New school and 30,000-square foot community hub planned for Bloor-Dufferin area

The province has committed to contributing $20 million toward the development of a new school and community hub at the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin streets.

The province is committing $20 million towards revitalizing the intersection's southwest corner

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter made the annoucement Thursday morning alongside the TDSB, Toronto Lands Corporation and the City of Toronto (CBC)

The province has committed to contributing $20 million toward the development of a new school and community hub on surplus TDSB land at the south-west corner of Bloor and Dufferin streets. 

TDSB chair Robin Pilkey says the project is the first of its kind. 

"This announcement is the result of an unprecedented level of cooperation between the TDSB, the Ontario government and the City of Toronto, who agreed to use surplus school land in a way that maximizes value and keeps supporting the community by bringing new services to its residents."

The province has proposed a 30,000-square foot community hub for the area, which will include licensed child care spaces. 

The city will work with the local community to gather input on how to structure the hub. 

"I look forward to working with the selected developer, local residents and our partners to ensure that this development fits within the character of the neighbourhood and contains the green space, community hub, child care, affordable housing and heritage preservation that our community expects," said Coun. Ana Bailao.

A replacement high school will also be built on the site of Brockton High School, which has been closed for a number of years. 

The proposed space will be the new home for the Bloor Collegiate Institute and Alpha II Senior Alternative School.

It will accommodate approximately 900 students. 

There is no date set yet for the start of construction.