Posted by: HamptonIona | March 28, 2010

Interested in New Uses for the Soeurs de la Visitation Convent Building?

As we are all aware, the Soeurs de la Visitation Convent site was recently purchased by Ashcroft Homes for redevelopment. The convent building will have historic designation and Ashroft has indicated its interest in providing some kind of community space in the Convent building as part of its adaptive re-use. This could entail part or all of the building. Several local community groups and individuals have come together to look at options for the adaptive re-use of the convent building. There are many possibilities for the building which can include:

  • Art gallery
  • Performance space
  • Incubator for community organizations
  • Recreation space
  • Your idea???

On Saturday April 10, 2010 from 10:00 to 12:30, the community will be holding a planning charette to discuss potential uses for the convent building (Ashcroft is not part of this event but will be made aware of the results). We are aiming for approximately 70-80 people to attend with about half being residents in the community and half from the arts, social enterprises, local businesses, recreations, the non-profit sectors. Each of the local community groups will be approaching their membership for volunteers to attend. We want to hear what you think of the various options, what are your ideas and how you would like to see the convent developed for your neighbourhood.

Given space limitations, however, we only have room for 4 residents from Hampton Iona. If you are interested in attending or would like further details, please email us and we will provide you with further details. Unfortunately, given space limitations, we will have to take names on a first-come, first-serve basis, but we will have a waiting list.

Please note the purpose of the meeting is limited to only discussing the adaptive use of the convent building and not to address other issues regarding the proposed development.



  1. Ashcroft, like other bidders, knew the conditions for density development of the site when they submitted the winning bid and there is no excuse for city council to allow this neighborhood-wrecking proposal. If the official plan density for that part of Richmond Rd. by 2021 has already been exceeded, how can council even consider this proposal. Let’s hope that Peter Hume looks at this as though it were being proposed for Altavista.

  2. Another idea for the site: community gardens.

    The desire for more local food is all the rage these days. There is, however, a lack of community gardening space in general (as far as I know the only community gardening space available in this area, other than people’s own property, is at the Carlington Community Centre along Merivale).

    Community gardens could be a great addition to the southern part of the site that front Byron Avenue (full sun!).

  3. I agree with Sharon. As a condo dweller, I would surely use a community garden to grow produce in the spring and summer. And, with all of the new condo developments in the area, I’m sure others would do the same. If this development is going to happen we might as well make it useful to all community residents.

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