City Council Decision on New 54/55 Site Location – Important First Step Towards Modernizing our Facilities
On Wednesday, January 31st, City Council approved the TTC property at Danforth and Coxwell for the new 54/55 police station. This is an important first step in changing the way our facilities will be designed as we continue to move forward in modernizing the Toronto Police Service. We are excited to bring forward opportunities to collaborate more effectively with our service delivery partners and believe that this new build will increase and allow for that to happen.
The Service will now continue to work with the City and other key stakeholders to move this project forward as quickly as possible.
Stay tuned for more on this exciting new development.
COMMUNITY UPDATE - DECEMBER 1, 2017
Thanks to all who participated in the community consultation on a site selection for a new D54/55 police station. Your feedback has been very helpful in assisting City staff to continue their analysis on the site selection process. The site selection process is not yet complete; City staff will be recommending a site in their report to Executive Committee in January, 2018.
City staff is working on a feedback tracking table that explains how community feedback has been considered. This communication will be shared with you in the coming week. Meanwhile, City Planning reviewed the feedback received from the community and developed a draft proposed list of principles in an effort to ensure a coordinated and good planning process moving forward.
The draft proposed principles will help inform the future planning of the new Police Station, once the site is selected. The draft proposed principles are based on feedback received during the ongoing Danforth Avenue Planning Study, from TPS community consultation participants, and the email received from representatives of DECA, DVCA, Friends of Danforth East, and DMBIA with questions around the Danforth TTC Garage site. The draft proposed principles are applicable to all three shortlisted sites.
City staff will include these principles in draft in the Staff Report that will proceed to an Executive Committee meeting in January, 2018. City staff will further recommend that these draft proposed principles be consulted on with community members as a starting point of public consultation process on the development of the TPS site, once the site is selected.
Principle 1: Utilize City-owned lands to provide a key City-building opportunity
Principle 2: Create a multi-functional site that will be home to various civic and employmentgenerating uses
Principle 3: Incorporate multiple public uses
Principle 4: Preserve and adaptively re-use existing heritage buildings
Principle 5: Provide employment opportunities
Principle 6: Development process to be led by meaningful community consultation
Principle 7: Align with other City-initiatives, studies, and policies
Principle 8: Appropriately integrate any final design within the existing neighbourhood context
Principle 9: Development to be guided by a fulsome planning process
Principle 10: Ensure universal accessibility
The City of Toronto and Toronto Police Service need your help in selecting a site for a new police station from a shortlist of three properties for a consolidated 54 & 55 Division.
The City of Toronto’s Real Estate Services division, in partnership with the Toronto Police Service and City Planning, has conducted a search for suitable properties for a new police station within the service areas of 54 Division and 55 Division. After evaluating a long list of properties through a set of criteria, a shortlist of the following three properties was identified:
- East York Civic Centre located at 850 Coxwell Avenue
- Danforth TTC Garage located at 1627 Danforth Avenue
- Current 55 Division police station located at 101 Coxwell Avenue
Toronto Police Service is working towards implementing a new modernized policing model for the City of Toronto that is innovative, sustainable and affordable. In February, 2017, the Toronto Police Service (the Service/TPS) adopted the Transformational Task Force’s report called Action Plan: The Way Forward as the Service’s business plan. Through this plan, the Service will produce a modernized policing model that will place communities at its core, optimize the use of resources and technology and embrace partnerships as a means of enhancing capacity and capability.
One of the 32 recommendations contained in the Action Plan is a phased redesign of the Service’s divisional structure and alignment of facilities. With all boundaries from the city map lifted, demand and work load modelling will be used to inform new boundaries and facility locations. Consolidation of D54 and D55 were identified as a priority based on this recommendation and the needs of the Service for better, more suitable police stations in some areas. The Action Plan also identifies public engagement as a vital part of the process of consolidation and selection of a new site for a modern police station.
GET IN TOUCH WITH US
If you have any questions or input you would like to share with the project team, please do not hesitate to connect with any of the following team members:
|Toronto Police Service
|Real Estate Services
Manager Development & Portfolio Planning
Senior Planner Community Planning