Whitby Civic Centre Project

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The planning for a new Whitby Civic Centre – a 13-acre site located at 575 Rossland Road East that includes Town Hall, Civic Centre Park and the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex – began in 2008.

Now the Town of Whitby is taking the next step towards the creation of the new Centre with the vision to create an innovative and sustainable community hub for all.

Two design options have been created for a new Civic Centre that would include each of these elements, as well as new event space, recreational opportunities, and amenities to improve the visitor experience. The Town is seeking community feedback on these design options, as well as the amenities residents would like to see for the new Centre.


Community Engagement – Have Your Say!

The current Whitby Civic Centre is a 13-acre site located at 575 Rossland Road East that includes Town Hall, Civic Centre Park, and the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex. Two design options have been created for a new Civic Centre that would include each of these elements, as well as new event space, recreational opportunities, and amenities to improve the visitor experience.

Residents are invited to have their say by participating in the following:

Survey

Please take a few minutes to participate in a short survey.

Complete Survey Now

Survey closes Monday, September 23.

Community Open House

What: Whitby Civic Centre Project Community Open House

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, drop in between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Town Hall, 575 Rossland Road East, Whitby


Civic Centre Option A: Artists Rendition

Civic Centre Option B: Artists Rendition


Why is a new Whitby Civic Centre needed?

Whitby is a community in transformation – growing and changing for the better. By 2031, Whitby’s population is expected to grow from more than 128,000 to over 200,000 residents, making the community one of the fastest growing municipalities in Ontario.

The existing Town Hall building was built in 1977 (more than 40 years ago) and does not allow for the type of customer service our modern and thriving community expects and demands. A new Civic Centre is needed to strengthen municipal service delivery and enable staff to serve our growing community in a more efficient, effective and innovative manner.

A new Civic Centre in Whitby would also help to create a community hub for all – a place for residents to connect, share and enjoy. Ultimately, a place that can meet the needs of the community well into the future.


Why now?

The planning for a new Civic Center began in 2008. Since then, the municipality has taken many steps to maximize the potential of the current Town Hall and get ready to build the new Civic Centre that the community deserves.

The existing Town Hall building does not accommodate all services typically located at a Town Hall. Those services are housed in leased office and library space throughout the Town, at annual cost of over $630,000 annually. This means residents must travel across the municipality to get the services they need.

A new Civic Centre is needed to strengthen municipal service delivery and enable staff to serve our growing community in a more efficient, effective and innovative manner.


Additional Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Whitby Civic Centre?

The Whitby Civic Centre is the vision for an enhanced Town Hall that will be a community hub for all, providing accessible, modern service and a place for residents to connect, share and enjoy.

Whitby’s current Civic Centre is a 13-acre site located at 575 Rossland Road East that includes Town Hall, Civic Centre Park and the Whitby Civic Recreation Complex.

What amenities are being considered for the new Whitby Civic Centre?

There are a number of amenities being considered to be included at the site. These include public art, a library, a civic plaza for events, bookable meeting spaces, an outdoor theatre, a splash pad and skating area, and more. We would like to hear from residents about their vision for the Civic Centre and what amenities they value.

From August 25 to September 23, residents are invited to have their say through an online survey on the kinds of amenities they would like to see for a new Centre.

How can I get involved?
Two design concepts for a new Centre have been created, based on the vision and guiding principles outlined in the Council-approved Whitby Civic Centre Master Plan.

Between now and September 23, the Town is seeking resident feedback on these concepts and the amenities they would like to have at the Centre.

Residents are invited to complete a short online survey on the Whitby Civic Centre project. Residents are also invited to attend a Community Open House being held at Town Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17.

Those interested in receiving email updates on the Whitby Civic Centre project can do so by emailing CivicCentreProject@whitby.ca to be added to the Interested Parties List.

What will this project cost to complete?
This project is still at the concept phase of development and the total cost for either design option will vary depending on which elements are included in the final design.
Projects of similar size and scope to the options proposed have been completed by other proponents at a cost of between $90 million and $120 million.
How will the Town pay for the cost of this project?
As the plans for a new Whitby Civic Centre evolve, Town staff will be exploring all possible funding options and opportunities. Options to be explored could include private public partnerships, provincial and federal grant programs, and community partnerships. As part of its ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility, the Town will make every effort to develop a funding model that will minimize the cost of the project to the taxpayer.
How will the Town ensure this project is completed on budget?
There are many ways to control costs from hiring experienced and respected consultants and contractors, to reviewing best practices on similar projects and lessons learned, to well-defined, detailed specifications, to vigorous project management and oversight. 

Whitby has a tradition of combining respect for the taxpayer with a vision for the future to build a community residents are proud to call home. Cornerstones of the community like Iroquois Park Sports Centre, the Whitby Public Library Central Branch, and Brooklin Community Centre and Library (BCCL) are all examples of amenities built by the Town that are seen as models for how to develop and enhance service.

Each of these projects included partners and operating models that minimized the burden to the taxpayer. For example, IPSC was funded through a public private partnership (P3) to reduce capital costs and user fees to help reduce operating/maintenance costs. BCCL was built through a similar P3 arrangement for construction and cost residents 1/3 dollars of the total cost. Similar innovative funding models will be explored for the new Whitby Civic Centre.
What would happen if this project doesn’t go forward?
The public amenities contemplated for the project would not proceed, customer service tools and spaces would remain spread across the municipality, the efficiencies planned in the project would be lost, additional lease space will be required, and the Town would continue to pay increasing rental fees. 
When is construction expected to start and finish?
While specific construction dates are not yet determined, projects of a similar size and scope to Phase One of this project have been completed in approximately five years.

Should Town Council approve one of the proposed options for the new Whitby Civic Centre, it is reasonable that construction could begin as early as 2021.   

What are the next steps of the project?
The Town will be reporting back to Town Council in October with the results of the feedback collected to help inform the decision on which design concept to move forward with. 

Resources

Community Open House Panels 

Staff Reports:

CMS 21-08 Municipal Office Needs Assessment (MONA)

CAO 04-11 Municipal Office Needs Assessment (MONA)

CAO 18-16 Service Delivery Review Initial Implementation Plan

CAO 06-17 Town Hall Renovations & Expansion

CS 86-17 Municipal Headquarters Needs Analysis and Master Plan RFP-27-2017

CAO 10-18 Whitby Civic Centre Project – Municipal Headquarters Needs Assessment and Master Plan – Phases 1 and 2

CAO 21-19 Whitby Civic Centre Project – Update

2016 Development Charges Study by Hemson Consulting


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Interested Parties List – Whitby Civic Centre Project