Burlington asking residents what they’d like to see in the city’s new community centre

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Published October 12, 2023 at 1:32 pm

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Burlington residents who want to have a say on what types of services they want to see in the city’s new community centre have just one more chance to share their thoughts in-person. 

Recently, the city announced it’s holding one final in-person meeting on the future of the former Robert Bateman High School building and greenspace. The building, purchased by the city for $29.6 million last year, is located at 5151 New St. 

According to the city’s website, Burlington is repurposing the property into a “multi-purpose, community-focused building” that will boast net-zero carbon emissions by 2040. 

When the renovation is complete, Brock University, Burlington Public Library, Halton District School Board, Tech Place and the City of Burlington will move into the building and begin offering services.

For now, the city is asking residents to weigh in on what types of recreational and cultural services they’d like to access. 

Residents have also been asked to submit suggested names for the centre, which the city collected until Sept. 18. 

“These opportunities for engagement and input are only for the use of the inside of the building, and not about greenspace or parking,” the city said on its website, adding that input on greenspace and parking will come later.

Residents can participate in an in-person engagement session at the Tansley Woods Community Centre (1996 Itabashi Way) on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The only session available after that will be conducted online on Oct. 19. 

The City of Burlington became the official owner of the Robert Bateman High School property in 2022 in a deal that saw the city and the Halton District School Board both acquire properties they were interested in. 

In the agreement, the city received the Bateman property and the board received a city-owned property near Burlington Central High School, which includes the high school football field and running track, at a cost of $21.7 million.

The difference in price of $7.9 million will be debt financed with annual debt payments recovered from the City’s capital reserve funds.

Last year, it was reported that the school board will retain a long-term interest at the school to accommodate the Gary Allan Learning Centre. In addition, Brock University will offer their teachers education and applied disabilities studies programs and will be developing professional and continuing studies specifically to the needs of Burlington.

The city has partnered with other institutions to create a sustainable community hub, which will include community rooms, a triple gym and the existing city pool.

The Burlington Public Library will relocate its Appleby Line branch to this location to develop a place for learning and education and the relocation of TechPlace, a hub led by Burlington Economic Development, where the tech community can connect, develop and grow their business.

According to the city’s website, the facility will offer approximately 21,000 square feet of space for rent, programs and user groups, as well as an additional 9,000 square feet of potential temporary space available to the community.

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– With files from Jeffrey Allen

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