TORONTO — The York University and Seneca College Markham Centre Campus project is moving ahead despite the province pulling $127 million in funding for the build.
York and Seneca’s joint bid was approved by the provincial government in May 2015, however, the project was among several the province cancelled funding for in October.
Partners have been working to see if the project can go ahead and a bid was recently put out for a new education facility, which will be located in Unionville in the City of Markham.
According to ConstructConnect Canada’s project reports, it would be a 445,755-square-foot, 10-storey above grade, two-storey below grade campus to serve an estimated 4,000 students, with the potential to accommodate up to 10,000 students in future phases.
It will be developed on about five acres of land contributed by the City of Markham, north of Highway 407 near the corner of Enterprise Boulevard, Rivis Road and the Markham Pan Am Centre.
“The $252-million Markham Centre Campus project is already well underway, with the design and development planning phase completed. The procurement process to secure a construction firm is nearing completion and construction was set to begin later this fall,” said Rhonda Lenton, president and vice chancellor of York University, and David Agnew, president of Seneca College, in a joint statement issued Oct. 23, 2018.
“We have worked closely with our external partners — including the City of Markham, York Region, the provincial government and private-sector partners — to take the necessary steps to ensure the campus would be ready to welcome students into a suite of leading-edge, entrepreneurial and career-oriented programs in fall 2021.”
On Oct. 26 the main Markham Centre Campus partners met to further discuss the project and issued the following statement: “We remain equally committed to this vitally important project and to working together as we explore all possible options to build the campus. In the coming weeks, we will be reviewing other means to advance our plans including any adjustments that may be needed regarding the timeline and taking into consideration the fiscal constraints of the province.
“We all remain steadfast in our commitment to seeing this project through to a successful completion.”