A new, multi-use community centre, including childcare and a Toronto Public Library branch, is currently under construction in the Sheppard Avenue East and Bessarion Road area.

Project Timelines

  • June 2018: construction contract awarded
  • Summer 2018: construction underway
  • Fall 2022: expected completion
  • Winter 2022/Early 2023: open to the public

The timeline is subject to change.

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.

Consultation

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.

Bessarion Community Centre Features

Recreation

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.

Aquatics

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.

Child Care

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.

Parking

The Toronto Parking Authority design will have 196 spaces for commercial operation by the Toronto Parking Authority.

March 2021

The contractor continues with the building structure, sequencing work at the south end of the building first with work on the north end following a bit behind.  The contractor currently has completed the roof structure to the south end of Level 3, and has commenced installing the Level 3 structural columns at the north end (Gymnasium).  Mechanical and electrical rough-in work has been underway for some time in the underground garage levels.  The work done to date represents approximately 49% of the construction contract work completed.

There has been some schedule slippage attributable to the impact of the COVID-19 construction industry shutdown and related reductions in labour efficiency and supply challenges. Substantial Performance of the contract is now expected in Q2 or Q3 2022, with completion expected by the beginning of Q4 2022 – ready for City staff to start occupying the building around that time. The centre is anticipated to be open to the public a few weeks following that (sometime during winter 2022/early 2023).  This schedule may be improved upon if everything goes as per schedule and will be revisited closer to substantial completion (Q2 or Q3 2022) when the project is further advanced.


September 2020

The contractor is nearing completion of the three-storey underground parking garage concrete structure, with construction more advanced at the south end of the building and the work at the north end following closely behind. The contractor has formed the Level 1 ground floor slab at the south end and is working to complete the P1 Level at the north end (basement mechanical rooms). This represents approximately 35% of the contract work completed.

There have been some schedule slippage attributable to the COVID-19 delay. The contractor’s most recent schedule indicates Substantial Performance of the contract is expected for the end of Q4 2021, and completion expected by the beginning of Q2 2022 – ready for City staff to start occupying the building around that time. The centre is anticipated to be open to the public a few weeks following that (sometime within Q2 2022).

December 3, 2019

The contractor continues with the construction of the P3 level basement garage concrete walls and columns, the P3 level basement garage concrete slab on grade and the P2 level basement garage suspended concrete floor slab, starting at the south and progressing northward. Installation of underground drains and buried ducts continues. The contractor is 22% complete the contract work by construction value. There has been some schedule slippage due to weather-related lost construction days.

September 23, 2019

The contractor continues with foundation footings, starter walls, and P3 level basement columns which were started at the south end and are progressing northward. Installation of underground drains has started.