Anthony Teles, Urban Toronto, February 2, 2023
Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood has long been a welcoming starting point for immigrants to Canada. Now, IMARA National, on behalf of the city’s Ismaili community, is proposing to replace their existing facilities on Overlea Boulevard with an architecturally adventurous redevelopment that better suits the growing community’s needs. On their behalf, designers architects–Alliance have submitted a Site Plan Approval application for a new Don Mills Ismaili Community Centre and Jamatkhana at the same site, 80 Overlea Boulevard East, west of Don Mills Road.
The site where the current Ismaili Community Centre and Jamatkhana occupies a one-storey building is found in a vibrant multi-cultural neighbourhood north of the Don Valley Parkway and south of Eglinton Avenue. There is sprawling ravine park space to the east, and the Ontario Science Centre northeast on Don Mills Road.
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