As many of you are aware, the Toronto District School Board has identified the Old Orchard Junior Public School lands at 375 Dovercourt Road in Ward 19 as a site that could potentially be sold off. While the school is no longer in operation, the West End Parents Daycare and the Orchard Montessori rent space from the TDSB to provide child care and educational services for parents and children in the community.
I have been working with Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19, Trinity Spadina) in order to try to find a solution that would result in retaining the existing uses on the site. As part of our efforts, I recently moved a motion at the June 29, 2016 Executive Committee meeting that directs City staff to work with Councillor Layton and I, the Toronto Lands Corporation (the TDSB's real estate arm), and the current tenants to develop a business case for the potential severance, purchase and/or loan guarantee, in order to secure increased parkland and preserve 200 child care and after school program spaces and to report back to the Executive Committee.
I believe that it is critical that we retain the child care and green space that our community currently utilizes now and into the future. I look forward to continuing our discussions to try and find a solution that will allow for the retention of child care spaces on the site.