Bessarion Community Centre
A new, multi-use community centre, including childcare and a Toronto Public Library brand, is currently under construction in the Sheppard Avenue East and Bessarion Road area.
Bessarion Community Centre is situated within the footprint of the larger Concord Park Place residential redevelopment at 1001 Sheppard Avenue East. Concord Adex Investments Limited, through Section 37 and Section 42 agreements with the City, conveyed the property immediately south of the Bessarion TTC subway station to the City (Block 10, now known as 100 Woodsy Park Lane). The City is now developing this site as the Bessarion Community Centre. Concord Adex Investments Limited has also contributed funding to the City for some of the community centre cost.
Bessarion Community Centre Features
A 38,000 square foot recreation space that includes a double gymnasium with change rooms, an indoor running/walking track, a fitness studio, a weight room, multiple art rooms, a preschool room, a games room, a divisible community hall with a kitchen and several multi-purpose rooms of varying sizes.
A 27,000 square foot aquatic space that will include a 25m x 6 lane lap pool, a leisure pool with barrier-free ramp access (complete with various water play features) and a deck area with a public viewing gallery within the pool enclosure (for leisure swim and tot lessons).
Toronto Library Branch
A 13,000 square foot neighbourhood library branch.
A 6,400 square foot child care centre for 52 children designed to meet the requirements of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014. The space is complete with fun and interactive outdoor play areas.
The Toronto Parking Authority design will have 196 spaces for commercial operation by the Toronto Parking Authority.
Eastern Construction Company Limited awarded the construction contract in June 2018, and construction is currently under way. Construction of Bessarion Community Centre is expected to take approximately 3 years with completion anticipated in Fall 2021. The centre is anticipated to be open to the public shortly thereafter.
June 13, 2019 Update:
The City’s contractor continues with the remaining bulk excavation and remaining shoring lagging. Construction of foundation footings, starter walls, and basement columns at the south end of the future underground parking garage are in progress.
The design for the community centre was developed by incorporating feedback from community members and stakeholders received at town hall meetings held in 2013 through 2015.