The Junction Commons Project Task Force and Ryerson University School of Interior Design Present: Ryerson Students Envision a Community Hub at 209 Mavety
at: Community Junction, 2934 Dundas Street West
June 3-10, 2013
Opening June 3, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
On June 3, the Junction Commons Project will become a bit more concrete, with the unveiling of 19 separate visioning projects for the reuse of the former home of the Toronto Police Service’s 11 Division headquarters at 209 Mavety Street.
The vacant, city-owned building has been the focus of the Junction Commons Project Task Force since last year. The Task Force’s ultimate goal is to transform the former police station into a community hub.
In January, the Ryerson University School of Interior Design partnered with the Junction Commons Project in a creative collaboration: 19 students were individually focused on proposals for the reuse of 209 Mavety St. as a vital community hub for the Junction. Initial research on the historical, social, and economic makeup of the Junction was followed by a design phase in which the building comes to life in service of the community.
On June 3rd the Ryerson students, professor Taymoore Balbaa and the Junction Commons Project Task Force will unveil the visioning projects to the community. The Task Force hopes these thought-provoking projects will help to spark a community dialogue about the future of 209 Mavety Street.
The building, located at 209 Mavety Street, near the Keele-Dundas intersection, has sat vacant for more than 18 months. The former police station is approximately 60 years old and measures 25,000-sq.ft.
The Junction Commons Project Task Force is eager to engage the Junction community as a whole in a conversation about the possibilities for the future use of this publicly owned space. A feasibility study, including broad community consultation, is forthcoming.
The Junction Commons Project was initiated last year by concerned local residents, with the goal of creating a locally run community hub that could host community
arts, culture, health and wellness programming, office space for local non-profit
organizations and small businesses incubators.
“The Junction has a strong history of community engagement and organization,”
said Kim Jackson of the JCP. “We want to have a conversation with our fellow residents
to ensure that the level of community space and programming keeps pace with the
rapid pace of growth the neighbourhood is experiencing.”
The Junction Commons Project task force has taken inspiration from such local,
community-driven initiatives as the Wychwood Barns, the Wabash Building Society,
Wychwood Barns, STOP Community Food Centre, Evergreen Brick Works, PARC,
and Masaryk-Cowan, as well as social enterprises like the Centre for Social
Innovation and programming spaces like the Academy of the Impossible.