Jane/Finch, North York | Jane/Finch Centre | 2019
The parking lot at the Jane-Finch Mall has long been used as an informal gathering space and rallying point for local residents, grassroots groups, and community organizations. Over the years, people of all ages and backgrounds have come together here for community celebrations, performances, demonstrations, and small markets.
Corner Commons aims to honour these uses and enhance the parking lot’s potential for hosting and supporting a range of activities. This community-driven project includes creating a flexible shelter for neighbourhood programming and transforming the parking lot through new seating, plantings, lighting, and art. Corner Commons will also be used as a space to host planning discussions as the Finch LRT project brings change to the neighbourhood.
Coordinated by the Jane/Finch Centre, the project is supported by architectural and design firm Perkins + Will and a community working group made up of resident leaders and local organizations.
“Corner Commons is a collaborative effort that recognizes this parking lot’s special history, role, and location in the Jane-Finch community. This Public Space Incubator grant will help us elevate the site as a public space, and introduce programs and features to make the place more functional, comfortable, and welcoming.” – Corner Commons team.
Credit picture: Ernestine Aying.Next Recipient
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