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December 1, 2008
Council gives George Brown College waterfront campus green light
  
City Council approved Waterfront Toronto’s proposal today to lease waterfront lands to George Brown College in the City’s East Bayfront area. The new campus will house the college’s Centre for Health Sciences including nursing, dental, fitness and lifestyle programs, a 500-bed student residence and under ground parking. The plan also includes a proposal for a recreational facility.

The East Bayfront is located south of Queens Quay East between Jarvis and Parliament Streets. The new George Brown College waterfront campus will be situated at the foot of Lower Sherbourne Street, next to the future Sherbourne Park.

The City will enter a 103 year ground lease with George Brown College, consisting of an initial four-year design and construction period followed by a 99-year term. Details on construction and development of the campus are set out in agreements between Waterfront Toronto, as revitalization lead with responsibility for the overall coordination of waterfront projects and infrastructure, and George Brown College, as builder and future owner of the campus buildings.

"The City of Toronto is delighted to be a partner with George Brown College for this exciting project," said Mayor David Miller. "A post-secondary education facility is an ideal use for these lands. It will take us a step closer to realizing the City's waterfront revitalization goals by providing year-round public access to a vibrant lake shore while meeting the objectives of Toronto's Agenda for Prosperity by offering employment opportunities and economic growth."

“George Brown College is Toronto’s downtown college and it is a perfect partner for revitalizing Toronto’s waterfront,” said Waterfront Toronto President John Campbell. “We are thrilled that Council has approved the lease of this land to George Brown College for its new Health Sciences Centre as it lays the groundwork for other knowledge based industries to join the East Bayfront community.”

“We are delighted that Council has demonstrated its belief in a project that is so important to the city’s future and that we can move ahead with our third major campus,” said Anne Sado, President of George Brown College. “This new campus is fundamental to helping us better support the career aspirations of students across the GTA and meeting employers’ growing demand for workplace-ready graduates. We plan on making George Brown College a centerpiece of the Waterfront rejuvenation, bringing the area alive with a showpiece of academic excellence and student energy.”

The total estimated cost of the project is $190 million and the campus is projected to attract more than 3,500 students. Academic facilities will be funded by the Government of Ontario and George Brown College. The college will seek out private partners to jointly finance, build and operate the student residence and recreation facility. Waterfront Toronto and George Brown College will each provide 50 per cent of the funding for the underground parking.

Remaining planning and building permit approvals will be finalized over the next 12 months as the college gears up for construction. Construction is slated to begin late in 2009.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Don Wanagas Office of the Mayor, City of Toronto 416-338-7134
Elaine Baxter-Trahair, Waterfront Secretariat, City of Toronto, 416-397-4083
Marisa Piattelli, Waterfront Toronto, 416-214-1344 ext. 233
Paul Zanettos, George Brown College, 416-415-5000 ext. 3428


 

 

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