Ontario Tech University expansion could include affordable housing

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Ontario Tech University has announced a plan to expand its Oshawa campus by developing a new site in the city’s downtown.

The university has purchased 154 Bruce Street, a site adjacent to its original campus.

It’s an “exciting new growth opportunities for Ontario Tech in downtown Oshawa in the coming decades,” officials said in a news release.

“Our new Bruce Street property is a vital component of Ontario Tech University’s strategic vision to have purpose-built and high-tech facilities in downtown Oshawa,” said Dr. Steven Murphy, president and vice chancellor, Ontario Tech University.

“This academic hub is an investment in our future, as we look for more ways to deliver flexible and dynamic learning while meeting the needs of our growing campus community. Ontario Tech is excited to work with the City of Oshawa and our community partners to further enhance our presence in downtown Oshawa.”

Ontario Tech will seek a Request for Proposals and consider possibilities for developing the Bruce Street property. This may include connecting a new multi-storey structure to the existing 61 Charles Street Building, creating a new academic hub as well as commercial spaces.

Proposals for the new building will consider the university’s academic functions and establish the optimal footprint for future use that is mutually beneficial for the community. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2027, with the building being operational by 2030.

“The City of Oshawa is thrilled that Ontario Tech University is continuing to invest in downtown Oshawa with the purchase of 154 Bruce Street,” said Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “This new space will support the future growth and expansion of Ontario Tech’s vibrant downtown campus location where almost 3,000 students, faculty and staff bring a creative and exciting energy to our downtown.”

 

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