In an area of Toronto which was once starved for modern community facilities, Regent Park's ongoing renaissance has brought along with all the new homes some of the city's very best places for people to learn, play, work out, and even to nurture new businesses. Improving the lives of Regent Park's youth has been a particular focus, and now another new facility will add to the increasingly comprehensive list of local offerings for them.

A development application for the new Dixon Hall Youth Centre depicts the permanent home the community organization will get as part of Phase Three of the Regent Park Revitalization Project. Since losing its space to the wrecking ball last year, the youth centre has set up shop in temporary locations in the area until the planned completion of its new building in 2018, for which it has embarked on an ambitious campaign to raise $3 million in funding for the project. The initiative seems to be well on its way, with a site plan control application submitted to the City back in June.

Dixon Hall Youth Centre, LGA, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto, Regent ParkRendering of the southwest corner, image courtesy of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services.

Located on the corner of Wyatt and Nicholas Avenues in Block 28E at the edge of the new Athletic Grounds, the proposal features an intriguing design by LGA Architectural Partners, appearing as a four-storey white cube with splashes of colour and large window openings. The project will be built at cost by The Daniels Corporation on land donated by the City of Toronto.

Dixon Hall Youth Centre, LGA, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto, Regent ParkSite plan of Regent Park, showing location of the project, image courtesy of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services.

The 712-square-metre (7,670-square-foot) building comes with a host of new amenities and community spaces for the revitalizing Regent Park neighbourhood. The ground floor contains a large open multi-functional 'family room' that can be curtained off into smaller spaces. Also featured is a kitchen and reception area, as well as a garage door opening onto the outdoor yard area, which comes complete with a barbecue and patio. A games room occupies the basement level.

Dixon Hall Youth Centre, LGA, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto, Regent ParkGround floor plan, image courtesy of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services.

The second and third floors contain a variety of multi-purpose and flexible programmed spaces, including a dance/yoga hall, a creative area, a music and TV room, and the Dixon Hall School of Music, with its own private studios and a large classroom. Finally, the fourth floor houses office spaces and work areas.

Dixon Hall Youth Centre, LGA, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto, Regent ParkSecond floor (left) and third floor (right) plans, image courtesy of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services.

The exterior of the building will be clad in cement panels, with a darker colour used on the ground floor and a lighter colour used on the upper levels. The renderings seem to indicate multi-coloured edges of the panels that would give variety to the simple cubic massing, but at this point the exterior envelope is only conceptual and will be refined as the planning process continues.

Dixon Hall Youth Centre, LGA, The Daniels Corporation, Toronto, Regent ParkRenderings of the proposal, image courtesy of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services.

Stay tuned for more updates on the Dixon Hall Youth Centre as they become available. In the meantime, tell us what you think of the project by checking out the associated Forum thread, or by leaving a comment in the space provided on this page.