Ontario to build elementary school in Toronto condo
By Adam FreillConstruction Institutional
Partnership with municipality and developer to deliver Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School in high-density development.
The Ontario government is investing $44 million to build the new Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School within a new mixed-use condominium project, providing more student accommodation for the lower Yonge and waterfront neighbourhoods.
The project, stated Minister of Education Stephen Lecce and Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma, will create 455 student spaces as part of the government’s commitment to building modern, accessible and technologically connected schools for Ontario youth.
The project is being built in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board and Menkes Developments. A podium school, it is believed that the project could be replicated as an innovative solution to meet the needs of working families in urban and high-density environments.
“With many families living in condos and high-density urban communities, we believe their children deserve access to modern and safe schools in the hearts of their communities,” said Minister Lecce. “I am proud to deliver this progressive urban school within a high-density condominium project. This innovative partnership will provide access for young families to a state-of-the-art school in the heart of Toronto.”
“The new Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School will be a great new addition to our city and will provide much-needed space for students,” said Toronto Mayor, John Tory. “We know that in a growing city like Toronto, we need unique and creative approaches to creating important public spaces like schools. This new project between the provincial government and Menkes Development will bring the school right into the community at a new mixed-use condominium. If we want to build up this city and our neighbourhoods, we need to ensure that residents have access to all the services they need, including schools. This is one example of how we will achieve this.”