A 10-acre piece of vacant city-owned property between Wentworth Lodge long-term care facility and Sherwood Place nonprofit seniors’ apartments is one of 10 priority redevelopment sites identified by the city's new land development task force.
"A substantial amount of surplus lands have been identified at the rear of the existing Wentworth Lodge," a report to councillors on the general issues committee states. "Preliminary examination is underway into the potential opportunity for land redevelopment of underutilized excess lands at the rear of the existing facility."
City planner Edward John is assigned as team lead on the Wentworth Lodge surplus lands project.
"At this point there are no plans beyond the fact it has been identified as a potential site for the land development task force," John said. "I will shortly be consulting with the councillor's office to piece out such a process for consultation and review."
Other properties among the top 10 identified redevelopment sites are Jackson Square, First Ontario Centre (formerly Copps Coliseum), and Stoney Creek's Gateway Arena.
The staff report says the city owns approximately 2,000 properties, "some of which have the potential to be leveraged for broader community-building initiatives to achieve council priorities ... vacant and underutilized city properties may present opportunities for value maximization through strategic repurposing, consolidation, or disposition."
The report says the main priorities of the land-development team for the 10 properties — including the vacant Wentworth Lodge land — will focus on three things: leveraging existing properties to maximize strategic outcomes and revenue generation; identifying opportunities that facilitate the development of affordable housing; and identifying opportunities that promote non-residential tax growth.
More reports are expected to the general issues committee over the “next few months” about the scope of work and proposed processes for each of the ten projects.
City staff said in July, 2016 that they were already reviewing possible future uses, including the potential for new nonprofit housing, on the land between Wentworth Lodge and Sherwood Place apartments.