Item - 2024.EX15.6

Tracking Status

  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on June 18, 2024. The Executive Committee postponed consideration of this item. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the deferral.

EX15.6 - Proposed Land Lease for the Somali Centre for Culture and Recreation

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Deferred
Ward:
2 - Etobicoke Centre

Committee Decision

The Executive Committee:

 

1.  Deferred consideration of the Item until the July 16, 2024 meeting of the Executive Committee to allow for further consultation and consideration regarding the Somali Centre for Culture and Recreation with the local community, Somali community and City staff. 

Origin

(June 4, 2024) Report from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management

Summary

The purpose of this report is to provide an update to City Council on the non-binding discussions between CreateTO, City staff and the principals of the Somali Centre for Culture and Recreation (the "SCCR") regarding a proposed land lease (the "Land Lease") for a portion of City-owned 30 Mulham Place (the "Subject Property") and to obtain authority thereof. The Subject Property, also known as Buttonwood Park, is a 4.3 hectare (10.63 acres) park near Royal York Road and Eglinton Avenue West featuring an outdoor artificial ice rink (operating as tennis courts in the off-season), a children's playground, large open green space and mature trees.

 

At the direction of City Council, CreateTO, in consultation with City staff, and the SCCR have completed a feasibility study to identify potential sites for a proposed community centre and are recommending advancing the Subject Property as the site for the proposed development, which will serve the community as a whole, while providing a focus on serving the Somali community in particular.

 

The Somali community has been working for decades to identify a location in order to build a new community centre with the goal to address the gap in services available to the broader Somali community. The Subject Property provides a location near, and accessible to, much of Toronto's Somali population and can also be developed to service local community recreation needs. Through this opportunity, the City will require programs, services, and facilities that appeal to and be available to the broader public. This would be secured through a Community Access Agreement which will work as a companion document to the Land Lease. Equity deserving communities confront difficulties in terms of travel time to access vital services, a lack of recreational services, neighbourhood improvement projects, and affordable spaces for community and cultural events. The proposed community centre will be a valuable resource to improve vital services to all communities in the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Background Information

(June 4, 2024) Report and Attachments 1-2 from the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management on Proposed Land Lease for the Somali Centre for Culture and Recreation
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-246365.pdf

Communications

(June 12, 2024) E-mail from Adam Rodgers (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Salman Mohamed (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Michael Gagliardi (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Randal DeVenney (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Jessica Ferrari (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Mary Eadie (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Giuseppe Scoleri (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Mike Tkach (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Abdullahi Sabriye (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Rita McParland (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Elena Clements (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Jim Maclean (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from David Weinkauf (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Roger Parisee (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Rita and Ricco Raffa (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Olivia Gagliardi (EX.Supp)
(June 14, 2024) E-mail from Guy DAmbrosio (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Giulio Cancel (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) Multiple Communications from 547 Individuals (from June 16, 2024 to June 18, 2024) (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ex/comm/communicationfile-180741.pdf
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Peter Rozanec (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Sahal Abdi (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Emil Soliman (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Omar Khan (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Myra Khan (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Maryan Miganeh (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Robert Bula (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Lia Love (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Celeste Mendes (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Lida Gic (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Roman Gic (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Tracie Napoli, Co-chair, Friends of Silver Creek (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ex/comm/communicationfile-180781.pdf
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Uliana Gic (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Edward Over (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Paul Natale (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Michael Massarotto (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Faduma Ali (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Blair Gordon (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Marion Zur (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Claude Harari (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) Letter from Jennifer Alexander, Editor/Writer, The Etobicoke Voice (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ex/comm/communicationfile-180794.pdf
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Rick Indris (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Elise Dertinger (EX.Supp)
(June 16, 2024) E-mail from Carlos Menezes (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Nancy Roper (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Alex and Daniel Medeiros (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Jory Platt (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Trevor Parker (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Robert Malloch (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Hamdi Ali (EX.Supp)
(June 15, 2024) E-mail from Angela Molinari (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Kealy Wharram (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Olena Volik (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Anna Katsaros (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Lorna Blumen (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Andrea Ott (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) Letter from Barry Morrison (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Kale Hudolin (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Sonia Katyal (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Scott Elsey (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Steve Skradski (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Joan DiPoce (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Maria Galati Matar (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Gia Dejulio (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Maria Galati Matar (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Anne Anderson (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Nigel Carvalho (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) Letter from Christina Manulak, Buttonwood Hill Residents Association (EX.Supp)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2024/ex/comm/communicationfile-180732.pdf
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Luciano Iaboni (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Lara Armour (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Stephanie Penello (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Mark Matar (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Sagal Shuriye (EX.Supp)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Sonia Pace (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) Letter from Hassan Mohamud (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Laura Cooney (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Laura Colacci (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Paul Rufo (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Jennifer Strtak (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Derek C (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Andrea MacKenzie (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Orysia Sozanski (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Christian Martinuzzi (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Mark Hilson (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Fiona Campbell (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Michael Tatarsky (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Anna Ferrara (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) Letter from Danuta Wasylenko (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Ricardo DiCiocco (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Lina DiCiocco (EX.New)
(June 17, 2024) E-mail from Andrew Ferrara (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Silvio Marsili (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Ayan Bashir (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Bilane Mousse (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Adriano Sanguigni (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Myra Khan (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Ariana Pokhyla (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Toby Glanville (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Jennifer Marsden (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Neil Leach (EX.New)
(June 18, 2024) E-mail from Carina Vincent (EX.New)

Speakers

Zakaria Abdulle
Fuad Abdi
Markus de Domenico, Trustee Ward 2 - Etobicoke Centre and Vice Chair, Toronto Catholic District School Board
Pauline Saliba
Zakerie Farah
Mohamed Hassan, Canadian Center for Community Advancement (3ca)
Kizito Bijyinama Musabimana, Rwandan Canadian Healing Centre (RCHC)
Anne Anderson, The Humber Valley Village Residents Association
Celeste Mendes
Christine Manulak, Buttonwood Hill Residents Association
Kulsoom Anwer Shaikh
Maria Galati
Jory Platt
Volodymyr Sivkov
Councillor Stephen Holyday

Motions

1 - Motion to Defer Item moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Carried)

That consideration of the item be deferred until the July 16, 2024 meeting of the Executive Committee to allow for further consultation and consideration regarding the Somali Centre for Culture and Recreation with the local community, Somali community and City staff. 

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council