Sir Robert L. Borden, municipally located at 200 Poplar Road, is a secondary school that closed as per TDSB resolution effective June, 2016.
The site is approximately 11.93 acres (4.83 hectares), irregular in shape, and is improved with a 2-storey stand-alone former school building of approximately 142,579 square feet (13,246 sq. m.), built circa 1965, and situated in the Kingston Road and Lawrence Avenue East area of Toronto. Current Official Plan designation is Neighbourhood (N) and Zoning is Institutional.
In June 2016, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) also declared the Sir Robert Borden school site surplus to its needs. Following due process, the Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC) then undertook a public regulatory circulation process to identify opportunities for other public bodies to purchase the site. After completion of the public regulatory process, it was concluded that no public agency was prepared to acquire the property. However, TLC obtained approval through its Board of Directors to collaborate with TDSB, the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario to engage in a process to identify community needs and services in this neighbourhood. A needs assessment was completed by an independent third party, Public Interest, and the information received has been made public to help guide a potential buyer when considering a redevelopment opportunity for the property: Final Report- Service and Space Needs in West Hill. In addition, the Province of Ontario engaged independent consulting services whereby it was identified that approximately one acre of land with a 15,000 to 25,000 Square foot community hub would be suitable to meet community needs at this location.
It has been an important priority to TLC to understand this community and ensure that the future redevelopment of the site is responsive to actual community needs. With the cooperation of TDSB, the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, TLC is now in a position to seek a purchaser who will have an appropriate level of relevant community information in order to help guide the redevelopment of the Sir Robert Borden site.
On May 22, 2018 Toronto City Council also passed a motion to work with relevant stakeholders and decision-makers to identify opportunities for creating a sustainable and vibrant community hub on the site, and report back to Council in the first quarter of 2019. Please follow link for report: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.MM41.23
Through the City of Toronto’s planning process, it has the decision making authority to work together with the buyer to ensure that the redevelopment of the Sir Robert Borden site meets its community needs in order to enhance facilities in this area and create a new vibrant neighbourhood within the West Hill community. For convenience, link to the City Planning process: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/planning-development/application-forms-fees/building-toronto-together-a-development-guide/
While work is still underway to identify opportunities to develop a hub on the site, TLC will complete the required Ontario Regulation 444/98 process and place the site on the open market for sale. During the sale process, the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario will have time to further consider all the information from the needs assessment and be in a better position to work with a developer partner when a sale is transacted. It is expected that taking the time to appreciate and understand the community needs and existing services will be of value to the City during its planning process with the purchaser in redevelopment of the site and that it will include further stakeholder forums.
The property is now available for sale, on the open market, with a Request for Offers (RFO) with a submission date of:
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018, at NOON
through the Listing Brokers Office ONLY. For further details, please contact the Listing Broker:
2005 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M2J 5B4
ATTN: Lauren White