April 26th, 2013
“For nearly 40 years The 519 has stood at the heart of this neighbourhood and we have experienced its continuous evolution and growth. We are excited to work with our community and a diverse group of stakeholders to identify opportunities for supporting and enhancing our village over the next 40 years.”
Maura Lawless, The 519 Executive Director
This spring, with World Pride just months away, a team of urban planners, community enthusiasts and activists, neighbours and businesses will be taking a closer look at Toronto’s Church and Wellesley Village. The 519 has hired a team of consultants to answer two key questions: “What is the role of a ‘LGBTQ village’ in a modern, progressive city?” and “What must be done to support the Church-Wellesley Village to solidify its role as a major cultural and community hub in the Toronto context now and into the future?”
The Village Study will be managed by the Planning Partnership with the support of Ken Greenberg, Jane Farrow, Doug Kerr and N. Barry Lyons Consultants. The project will have two phases; the first will examine the Church Wellesley Village today and look at other LGBTQ villages in order to understand the opportunities and constraints that will influence and inform the future of the Village. The second phase aims to develop a vision and plan that incorporates social, economic and urban components in the short, medium and long-term. The plan will play an integral role in focusing village priorities as we head into World Pride in 2014 and the Pan Am / Para Pan Am Games in 2015.
The full project plan, including strategic advisors, steering committee and opportunities for public engagement and consultation, will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit The Village Study page on our website for updates: http://www.the519.org/newsfeed/thevillagestudy