Redevelopment plans for the former hospital site move ahead
The Town of Oakville officially broke ground on the site of the Southeast Community Centre (SECC) today, officially kicking off the construction phase for the new recreation facility expected to open in fall 2020.
“This milestone marks a significant step forward in redevelopment plans for the former hospital site,” said Mayor Rob Burton who was joined for the official sod turning by members of Council, town staff and representatives from neighbourhood residents associations. “We’re excited to build a new community hub that will bring people together and help residents live active, engaged and healthy lifestyles.”
The SECC, located on the site of the former Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, will have a modern building design that respects the adjacent heritage district as well the designated high school. It will include a 25-metre lap pool, a warm water pool, a double gymnasium, a fitness centre with a running track, multipurpose meeting rooms and space for intergenerational programming.
Oakville Hydro and the town are partnering to build a LEED-certified energy efficient building that will include rooftop solar panels, geo-thermal heating and cooling, car charging station, and a battery energy storage system.
The neighbourhood park adjacent to the community centre will include soft landscaping and trees, seating, a play structure, lawn areas, a water play area, pavilion and bicycle parking.
Following extensive public consultation, Council endorsed the overall site master plan for the Former Hospital Site on June 27, 2017 which sees a residential area in the north, a community centre and park in the middle and a seniors-oriented housing district in the south, including a civic square in front of the former Oakville Trafalgar High School, and a passive park space along Allan Street, which is expected to open by the end of the year.