Great news for Parkdale Community!
At City Council this week, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The goal being to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner. A community hub for Parkdale.
There are currently, multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/ Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape. All of the facilities require significant state of good repair investments over the next 1 to 10 years. There is also pressure for a range of increased programing and services in the area, designated by City Council as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area.
Now that we have approval from City Council, the next step will be working with the Deputy City Managers to convene an inter-divisional agency table including: Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Toronto Public Library, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, City Planning, Economic Development and Culture, the Toronto Parking Authority, the Affordable Housing Office, Build Toronto, Toronto Public Health, Real Estate Services, and Social Development Finance and Administration.
This work will only succeed with community participation. Once the internal structure is in place, we will be brainstorming with the community on how to combine three city-owned properties into one large and vibrant community hub.
I am excited to share this information and to ask you to start thinking about what this opportunity means for Parkdale. My office will be in touch in the next few weeks to organize our first (of many) community meetings.
Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2