Toronto is getting a brand new elementary school that will be the first of its kind because it will be built in a condo building.
According to the Government of Ontario, the $44 million Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School will create 455 student spaces for the waterfront community.
The new school is a collab between the school board and Menkes Developments, and they plan to have it located in a mixed-use condominium project.
“The new Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School will be a great new addition to our city and will provide much-needed space for students. We know that in a growing city like Toronto, we need unique and creative approaches to creating important public spaces like schools,” said Mayor John Tory.
“This new project between the provincial government and Menkes Development will bring the school right into the community at a new mixed-use condominium. If we want to build up this city and our neighbourhoods, we need to ensure that residents have access to all the services they need, including schools – this is one example of how we will achieve this.”
We are building a new elementary school in a high-density condo community – the first-of-its-kind in Ontario.
— Stephen Lecce (@Sflecce) January 21, 2022
At this time, there is no opening date for the school, which is set to be the first of its kind in Canada.
“We are thrilled to build Canada’s first elementary school that is completely integrated within a high-density mixed-use development right in downtown Toronto,” said Stephanie Donaldson, Trustee, Ward 9, Davenport, and Spadina – Fort York.
“This is great news for students in the area and an exciting opportunity for the Toronto District School Board to shape an innovative urban school model that can be used across Ontario and Canada.”
Lower Yonge Precinct Elementary School will be located at Yonge and Harbour Street in Toronto.