In recent months, Toronto District School Board officials and their consultants have made significant progress toward formulation of a final plan for the new secondary school complex that will soon replace Thomson Collegiate and Bendale Business & Technical Institute.
Officials have released this preliminary design rendering of the new school building. The view shown is the south facade and main entrance of the state-of-the-art structure.
Also released for public consultation is the proposed overall site plan of the combined Thomson/Bendale properties. Notable in this plan is a new residential development in place of the demolished Bendale school building, as well as an extension of Brockley Drive north to the new housing development, connecting west to Midland Avenue.
Issues and unaddressed details surrounding the new housing development and access road extension apparently have contributed to delays in approvals for the master plan. The local city councillor, Michael Thompson, is assisting to address these remaining issues and move the project approval forward.
If the approval delays cannot be resolved soon, the original expected completion date of Fall 2015 for the new Thomson school complex likely will slip into 2016.