TORONTO — The University of Toronto has announced the resolution of a mediation process that clears the way for construction of a new Centre for Civilizations, Cultures and Cities (CCC) building to be located at 90 Queen’s Park on the St. George campus in Toronto.
Once constructed, the building will house the university’s School of Cities, department of history, department of Near and Middle Eastern civilizations, Institute of Islamic Studies and an arm of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, all in the Faculty of Arts and Science. There will also be spaces for the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Music including a large music recital hall.
The mediation process addressed concerns raised by several residents’ associations, stated a Sept. 7 release. Among the adjustments made to the building design was an agreement to set its average height to 33.6 metres across its three roofs, a reduction of more than five metres from the original proposal. The tallest portion of the building to the north of the site will now have a height of 35 metres, with the shortest north-east portion standing at 18 metres tall to sync with the Royal Ontario Museum’s east wing.
The revised massing was accepted by Toronto City Council and approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal with the consent of all parties.
Evelyn Casquenette, senior planner at the university, said it was important that the revised design continue to conserve the 19th-century Falconer Hall building.
Construction on the project, which is expected to take approximately three years, is scheduled to begin in early 2023.