I have been actively working to seize the opportunity to create a "community hub" and retain lands for public use on the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) property at Bloor and Dufferin since this land was originally put up for sale by the TDSB in late 2013. I worked to help develop a proposal to purchase a portion of the 7.3 acre site but we were rejected by the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) acting on behalf of the TDSB. I then worked with the Toronto Catholic District School Board to develop a solution for the site but never received a response back from the Minister of Education (read background).
In April 2015, the TDSB decided to defer the sale of the land and that it was now interested in receiving a proposal and feasibility plan from the TLC to create a community hub on the site. Following this, I redoubled my efforts to work with our partners and at the June 12, 2015 Toronto City Council Meeting, my motion on this was unanimously passed. City staff and resources will now be mobilized to work with the TDSB, the TLC, and other partners on this important community project. I look forward to seeing what could hopefully take shape in the months ahead.