The decision from County Council on June 23 was deferred. Staff were provided direction to report back at a future meeting with further details on costing, financials and funding, including residential and community agency leasing space breakdowns. A date will be posted once confirmed.
Update (June 3, 2020)
In January, Council approved extending a Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural design firms. The contract was awarded for a feasibility study, site plan and conceptual design, seeking input from staff and stakeholders, including the City of Orillia, along the way.
On June 23, a detailed report for the County's Orillia community hub development, titled - County Orillia Campus Project, will be presented to County Council for review. The report will provide an overview of the preliminary design and costing, and seek approval for next steps for the campus-like development including proceeding with the required planning approvals, public and stakeholder engagement, detailed design and cost analysis.
Updates will continue to be posted on the County's website as the project progresses. Pending County Council’s direction, further design work will continue and community engagement will occur through available participation methods, including virtual town hall style meetings as needed. More details will be provided in the coming months regarding engagement opportunities.
In spring/summer 2019, a consultation process was undertaken regarding the feasibility and need of a community hub on the former Orillia District Collegiate and Vocational Institute (ODCVI) property in Orillia. Based on input from 678 community members and organizations, a compelling vision has emerged of a vibrant, diverse and inclusive regional service hub that provides affordable housing options for seniors and other mixed income households, helps to alleviate the barriers to accessing essential community and social services for residents, and creates a sense of inclusion.
The County's Orillia Campus will include affordable housing and community services, as well as County corporate services, intended to meet the diverse needs and services of the community and surrounding areas. Estimated to be built by 2022/23, and will likely include approximately 130 affordable mixed units for seniors, families and individuals, an Ontario Works, Children and Community Services, and Housing office, an Ontario Works programming room, leasable space for community agencies to rent, a licensed child-care site, a communal room and kitchen, and meeting space. Other large anchor tenants in the health or children's services sector will also be considered.
Additional studies and ongoing community engagement with area partners will occur throughout the project. Stay tuned for more information on the campus development.
If you have any further questions in regards to the County Orillia Campus project, please contact us at CountyOrilliaCampus@simcoe.ca.