Bortolotto worked with representatives of the Bedford Park community and the Toronto District School Board on a fast-tracked study to explore the possibility of accommodating a development on a school site and to evaluate the benefits and risks that would be available to the community, a seniors residents corporation, a church group and the TDSB.
The proposal for this urban project was to create an infill development integrating various public services that include seniors housing and a place of worship with key public services including a community centre comprised of a new 25 meter pool, full-size gymnasium, an option for a performance theatre and shared use of three multi-purpose rooms on the ground floor. As well, the proposal also recommends a small child care centre that could be leased out by the seniors residents corporation as a revenue stream. This centre would address child care space needs in the community.
Keeping the Seniors in the community is important as many aging families are looking to remain within this neighbourhood, but with less living space and upkeep than their current homes. Bedford Park Public School site has been identified by members of the neighbourhood as a viable site for the seniors project. The higher density project is suitable as it is located adjacent to similar projects in use and density and is located near Yonge St just north of Lawrence Ave.
Toronto District School Board
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