Annette Public School Parent's are thinkig of designing a bench for a crossing guard at the South West corner of Annette Street and Clendenan Avenue. The bench could also be used by students waiting for a pick up by parents after school. We have still to decide if the bench could proceede as a neighbourhood beautification program or some other municipal program. The idea is to involve grade 7 & 8 students as much as possible in a design and selection process.
Solar Power Education Project - November 2011
The Junction Public Space, St. John's Plaza - September 2010
|View after construction|
Junction New Cultural Centre - February 2009
High Park Architects was asked to do Preliminary Plan Review and other analysis as a part of a search for a Junction Cultural Center location. A new opportunity presented itself at 200 Annette Street location. The existing church building is for sale and some of the Junction area residents were interested in purchasing the building and converting it into a community Cultural Centre. The Centre could be a home to a dance studio, design centre, community celebrations, gatherings etc. However there are some problems with this property. First of all there is unresolved environmental issue concerning fuel tanks that were buried there a long time ago with the potential of site contamination. Next there is a lack of sufficient parking spaces even thou this could be addressed by the future development. The zoning is also an issue since the existing MCR zone does not permit for any commercial applications. Committee of Adjustment hearing could shed some light on this issue but nobody applied for it yet. Preliminary Plan Review was already done by the City examiner in December 2008. Finally the property could be purchased by other buyer that would prefer a different course of action
Junction Square, accommodating existing infrastructure - January 2009
If we keep the surface on the current level we will not interfere with underground infrastructure and existing surface drainage patterns. That would require eliminating from the current design the benches parallel to Dundas street and keeping only two tiers stadium seating “surface mounted”stances that are perpendicular to Dundas street. This configuration coupled with placing a few bollards in strategic locations will allow free movement of pedestrians, bikes, emergency and city maintenance vehicles and inhibit passenger cars and trucks movement.
The Junction Public Space Initial Design - September 2006
Goal, to create a public space in the Junction, that is community governed, and services the community interests, providing a location for cultural, everyday activities and the event needs of the Junction.
Marek Rozkowski is member of the following community organizations:
Parent Council at Annette Street Public School in Toronto
Junction Business Improvement Area
Public Space Commitee for Junction Residence Association