Oakville, Ontario’s Town Council has endorsed a site master plan for the redevelopment of the former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, a $54 million-dollar project.
“It is important for Council that our plan for the hospital lands reflect the needs and wishes of local residents,” said Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton. “We appreciate the thoughtful insight provided by community members throughout this consultation process, which has helped staff draft a plan that Council can fully support.”
A financial overview of the project received by Town Council estimates the cost for the entire project, including demolition, parking garage enhancements, and community centre development to be approximately $54 million. Town reserves are a primary funding source for this project. The sale of lands not used for a community centre or park is intended to replenish funding used from the reserve. This strategy is one way to ensure sufficient funding for other large, long-term projects across the town in the future.
Demolition contractors will begin site preparation this summer. The overall demolition and site remediation will take approximately 12 months to complete. The architectural/general contractor team responsible for the community centre will be selected in early July. The process of design will begin shortly afterwards. The development of the new community centre will begin in late 2018 with an opening scheduled for fall 2020.
A number of Planning Act approvals will also be necessary in order for the redevelopment of the site to proceed including official plan and zoning amendments, and draft plan of subdivision/site plan approvals. Amendments to the town’s Official Plan and Zoning By-law will be subject to the statutory planning process and a public meeting is expected in the fall with proposed Official Plan updates by the end of 2017.
Residents from across Oakville were invited to share their thoughts on three proposed land use concepts for the overall site. All three land use concepts include a community centre, a park, and residential development, but the arrangement was slightly different in each option.
There was no clear decision from public consultation, but the Council-endorsed former Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital Site Master Plan includes:
- A residential area that complements the existing neighbourhood and maintains the character of the community as intended in the official plan.
- A civic area that consolidates the community centre and parkland along Reynolds Street, the busiest street bounding the site.
- A seniors-oriented housing area, which could range from independent seniors-living to assisted care.
“What residents made clear during the consultation process is that the former hospital and high school played a critical role in anchoring and contributing to the neighbouring community’s identity,” added Burton. “As such, the final master plan reflects the idea of maintaining that legacy for years to come.”
More details are available online.