Toronto has approved a $2 million renovation project to replace an office building on its west side with a bathroom that can accommodate up to 60 people.
The project will see an expanded space at 10 St. Clair Ave.
between the Lakeshore Centre and the Lakeside Park, the city’s main east-west boulevard.
It is one of six planned changes at the site of the former Metropolitan Toronto Hospital, which closed in the 1970s.
“We’re pleased to have this project on our side,” said City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who represents Ward 9.
“It’s going to create a really exciting environment for residents to live, work and play.”
She said the project would be built on the site where the hospital once stood, which is being replaced by the new building.
“We will be making a lot of noise about this, but it will be something that is going to be good for the community.”
Wong-Tam said the changes will also help with accessibility and make the neighbourhood a safer place to live.
The renovations are expected to take five years.
The city said the $2.5 million renovation will include replacing the former hospital’s main entrance and an office tower.
It is expected to cost $1 million per building.
The new structure will house the city centre’s recreation and entertainment centre and an outdoor theatre.
“This is a significant addition to the downtown core and one that will contribute to the economic vitality of the region,” said city manager Chris Lewis.
The renovated site will include a community hall, a grocery store, a bar, and a parking garage.
It will also include a new plaza and park.