I am also asking that you "save the date" for a pre-application community meeting that is being organized by the developer of this site that will take place the evening of Thursday April 13, 2017 (Location TBD). This meeting will focus on the future mixed use development of the entire site and I will be sharing more details as they become available.
Ward 18, Davenport
Community Survey Open Until March 20, 2017
The Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub Visioning Group will work from February-April 2017 to prepare a preliminary Vision for the Bloor-Dufferin Community Hub. This is intended to include: identifying priority community needs and interests; a proposed focus for the hub, programming options and a proposed governance model. The Vision will be based on community feedback collected from prior meetings, new community and stakeholder consultations, and research about hubs in other places.
To gather more input, the Visioning Group is asking for your participation in an online community survey. The survey will be open until March 20, 2017. I encourage you to participate as soon as possible. To fill out the survey please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HubVisioning
Public Information Session Meeting Summary
At my urging, the City of Toronto hosted a public information session on February 6, 2017 to discuss next steps for envisioning a Community Hub for the Bloor-Dufferin Revitalization Site. The meeting was a great opportunity to hear about the process, next steps for developing a community hub vision for Bloor-Dufferin, how the local community can be engaged, and to receive initial ideas from residents about how the community hub and how it should work. City staff have prepared a summary of the meeting that you can download by clicking here.
Visioning Group Meeting Summaries
Please click the titles below to download the meeting summaries from the February 7 and 21, 2017 Visioning Group meetings: