November 11, 2013
Community centre study moves ahead in the Junction neighbourhood!
A collaborative grant for a feasibility study on 209 Mavety St. was officially launched on November 8th in front of 209 Mavety St. The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) provided the funding through a joint application from the Junctions Commons Project (JCP) and Silver Circle – West Toronto Services for Seniors (SC-WTSS)
In 2011, the Toronto Police Service Division 11 moved from its former location at 209 Mavety Street to a new facility. This unoccupied two-story building is approximately 60 years old and 25, 000 square feet. In the latter part of 2012, a group of residents grabbed the opportunity to talk to the community about the future of the former Division 11 building. They formed the JCP to help focus their efforts with the intent of converting the building into a community space that provides area residents a place to meet, work, play and participate in various community activities.
The Photo-Op marked the official launch of the OTF funded feasibility study and to bring all levels of government together in their support of this project
“I would like to recognize the province for keeping the money flowing into our communities and West Toronto Services for Seniors for supporting this local initiative.”
Cheri DiNovo MPP Parkdale – High Park
From Left to Right: Lynn Bishop – JCP taskforce, Brent Potts – Board member SC-WTSS, Thom Burger – Executive Director SC-WTSS, Jonah Schein – MPP Davenport, Peggy Nash – MP Parkdale High Park, Cheri DiNovo – MPP Parkdale High Park, Graeme Stewart – ERA Architects, Sarah Doucette – City Councillor Ward 13, Peter Thoma – Partner in Urbanmetrics Inc.
“This is the best kind of community project, where the community is on board from the beginning. We need more public spaces for people to come together that are accessible and affordable and open to the community.”
Jonah Schein MPP Davenport
UrbanMetrics Inc, lead by area resident Peter Thoma, have been retained to lead the feasibility study and are already beginning to consult with the Junction community to assess the various services and activity needs and gaps in the area.
Work is already under way to consult with the Junction community to assess the various services and activity needs and gaps in the area. Individuals can participate in an online survey through
” I’ve been very impressed with the outreach to the community and the dedication of the Junctions Commons Project group.”
Sarah Doucette, City Councillor Ward 13
“The Ontario Trillium Foundation funding is so significant. We needed someone with quite a breadth of experience to lead the study, and getting the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation allows us to hire this expertise which in turn means we can leverage the incredible volunteer energy in this neighbourhood for good purpose.”
Lynn Bishop, JCP Taskforce
“Kudos to the Junction Commons Project a group of engaged community members who care about their neighbourhood… and then using the levels of government- municipal, provincial and federal, to make the vision happen.”
Peggy Nash, MP Parkdale – High Park