ULI Toronto’s First TAP Program
The ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) was organized to provide advice and assistance to the City-wide Weston 2021 Initiative, and specifically to examine the economic feasibility of the charrette development proposals for the Village of Weston. The TAP Report was part of the Weston 2021 Initiative and was attached to the Weston 2021 Revitalization Report that was approved by City Council on March 5, 2012.
The TAP recommended a series of community / City initiatives, that would promote the revitalization of Weston by positively enhancing the community’s image and attracting private investment. Since the TAP process was completed a number of Weston community initiatives have proceeded:
1. John Street: In October, 2011 The City of Toronto Planning Division and Metrolinx applied to ULI for an Urban Innovations Grant for the Revitalization of the John Street area based on the recommendations from the TAP Report. In December 2011, the John Street Revitalization/ Streetscape Plan was selected to receive $23,750 as part of the ULI 75th Anniversary Urban Innovation Fund Grant! With contributions from the City of Toronto and Metrolinx this will inject between $75,000 and $85,000 to kick-start the initiative.
2. Community Arts Centre: The “Green P” parking lot on 16 John Street, has been identified by City staff and the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA), as a redevelopment site that could be the location of aCreative/ Cultural Hub. On February 21, 2012 the TPA with assistance from the City of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office, issued an RFP for a mixed commercial and residential redevelopment. The proposed structure would contain live / work spaces for creative / cultural artists, commercial spaces for retail uses / cultural organizations and community spaces that would provide public access to cultural programming and to the Weston Farmer’s Market, year round. The RFP closed on March 21, 2012.
3. GO/Metrolinx Station Master Plan and Air Rail Link (ARL): Work on the Station Master Plan site at Lawrence Avenue West and Weston Road is currently underway. Phase 1 of this development will include a temporary station building, landscaped parking lot, a landscaped stair/seating area/plaza to Lawrence Avenue West and a pedestrian bridge connecting the station site over Lawrence Ave to South Station Street. Planning for future phases is also underway.
4. The John Street Bridge: Members of the public reviewing material at the March 3 public engagement session. The John Street Pedestrian Bridge Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met on January 12 to review six concepts submitted by designers. The committee selected their preferred four design concepts to present to the community for feedback. GO Transit and the CAClaunched a Public Consultation beginning February 27 which included a public meeting on March 3 to present the four preferred concepts to the community. Over 65 residents attended to review the story boards and speak with the designers. You still have some time to submit your feedback before the March 31 deadline. After the consultation period ends, the CAC will meet to review the community input and make a final recommendation for their preferred design to GO Transit. (as seen on theGO Transit Website.)