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Regional Community Hub

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About the Community Hub Project

The County is currently exploring the redevelopment of the former Orillia District Collegiate & Vocational Institute at 2 Borland Street East, Orillia.

The site, which was purchased by the County of Simcoe in summer 2018, is proposed to be transformed into a vibrant Regional Community Hub that would meet the diverse needs and services of members of the community. A community hub is a space in which multiple services and supports – such as housing, health, social, cultural, recreational and government, etc. – are located together, creating an efficient one-stop shop for residents to access the resources, services and supports they need.

Update- July, 2019

  • Throughout May, the County led a Community Visioning and Consultation process to obtain feedback from residents and stakeholders on the development of the Community Hub. The consultation process engaged stakeholders from across the County, and included a community survey, mobile community engagement booths and a series of workshops with leaders of community service organizations. The consultation focused on identifying needs in the community surrounding the site of the future hub, the City of Orillia and broader Simcoe County, as well as understanding the community members' ideas around the Community Hub they want to see developed in their community
  • The demolition of the former Orillia District Collegiate Vocational Institute (ODCVI) occurred as planned between October 2018 and May 2019.  The property will remain fenced for 60 days to allow the field mix seed to take root. Then, it will be open to the public until development is approved to proceed in the coming years. The County will arrange for regular grounds and Arboretum maintenance going forward
     
  • A community consultation summary report regarding the potential community hub at the Orillia location will be provided to County Council in the coming months