I am pleased to report to our community that Toronto City Council has approved a zoning by-law amendment allowing the proposed 299 Campbell Ave development to move forward after many years of community consultation and involvement.
This development will be a significant addition to our community with the proposed expansion of the Perth-Dupont Toronto Public Library (TPL) branch being housed in the base of this building – providing a brand new and significantly enlarged library for our neighbourhood. The Perth-Dupont branch is currently one of the smallest libraries in the entire TPL system and this expansion will result in a significantly larger library, growing to approximately 10,000 square feet.
When I think back to four years ago, there was talk at City Hall of closing libraries and reducing library hours. At the same time those discussions were happening, nearly 100 people here in Ward 18 came together to support expanding the Perth-Dupont branch in our community. Together with many involved community members of the Junction Triangle Library Expansion Committee, we have worked towards achieving this important milestone and should be proud of how far we have been able to come from only four short years ago.
The TPL has embraced this expansion project and is supporting this innovative approach to renovate and expand other libraries all across the system. Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban library system with 100 branches, over 32 million items borrowed yearly, and over 18.5 million annual visitors.