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June 17, 2004
Renovations on the 519 Community Centre unveiled
  
The City of Toronto and the 519 Community Centre invite you to a groundbreaking
ceremony on Monday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. to mark the beginning of the new
wing's construction and the renovation of the existing structure.

"We're thrilled to break ground on the desperately needed expansion to the 519
Community Centre," says 519 Capital Campaign Chair Salah Bachir. Mr. Bachir, a
successful Toronto businessman and philanthropist, spearheaded the effort to
expand and renovate the community centre by personally donating $750,000
towards the project. "The 519 embodies what I love about life in Toronto. It
represents tolerance and acceptance. Whoever walks through its doors is
welcomed and treated with respect and dignity."

For more than 25 years, the 519 Community Centre - known to the community as
"the 519" - has provided a home for hundreds of programs, social groups and
events. In 2002, more than 163,000 people visited the 519, and more than 260
diverse groups booked space. It is one of the most diverse, innovative and
utilized community centres in North America.

"The 519 plays a vital role in the health and identity of our neighbourhood.
Proof of its success is in the need for this expansion, which will allow the
519 to continue to respond to the needs of our community," said Toronto City
Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale). Councillor Rae will join
sponsors, donors, patrons, volunteers, 519 staff and the community to celebrate
this historic occasion. The ceremony will take place on the site of the new
building at 519 Church St.

The world-renowned Kohn Shnier architectural firm is overseeing the renovations
- a process that will both preserve the building's historical form (it was the
original Granite Club) and allow for modern facilities. The renovations will
include modernizing the building's design, engineering a wheelchair accessible
ramp, enlarging the front lobby area, and many more improvements.

Two of Canada's most dynamic and sought-after designers have joined forces to
co-ordinate the building's interior. The 519 is thrilled to have Brian
Gluckstein of Gluckstein Design Planning and Anna Simone of Ciccone-Simone on
board.

Media contacts:
Shawn Coppen, 416-539-8800 ext. 239, scoppen@fpmedia.ca
Alison Kemper, Executive Director, The 519 Community Centre,
416-392-6784 ext. 103



 

 

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