Great News: Midtown Will Be Getting a Community Hub!

Years of hard work by our City Councillor, Josh Matlow, our TDSB Trustee, Shelley Laskin, staff at the City and TDSB, midtown community members and all of us at MidtownHub.ca have paid off!

Toronto City Council recently voted 31-4 in favour of a City staff recommendation that a Midtown Community Hub be built on the site of Davisville Jr. PS.

When it is completed, we will have a wonderful new recreational facility for our rapidly growing neighbourhood. The plan approved by City Council includes a swimming pool, a general use community room, underground parking under the school, a double gym in the school and rooftop greenspace, with a patio and walking path.

To see more about the city council decision, click here. For more detailed background information, view the City staff’s background report and a supplementary staff report to City Council.

Stay tuned for more updates! MidtownHub.ca members will continue to work on bringing even more facilities and programming to our booming community.

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Talking about Midtown Hub at Harvest Fair

Hundreds of Midtowners came by the Midtown Hub booth at the 2015 Mt. Pleasant Harvest Fair.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to talk about the wonderful opportunity we have to create a new community hub to serve our growing neighbourhood. And thanks to the many kids who painted and colored their vision for the Hub.

Midtown Hub member Tanya Murdoch captured some of the fun and conversation in the video below.

Midtown hub at harvest fair from tmurdoch on Vimeo.

Meet Midtown Hub members at the Mt. Pleasant Harvest Fair

The Mt. Pleasant Harvest Fair is an annual tradition in midtown Toronto.

The fair is today, Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Midtown Hub will be there! Drop by our booth right beside the Mt. Pleasant branch of the Toronto Public Library to talk with our members about what you would like to see in a new community hub in midtown.

Be sure to take our online survey as well (click here for the survey)

The 2015 Harvest Fair takes place on Mt. Pleasant between Eglinton and Davisville Avenues. Check out the sidewalk sales, food samples and more from our neighbourhood merchants.

Kids can enjoy balloons, tattoos, face painting, games and the always popular petting zoo.

Midtown Hub on CBC’s Metro Morning

After the release of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s action plan for community hubs, Midtown Hub was featured on CBC’s Metro Morning radio program.

Host David Common interviewed a member of Midtown Hub (John Hiddema) about the need for a community hub in midtown Toronto and the challenges of making it happen. The interview is available here.

Keep in touch with what’s happening with Midtown Hub! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and follow our blog for updates.

Ontario’s Action Plan for Community Hubs

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group released a report on August 10, 2015, intended to guide the creation of community hubs.

As the Premier’s news release says, community hubs are part of the Premier’s vision for making the province the best place to work, live and raise a family.

We think the Premier getting behind the development of community hubs is a great idea and look forward to the province becoming involved in the creation of Midtown Hub.

The Premier’s special advisor on community hubs, Karen Pitre, held consultations before preparing her report and the action plan. Ms. Pitre told the Globe and Mail, “Public property is scarce, especially in quickly-densifying urban areas like Toronto, and the working group heard countless times that it would be a mistake to sell off any of it without thinking it through.”

We couldn’t agree more – Midtown Toronto needs a community hub and we need to keep all of the Davisville Public school site for public use.