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Wallace Emerson Park, Community Centre, and Child Care Centre at Galleria

The Reimagine Galleria project includes the revitalization of the Wallace Emerson Community Centre that will expand the existing centre to 75,000 ft2 and contain a new childcare centre. BA Group was on the project team providing functional design input for the parking, circulation, site access, loading, bicycle, and pedestrian elements. In addition, our role was to ensure the transportation elements of the development plan were consistent with good design practices and satisfied municipal site plan approval.

Photo of Wallace Emerson ParkImage courtesy of Perkins + Will  

Bessarion Community Centre

MJM Architects retained BA Group as part of the City of Toronto’s project team planning for Bessarion Community Centre and Library. The centre will be utilized for children’s services, a library, and recreation facilities, including aquatics.  BA Group’s initial role was to prepare a transportation study for the project and develop a recommendation for how much vehicular parking was appropriate to support the various community programming and library function. The proposed parking supply will be operated as a public parking garage operated by the Toronto Parking Authority.

More recently BA Group has continued to support MJMA on the transportation related design details including working with City Staff to confirm an appropriate traffic and parking signage for the adjacent street that will accommodate the many different user groups such as pick-up/drop-off for the facility, TTC, and waste and recycling pickup.

Photo of Bessarion Community CentreImage courtesy of MJMA

George Street Revitalization

BA Group has been providing transportation advisory services related to the City of Toronto’s planned George Street Revitalization/Seaton House Redevelopment project since 2015. The existing Seaton House is a 634-bed shelter for homeless men in downtown Toronto. The envisioned development will replace the existing shelter with a new community focused housing project that will deliver many different type of housing and care needs for vulnerable people in the City of Toronto. Planned uses include emergency shelter beds, long terms care beds, assisted living beds, affordable housing units, and a planned community hub space.

BA Group initially was part of the consulting team that prepared the Transportation Study for the Zoning By-law amendment process and has since continued to work on the project as a member of the Planning, Design, and Compliance (PDC) team to define the transportation related program requirements of the project with input from the various City of Toronto program user groups.

Photo of the George Street RevitalizationImage courtesy of Montgomery Sisam Architects