Latest details on Guild Park plan discussed with Scarborough residents at meeting

News Nov 19, 2015 by Sam Juric Scarborough Mirror

There was not an empty seat in The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood as about 150 residents gathered Tuesday, Nov. 17, to discuss plans for the revitalization and restoration of the Guild Park.

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie mediated the forum that laid out the progress made on the Guild Park master plan put forth by Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment Group.

The plan includes bistro-style restaurant, a banquet hall and meeting spaces within the facilities.

Both city officials and Dynamic assured residents that all additional facilities would be available for community use.

The new banquet hall and restaurant will hold a maximum of 800 people and offer 292 parking spots for visitors, said Piero Suppa, managing director of Dynamic.

“We at Dynamic realize Guild Park is a heritage site,” said Suppa. “Our commitment here has been to take the Guild and restore it. In doing that we have consulted with heritage architects who are known in the industry who have worked on previous projects at the Guild.”

Suppa confirmed the company is in the process of selecting a contractor for the project.

In response to residents’ questions, Suppa said a possible 115 jobs will be created with completion of the new facilities.

The cultural precinct, which includes city arts funding, at Guild Park and accompanying arts programming at Building 191 were listed on the evening’s agenda. Approximately $4.2 million has been reserved for the culture precinct from the city’s budget, said Ainslie.

Jo Ann Pynn, supervisor of capital assets for the City of Toronto, told the crowd that 19 monuments would be relocated to make way for the construction of the Dynamic events facilities. This includes moving the school bell, one of the only Scarborough artifacts in Guild Park’s landscape, she said.

The cultural precinct, as imagined by the community and city officials, is on its way to becoming a reality, Pynn said. The master plan had originally included a freestanding building but This was struck from the plan due to its proximity to the Scarborough Bluffs.

However, Pynn assured residents the cultural precinct would still be in line with the initial plans.

“What we want to do is keep the spirit of the cultural precinct plan. So the kinds of programs that were talked about will find a place in 191,” she said. Residents also raised concerns about increased traffic and speeding, and proposals were made for either a traffic light or stop sign to be put in place along Guildwood Parkway.

John Mason, president of Guild Park and Gardens Association, brought up the issue of accessibility to the park’s front gate during construction.

Regularly scheduled activities and festivals may have to take a backseat during the revitalization, Ainslie said.

Mason also questioned Dynamic’s projected completion date of one year based on the acquisition of building permits.

“It’s a pretty optimistic date. The number of people here shows how important having public input is,” Mason said.

Dynamic assured residents they would be updated as the project progresses.

Nancy Lowe, manager of Parks and Golf Courses, Scarborough District, said residents will be invited to take part in the planting of bulbs and the for the park’s gardens.

Another meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chartwell Guildwood Retirement Residence, 65 Livingston Rd., to discuss arts programming for the cultural precinct. For more info, contact Councillor Ainslie’s office at 416-392-4008.

Latest details on Guild Park plan discussed with Scarborough residents at meeting

Timeline for Dynamic Hospitality’s plan questioned by resident

News Nov 19, 2015 by Sam Juric Scarborough Mirror

There was not an empty seat in The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood as about 150 residents gathered Tuesday, Nov. 17, to discuss plans for the revitalization and restoration of the Guild Park.

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie mediated the forum that laid out the progress made on the Guild Park master plan put forth by Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment Group.

The plan includes bistro-style restaurant, a banquet hall and meeting spaces within the facilities.

Both city officials and Dynamic assured residents that all additional facilities would be available for community use.

The new banquet hall and restaurant will hold a maximum of 800 people and offer 292 parking spots for visitors, said Piero Suppa, managing director of Dynamic.

“We at Dynamic realize Guild Park is a heritage site,” said Suppa. “Our commitment here has been to take the Guild and restore it. In doing that we have consulted with heritage architects who are known in the industry who have worked on previous projects at the Guild.”

Suppa confirmed the company is in the process of selecting a contractor for the project.

In response to residents’ questions, Suppa said a possible 115 jobs will be created with completion of the new facilities.

The cultural precinct, which includes city arts funding, at Guild Park and accompanying arts programming at Building 191 were listed on the evening’s agenda. Approximately $4.2 million has been reserved for the culture precinct from the city’s budget, said Ainslie.

Jo Ann Pynn, supervisor of capital assets for the City of Toronto, told the crowd that 19 monuments would be relocated to make way for the construction of the Dynamic events facilities. This includes moving the school bell, one of the only Scarborough artifacts in Guild Park’s landscape, she said.

The cultural precinct, as imagined by the community and city officials, is on its way to becoming a reality, Pynn said. The master plan had originally included a freestanding building but This was struck from the plan due to its proximity to the Scarborough Bluffs.

However, Pynn assured residents the cultural precinct would still be in line with the initial plans.

“What we want to do is keep the spirit of the cultural precinct plan. So the kinds of programs that were talked about will find a place in 191,” she said. Residents also raised concerns about increased traffic and speeding, and proposals were made for either a traffic light or stop sign to be put in place along Guildwood Parkway.

John Mason, president of Guild Park and Gardens Association, brought up the issue of accessibility to the park’s front gate during construction.

Regularly scheduled activities and festivals may have to take a backseat during the revitalization, Ainslie said.

Mason also questioned Dynamic’s projected completion date of one year based on the acquisition of building permits.

“It’s a pretty optimistic date. The number of people here shows how important having public input is,” Mason said.

Dynamic assured residents they would be updated as the project progresses.

Nancy Lowe, manager of Parks and Golf Courses, Scarborough District, said residents will be invited to take part in the planting of bulbs and the for the park’s gardens.

Another meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chartwell Guildwood Retirement Residence, 65 Livingston Rd., to discuss arts programming for the cultural precinct. For more info, contact Councillor Ainslie’s office at 416-392-4008.

Latest details on Guild Park plan discussed with Scarborough residents at meeting

Timeline for Dynamic Hospitality’s plan questioned by resident

News Nov 19, 2015 by Sam Juric Scarborough Mirror

There was not an empty seat in The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood as about 150 residents gathered Tuesday, Nov. 17, to discuss plans for the revitalization and restoration of the Guild Park.

Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie mediated the forum that laid out the progress made on the Guild Park master plan put forth by Dynamic Hospitality and Entertainment Group.

The plan includes bistro-style restaurant, a banquet hall and meeting spaces within the facilities.

Both city officials and Dynamic assured residents that all additional facilities would be available for community use.

The new banquet hall and restaurant will hold a maximum of 800 people and offer 292 parking spots for visitors, said Piero Suppa, managing director of Dynamic.

“We at Dynamic realize Guild Park is a heritage site,” said Suppa. “Our commitment here has been to take the Guild and restore it. In doing that we have consulted with heritage architects who are known in the industry who have worked on previous projects at the Guild.”

Suppa confirmed the company is in the process of selecting a contractor for the project.

In response to residents’ questions, Suppa said a possible 115 jobs will be created with completion of the new facilities.

The cultural precinct, which includes city arts funding, at Guild Park and accompanying arts programming at Building 191 were listed on the evening’s agenda. Approximately $4.2 million has been reserved for the culture precinct from the city’s budget, said Ainslie.

Jo Ann Pynn, supervisor of capital assets for the City of Toronto, told the crowd that 19 monuments would be relocated to make way for the construction of the Dynamic events facilities. This includes moving the school bell, one of the only Scarborough artifacts in Guild Park’s landscape, she said.

The cultural precinct, as imagined by the community and city officials, is on its way to becoming a reality, Pynn said. The master plan had originally included a freestanding building but This was struck from the plan due to its proximity to the Scarborough Bluffs.

However, Pynn assured residents the cultural precinct would still be in line with the initial plans.

“What we want to do is keep the spirit of the cultural precinct plan. So the kinds of programs that were talked about will find a place in 191,” she said. Residents also raised concerns about increased traffic and speeding, and proposals were made for either a traffic light or stop sign to be put in place along Guildwood Parkway.

John Mason, president of Guild Park and Gardens Association, brought up the issue of accessibility to the park’s front gate during construction.

Regularly scheduled activities and festivals may have to take a backseat during the revitalization, Ainslie said.

Mason also questioned Dynamic’s projected completion date of one year based on the acquisition of building permits.

“It’s a pretty optimistic date. The number of people here shows how important having public input is,” Mason said.

Dynamic assured residents they would be updated as the project progresses.

Nancy Lowe, manager of Parks and Golf Courses, Scarborough District, said residents will be invited to take part in the planting of bulbs and the for the park’s gardens.

Another meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chartwell Guildwood Retirement Residence, 65 Livingston Rd., to discuss arts programming for the cultural precinct. For more info, contact Councillor Ainslie’s office at 416-392-4008.