Keeping City Hall Accountable

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As a member of the Budget Committee since 2014, Councillor Justin Di Ciano has been very concerned about the way City Hall spends taxpayers money. As a result in 2016 Councillor Di Ciano initiated a Review of the Procurement Policies of the City of Toronto and doubled the Budget of The Auditor General to ensure end to end Audits.

Once the Report is completed we will share this most important information with you. Councillor Di Ciano has been tackling spending concerns since he was elected.

Justin continues to sit on the Budget Committee and has continuously asked the “hard” questions. These issues are complicated and involved but must be addressed. “Di Ciano, meanwhile, announced plans to double the budget of the city’s auditor general’s office, with hopes that with some $1 million more in funding will help identify ways to save money in the future.” – CBC Justin announces increase in Auditor budget

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[WATCH] CityNews Councillor Di Ciano advocating for better spending. 

The City’s Auditor made public in June of 2017 her intent on an Audit of Parks and Rec. Councillor Di Ciano will ensure that Procurement Procedure is included.

The WINNER of the Etobicoke Civic Centre International Design Competition Is…

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Councillor Justin Di Ciano, in partnership with Build Toronto, is ecstatic to announce

Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects as the winning design team!

 

This winning team has been selected from 4 finalists from the International Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition to design a new 46,500-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) Etobicoke Civic Centre as part of the six-hectare (14-acre) Westwood Theatre Lands redevelopment.

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Councillor Di Ciano Announces the WINNER of the Etobicoke Civic Centre International Design Competition

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Councillor Justin Di Ciano, in partnership with Build Toronto, is ecstatic to announce

Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects as the winning design team!

 

This winning team has been selected from 4 finalists from the International Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition to design a new 46,500-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) Etobicoke Civic Centre as part of the six-hectare (14-acre) Westwood Theatre Lands redevelopment.

Councillor Justin Di Ciano shared his vision for the 6 Points intersection re-design during the 2014 election. It was impossible to re-visit the road and development plans which were all approved after a ten year long exercise, however, the architecture and design could be world class!  Along with a new 2 acre park that was never in the plan, Councillor Di Ciano is pleased that his colleagues at City Council supported his direction to Build Toronto, in collaboration with the City of Toronto Planning and Real Estate Services, to undertake a design competition to the international level for the new Etobicoke Civic Centre proposed to be relocated to the former Westwood Theatre Lands.

 

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[PRESS RELEASE] Build Toronto Announces Winning Team Selected to Design New Etobicoke Civic Centre

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Build Toronto Announces Winning Team Selected to Design New Etobicoke Civic Centre

Adamson Associates Architects l Henning Larsen Architects l PMA Landscape Architects selected from the international design competition

TORONTO, ONTARIO – May 4, 2017 – Build Toronto, in partnership with the City of Toronto, announces Adamson Associates Architects, Henning Larsen Architects and PMA Landscape Architects as the winning design team selected from the Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition to design a new 46,500-square-metre (500,000-square-foot) Etobicoke Civic Centre as part of the six-hectare (14-acre) Westwood Theatre Lands redevelopment.

“The calibre of innovation and creativity of these international submissions was just fantastic. Choosing one winner was extremely difficult,” said Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale), Board Chair of Build Toronto and Chair of the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee. “This is a testament to what the successful collaboration between Build Toronto and the City’s Real Estate and Planning divisions can lead to in great urban design for what is sure to be a phenomenal new Etobicoke Civic Centre.”

 The winning design, developed by a partnership of architects from Toronto and Copenhagen, best satisfied the guiding principles established in the Request for Proposals, showing flexibility and an iconic design well suited for the community. 

“This proposal sensitively reinterprets its context of place and possesses a depth of design story beyond the skin of its built form. It showcases a unique ability to openly welcome and engage everyone in a setting that is both civic and communal,” said Gordon Stratford, Senior Vice President and Design Principal, HOK and the Jury Chair of the Etobicoke Civic Centre Design Competition. “On behalf of the jury, I would like to acknowledge all participating design teams and thank them for their considerable efforts in interpreting the competition brief and presenting thoughtful solutions for the integration of office, community hub and civic space. The calibre of submissions in this competition was remarkable.”

The five-member jury made the recommendation for this proposal based on its ability to meet four key concepts:

  • Environmental Sustainability – This proposal demonstrates an ability to achieve a net zero target, and the implementation of a progressive wellness standard for the future workforce occupying the new facility.
  • Flexibility – The design of interior and exterior public spaces and related programs enables a broad range and size of community activities. As well, the proposed office floor plate offers the greatest flexibility in support of achieving the City’s office modernization program.
  • Community Identity – This design builds its story upon the context and diversity of Etobicoke, creating an animated visual signature of “a place of many homes” that is both welcoming and dynamic. The resulting integrity of design concept will frame future neighbourhood growth with its distinctive landmark presence.
  • Pedestrian Scale – The design has sculpted a large program into a context-sensitive cascade of articulated smaller built forms and spaces, resulting in an inviting interior and exterior pedestrian scale and animated street presence. This approach also enables ease of phasing development over time. As well. the landscape architecture’s promise of a spectrum of public outdoor activity spaces has the potential to infuse the poetic yet pragmatic building design story throughout the site.

The new Etobicoke Civic Centre is composed of five program elements – municipal offices including gathering and civic function space, a community recreation centre, a Toronto Public Library district branch, a child care centre and an outdoor civic plaza. A new urban park, south of the civic plaza, will complement the outdoor civic function for new and existing residents.

“There is no civic initiative more important to the Etobicoke community than the redevelopment of the Westwood Theatre Lands. This exciting development will become the new heart of Etobicoke where residents can join together to celebrate civic, cultural and seasonal activities,” said Councillor Justin Di Ciano (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore) and Build Toronto Board Director. “I want to thank the professional and capable leadership of Build Toronto for their compassion and dedication to this project on behalf of Ward 5 residents.”

“We are very excited at the prospect of creating a new centre in the heart of the Etobicoke community with a number of new services and facilities for the community while at the same time providing a much improved, efficient, healthy and sustainable accommodation for staff,” said Josie Scioli, Toronto’s Chief Corporate Officer.

With the completion of the design competition, following City Council direction, Build Toronto will undertake a business case analysis that will closely examine the merits of a new build versus ongoing maintenance and operation of the existing civic centre. The business case will be presented to Council in fall 2017.

Catalyzed by the current Six Points Reconfiguration project that is urbanizing the area, Build Toronto was directed by the City of Toronto to facilitate a master planning exercise for the redevelopment of the Westwood Theatre Lands. This master planning exercise, completed in 2014, defined a pattern of streets, blocks, development sites and open spaces designed to encourage significant commercial office employment and residential growth in the area.

The new Etobicoke Civic Centre will be located within Etobicoke Centre, one of four vital mixed-use communities that were identified in the City’s Official Plan as being where the city’s rapid transit network, where jobs, housing and services are concentrated.

Images of the shortlisted team’s proposed design visions are available at http://bit.ly/2pFWMGp

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For more information, please contact:

 

Natalie Pastuszak

416-981-3759

npastuszak@buildtoronto.ca

Erin McGuey

Strategic Communications

416-392-9418

erin.mcguey@toronto.ca

 

Sign Councillor Di Ciano’s Petition to Support The Kingsway Ave. Study

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