After a comprehensive due diligence process, the City of Toronto will no longer be acquiring this property. The decision not to proceed with the acquisition is a reflection of information gained during the City’s diligence review of the site, including building condition assessments and environmental assessments. It was determined that the City would not be able to proceed with the renovation and activation of the site within the Council approved budget and project timeline required for the acquisition. Please note that the early community engagement had no bearing on the decision to not move forward on the site.
A full update on the cancellation will be available for review. The reports resulting from the early engagement activities will be published shortly. While this project will no longer be going forward, the City will continue to actively work with Councillor Grimes to search for appropriate shelter sites across the City. We hope that this was just the beginning of our conversations and look forward to working together with the New Toronto community again in the future.
A community engagement plan was proactively developed ahead of schedule for this site to ensure the community is informed of the planned use of the site, and is able to provide early feedback on any key issues. The early engagement plan also aimed to learn about local service needs, to identify possibilities for collaboration and partnership, and to understand services of key stakeholders. This community engagement process was a little different from the City’s usual engagement process as it is happening before the site purchase is closed. Councillor Mark Grimes brought forward a motion for early engagement, unanimously approved at Council.
This report is a summary of early community engagement activities implemented from mid-September to early December 2020. It is a report outlining activities undertaken in the Early Community Engagement process, which took place as a result of Councillor Mark Grimes’ Council motion of July 28, 2020. This report includes community feedback and recommendations for the 2950 & 2970 Lake Shore Boulevard West proposed shelter and/or affordable housing site.
Thank you to everyone who participated in and watched the information session on Tuesday, October 20. The presentation, meeting summary and video recording are available for reference. While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this site. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, drawings, or any other content, please contact us.
A Community Safety Walk took place on Saturday, October 24. Due to public health guidance around COVID-19, participation was limited to approximately 15 people representing various community resident groups and organizations.