Together with the Junction Commons Project Community Group, ERA Architects and Urban Metrics are working with the residents of Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood to envision and examine the feasibility of transforming a former police station into a community hub.
Division 11 of the Toronto Police Services recently relocated to an adapted 1913 schoolhouse designed by Stantec Architecture with ERA. The former facility, a 25,000 sq. ft. building, would have been sold for private development if not for the efforts of a group of Junction residents who asked the City to retain the building and consider its for the site of a community hub.
The Junction Commons Project has formed as a working group dedicated to transforming the site to provide new programs and services to the community. This year it was awarded a Trillium grant to conduct a feasibility study to assess potential uses for the site, taking into consideration various opportunities and constraints of the architecture, the needs of the neighbourhood, and a range of business criteria. ERA and urbanMetrics are working together with the community to produce this study.