Origins of the Project

The Weston community is identified as one of the City’s 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Since 2010, Artscape, the City of Toronto and the Rockport Group have heard support for the project expressed in the Weston community during public consultations. A feasibility study prepared by Artscape for the City of Toronto in 2011, along with a community design charrette and report by the Urban Land Institute’s Technical Assistance Panel, further supported the strategy of leveraging the power of culture to assist in the revitalization of the area. As a result, the City developed its Weston 2021 Revitalization Strategy (published in 2012), which outlined the benefits of a project involving creative programming space, along with live/work units for artists, studio space, community space and the farmers’ market.

In 2015, Metrolinx’ UP Express, the new rail link to Pearson International Airport, will stop in Weston at a newly-constructed GO Transit station. This development is being pursued in tandem with multiple other public and community-level initiatives to re-energize the Weston area.