What new parking options will be created to support the project?

A 3-level underground parking structure containing approximately 930 parking stalls is proposed for the west side of Glenanna Road. Approximately 350 of these will support the new City Centre Library, Performing Arts Centre, and Seniors & Youth Centre, while the remaining will be dedicated to the 50-storey apartment.

Underground parking will also be created along Esplanade South to support the two proposed condominiums.

What will happen to the existing Seniors Centre?

The City of Pickering currently runs senior programs out of East Shore Community Centre, located at 910 Liverpool Road South. After many years of serving local residents, there are no further structural enhancements that can be done to the facility to ensure it continues to meet the needs of its senior and youth clients.

At this current time, the City intends to maintain the lawn bowling greens on this site and will release details as the transition is determined, subject to Council’s approval.

What kind of activities/services will be offered at the new Seniors & Youth Centre?

Our youth programs and events will range from free to fee-based, and touch on a variety of activities including sport, recreation, leisure, camps, drop-in programs, after-school programs, entertainment and events, volunteer opportunities, and youth leadership.

Our proposed seniors’ fee-based services will include programs, classes, games, events and workshops for a diverse range of skills and interests in the field of sport, recreation, leisure and art, specifically designed for the 55+ age group.

With the larger space, residents should expect an enhanced level of services and programming.  Additionally, as space is available, a range of recreation and arts activities will be offered to children, families and adults.

What kind of amenities/services are proposed for the Performing Arts Centre?

This new Performing Art Centre (PAC) will have world-class acoustics, audience sight lines, and comfortable seating. PAC is envisioned to include a 600-seat theatre, with a large lobby for both public/private activities and rehearsal/program space for City dance classes, music lessons & camps, theatrical/comedy performances, private rentals and more. The Ontario Philharmonic is planned to be the resident orchestra.

The Performing Arts Centre will connect to the underground parking garage, with a coat check and flow into the foyer with the box office and service bar. The foyer of the Performing Arts Centre, available for private rentals, will open into the public square to accommodate larger festivals and events.

Why does the Central Library need an expansion?

The Pickering Public Library is an award-winning City facility that provides equitable access to learning resources for all ages. As one of Ontario’s most heavily used Library facilities, the Central Library annually lends almost 1 million items, receives over 515,000 visits, and offers innovative technology and programs to its users.

Through a 2019-2023 Strategic Plan development exercise, resident engagement indicated that Central Library lacked functional space.

Expanding the Central Library will allow the City to better serve a diverse and growing City.

What will the public square be used for?

The public square will link the new Seniors & Youth Centre, the City Centre Library and Performing Arts Centre. The space is envisioned as a vibrant gathering space for residents and community, engaging visitors and guests in new experiences, a taste of Pickering culture, and a reflection of the vibrant and diverse community that is the City of Pickering.

The public square provides a unique opportunity to remove barriers to participation for event organizers and community events with built-in infrastructure, planned accessible lighting and security features, public art, and seating. Amenities in the public square may include public art, water features, temporary staging, shaded areas, permanent and temporary seating, areas for performances, and play based features like chess or interactive art.

What is the current status of the City Centre project?

The Pickering City Centre project is currently on hold and requires Council approval to proceed further in the design and other project costs.  As outlined in the 2021 Budget Report (FIN 05-21) and Report CAO 04-21 (on the May 25, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda), there is a need for the City to develop a five-year financial plan that considers both future operating and capital expenditures in relation to the Pickering City Centre Project and other key planned investments for the City.

The financial plan will include the following projected elements:

  • Pickering City Centre Capital Costs
  • Pickering City Centre Operating Costs
  • Pickering City Centre Revenue/Funding Opportunities
  • 2021 & 2022 (Draft) Capital Budget
  • 4 year Capital Forecast and Asset Management Plan
  • City’s debt capacity and Annual Repayment Limit (ARL)

This comprehensive approach to prepare a five-year financial plan is intended to provide Council with all of the costs/revenues and other considerations associated with the Pickering City Centre project, plus other planned key capital investments by September 2021 so they can make an informed decision to proceed with the Pickering City Centre design and other project costs. 

Subject to Council approval of the City’s five year financial plan this fall, a Site Plan Application is intended to be submitted later this fall for the 3 municipal facilities, the 50-storey apartment building, and the new public square. Existing underground municipal services (storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water main), which are located under the parking lot on the Pickering Town Centre lands, will be relocated to Glenanna Road.

Subject to Council’s approval in the Fall 2021 to proceed with design and other project costs, staff anticipate providing Council with the total project costs (construction costs of municipal facilities) in Spring 2022. Council’s approval of the total project cost and the award of the General Contractor is required prior to the commencement of construction. The above noted relocation works, followed by the construction of all municipal facilities, is expected to be underway Spring 2022, with a targeted completion date of Fall 2024 for the municipal facilities.

To learn more about the procurement process and Council’s key decision points, please refer to the presentation of Shawn A. Oakley, Vice President, Real Estate Advisory Services Deloitte LLP Re: City Centre Project Procurement Process made at the June 28, 2021 Council Meeting (Delegation 7.1, 5:11 video time). The City will hire an Independent third-party Fairness Monitor to observe various aspects of the procurement process.

How much will the City Centre cost?

In the City of Pickering 2020 Capital budget, the total project cost was estimated at $187,000,000.  See page 22 of the 2020 budget for more information.

An updated cost estimation is being prepared and anticipated to be presented to Council in September, 2021.

What is the status of the future redevelopment of CAPREIT’s lands?

CAPREIT is the property owner and manager for the Pickering Place apartments, located at 1865 Glenanna Road.

With close proximity to the City Centre Redevelopment Project, both the City of Pickering and OPB Realty Inc., owners of Pickering Town Centre, have encouraged collaborative discussions with CAPREIT from the onset of the City Centre redevelopment project.

CAPREIT, and their planning consultants Urban Strategies, have presented a preliminary conceptual master plan for the future re-development of their property, which includes both pedestrian and road connections to Esplanade South. This will be phased to support the relocation of the existing tenants. To date, the City has not received any formal applications to redevelop their lands. Should the City receive an application, area residents will be notified and will have the opportunity to participate in the planning review process.