This initiative has the potential to be a game-changer in the paradigm of creating affordable community space, taking the successful Pop Up infrastructure model from the commercial to the community sector. It will allow groups from 3 diverse communities to explore the potential for innovative community-public private partnerships to provide viable solutions in 3 inner-city suburbs - Mt Dennis, Humber Summit and Scarborough.
Residents in Weston Mount Dennis have been trying to find affordable community space for some time. Similarly, access to affordable programming space in Humber Summit is also limited, and many small community groups in Scarborough such as Scarborough Arts Council, Spoken Heard, Current and the African Canadian Heritage Association, are also looking for affordable, sustainable community space.
The cost of building is prohibitive for community partners in isolated, low-income communities who, while delivering valuable services, have limited access to resources. The average cost of a traditional new build is $200 per square ft. while the cost of builds using Pop Up infrastructure ranges from $50 to $100.
Our Transformational Approach to Re-inventing Community Space' has the potential to completely change the paradigm in the area of creating community space.
While community space is a core component of building healthy communities, access to such space has often been a challenge for low income communities because of the prohibitive costs involved. The use of pop-up infrastructure has largely been in commercial arenas and the serious exploration of these types of structures as a trans-formative approach to addressing the urgent need for community space has not taken place. With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Delta and Social Planning Toronto are key partners in exploring this option.
This initiative aims to shift the discourse of using pop-up infrastructure, explore the feasibility of creating community-public and private partnerships to provide affordable, accessible community space for residents, agencies and local entrepreneurs in low income communities. It will test the feasibility of establishing community and or shared community/local entrepreneurial space in three communities located in Toronto's inner suburbs, creating models which can be replicated and adapted by community organizations across the city.
This initiative is a collaborative involving several entities including, among others: Delta Family Resource Centre, the lead agency, is responsible for coordination of the community development component of the initiative Weston Mount Dennis ANC/Social Planning Toronto -- a key partner bringing planning expertise and supporting the community development function
The consultant(s) will work closely with the Delta staff team and the Steering Committee to conduct the feasibility study. The project will begin in November 2016 and will be completed in May 2017. Delta is an equal opportunity employer.