Plans

Wabash Green Feasibility Study

Wabash Green Community Centre Feasibility Study, 2009, Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth Architects in joint venture

The current vision for the Wabash Community Centre and Sorauren Park Master Plan is encapsulated in the 2009 “Wabash Green Feasibility Study,” authored by Oleson Worland_Taylor Smyth Architects in joint venture, published by the City of Toronto with generous support from the City and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

The comprehensive report received much community input at various stages. It also built on previous work, especially a 2003 study on the feasibility of converting the existing, abandoned 40,000 sq. ft. linseed oil mill building into a community centre.

The vision is exciting. It not only calls for a modern, LEED-rated construction, but also for a beautiful space using the old building. It would deliver standard community centre amenities (though not a pool), while maximizing the building’s existing layout to include things such as a third-floor event space with roof terrace to generate revenue.

The Wabash (Parkdale) Community Centre currently sits in the City’s Capital Plan for 2017-2020, after many years of delays, largely due to amalgamation.

In the meantime, the WBS’s “baby steps” approach has led to the successful development of other parts of the Wabash property, including the Sorauren Fieldhouse (2008) and soon, the Town Square, in the vacant space between the Fieldhouse and the linseed factory. The WBS’s current campaign is focused on the Town Square.

Town Square showing market layout, by The Planning Partnership

Town Square showing market layout, by The Planning Partnership

Help us build the Wabash Community Centre by donating to current campaigns and adding your voice.

Below are some of the images and plans from the 2009 report (note the current Town Square plan — see above — has changed somwhat from the earlier plans below).

Bird-eye view of the Wabash Community Centre and Town Square, looking south-east

View of the Town Square and Wabash Community Centre, looking east along Wabash Avenue

Gym on basement level of Wabash Community Centre

Interior view from ground-floor level down to basement level

Basement floor plan. North is up, Wabash Avenue along south side

Ground floor plan with entrances off Wabash Avenue and small parking lot on east side

Second floor plan

Third floor plan with event space and roof terrace. Separate entrance off elevator and staircase by the chimney

Sorauren Park Master Plan… the final destination!

2 thoughts on “Plans

  1. the green space on the roof is fantastic but i’m sad to see that so much area around the proposed centre will be paved/tiled and largely devoid of gardens. the square looks really sterile with all that concrete. why so much pavement?

    • Hi Megh,
      Thanks for your comments. Not exactly sure which picture you’re looking at… if it’s the oblique bird’s eye view of the community centre, the town square area shown in that diagram is not the current design we are working with. Our current design is much greener and you can see it on this page:
      http://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/help-build-the-new-town-square-2/

      It includes 31 new trees, green spaces and gardens. That said, that diagram, too, is not necessarily the final design. The final design will likely be prepared spring 2013 when the City issues design and construction tenders (as planned), and there will be more opportunity for input.

      It’s worth noting the hard-surface area in the current design is permeable. And there are some legitimate needs for some hard-surface area, e.g. performance space, hard surface for Farmers’ Market (better in the rain than the mud), etc.

      But it’s a balancing act and all input is welcome!

      -Doug Bennet, Chair, WBS

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