Trinity College planning new residence building

Project in earliest planning stages with limited information
The new residence will join the current buildings, St. Hilda’s and Trinity proper.  TOM KUHN/THE VARSITY
The new residence will join the current buildings, St. Hilda’s and Trinity proper. TOM KUHN/THE VARSITY

Trinity College is in the earliest stages of planning for a new residence and academic building, likely to be located at 15 Devonshire Place, which is currently the parking lot in front of the Gerald Larkin Building.

Trinity could not provide any information on the new building as the planning process has only just begun.

In a statement to The Varsity, Director of Communications & Public Affairs Young Um said, “We are currently continuing our consultations with members of the community to discuss how to revitalize the campus and the proposed new building.”

When asked about various aspects of the building’s design, such as the timeline, the current stage of development, the size of the building, the number of rooms, and the architectural design, Um responded that Trinity will be working on these issues over the next year.

This will be Trinity’s third residence, joining St. Hilda’s and Trinity proper.

The shortage of residence spaces has become a pressing concern at U of T in recent years. In March 2017, the university released a report estimating that it would need 2,300 new beds by 2020 to meet housing demand.

A residence at Spadina Avenue and Sussex Avenue was recently approved in August after years of prolonged negotiations with the city.

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