Toronto Public Health building purchased by TMU, safe injection site to be relocated

The supervised consumption site bordering Yonge-Dundas Square is set to relocate. Michelle Mackey reports on the reason behind the move and why a public health expert is concerned.

The City of Toronto has finalized a deal to sell an essential property to Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).

The specific addresses are 277 Victoria Street and 38 Dundas Street East, on the northeast corner of Victoria and Dundas. The building currently houses Toronto Public Health (TPH).

Administrative offices will be relocated over the next 24 months to one of the city’s core civic centre hubs. The safe injection site that operates out of the building will also be moved over the next two years, but the new site has not yet been announced.

“Through the ModernTO program, we are optimizing and modernizing the City of Toronto’s office space – this is the right and responsible thing to do,” said Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie.

“This transaction with Toronto Metropolitan University will help expand and revitalize the school’s campus. At the same time, the funds are put back into ModernTO to help support the delivery of affordable housing and other key city-building initiatives that are desperately needed.”

The city is aiming to reduce its office footprint from 55 locations to about 15 by ending leases and creating office hubs within its civic buildings, including city hall, metro hall, and the civic centres in Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke.

The ModernTO program was created in October 2019 to modernize Toronto’s administrative spaces, reducing government spending and using the city’s unlocked office assets.

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