Saturday, November 1, 2008

Artscape Wychwood Barns set to open this month

This is a terrific project that's happening in my neighbourhood. The Wychwood Barns were used for decades by the Toronto Transit Commission to repair, clean and test streetcars. The site was taken out of commission at least 25 years ago. Here's what the site looked like for years.


Under the political leadership of my councillor, Joe Mihevc, and with support from community groups and the community large, City Council, various city departments, the provincial and federal governments, Artscape, The Stop and many others, the barns have been transformed into a multi-use site including artist studios, residences, an indoor greenhouse and other community space including a weekly farmer's market, office space for non-profits and a theatre space. Four of five acres are green parkland. Here's an artist's conception of the final product.

After (I'll post a pic when I can find one)

This project has a lot of green features including geothermal heating and cooling.

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