Pickering hosting City Centre Project public meeting February 28


Published February 25, 2022 at 1:19 pm

Pickering residents will get a chance to hear some more detail on the $207 million “transformative” City Centre project that is expected to go to tender this spring.

The city will hold a special meeting of Council Monday, February 28, with many of the key project designers, architects and managers on hand for a virtual presentation from 1-3 pm.

To watch the meeting, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/SustainablePickering

Architects Peter Clewes, Rob Cadeau and Sanja Janjanin with architectsAlliance; and project managers George Buckles (twopoint partners inc,) and Bruno Bartel (Cushman & Wakefield) will be making presentations on the project, as well as making themselves available for questions from councillors.

The ambitious project, which is expected to be financed primarily through casino payments (with some $3.6 million funded via reserve funds), will include a state-of-the-art Pickering Performing Arts Centre, a new Central Library, a combined seniors/youth centre, a public square and some residential housing as well.

The project will be built on lands on the east side of Pickering Town Centre – owned by mall owners Wakefield Properties – and on the south side of The Esplanade on lands owned by the City.

The Pickering Casino & Resort only opened July 26 because of pandemic restrictions and has so far delivered more than $5.5 million in non-tax gaming revenue for the last two quarters. That number should nearly double by the time casinos return to 100 per cent capacity.

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