Council gives 'okay' to first gay-focused sports & rec centre

Only the Mayor and councillor James Pasternak were against the project

The 519 Church Street Community Centre

City councillors voted in favour of moving forward to build the city's first gay-focused sports and recreation centre.

At city council on Wednesday, only Mayor Ford and councillor James Pasternak voted against the project, which will cost $100-million.

Council has given the 'okay' for city staff to begin negotiating with Infrastructure Ontario to acquire the property for it. The hope is to have it located on Eastern Avenue at the former site of the Wheel and Foundry.

The 519 Church Street Community Centre proposed it and has already secured $33-million from an anonymous private donor. One-third of it will be funded by all three levels of government.

The facility will be open to everyone but according to a city report, it will establish  "an international best practice for LGBTQ engagement in recreation and offer a range of spaces for community activities and athletic program."

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015 and finish by 2017.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 12/20/2013 10:38 AM
    Yeah City Council....especially when the city is strapped for cash for more important projects other than this.
    Of course, because the Fords are against this, because it isn't priority, council votes the other way. How typical- Ford was right he muttered that they are corrupt....
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