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Villa Charities and TCDSB Reveal 3D Model and Updates on North America’s Largest Cultural/Academic Community Hub

New shared-use facility will be reimagined space for Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy

TORONTO, APRIL 18, 2017 – With a vision towards the future of urban space, Villa Charities Inc. and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) today unveiled the updated designs and a 3D model of the new shared-use facility for the Columbus Centre/Villa Charities and Dante Alighieri Academy Redevelopment. The new state-of-the-art, intergenerational community hub is considered the largest and only co-development project of its kind currently underway in North America, and will better meet the needs and expectations of future generations and the communities they serve.

“The partnership of the Columbus Centre and Dante Alighieri Academy is a unique model of collaboration, efficiency and innovation,” says Anthony DiCaita, President and CEO, Villa Charities Inc. “This reimagined space has been designed to honour our legacy and heritage, while providing a more contemporary and progressive vision for the community. A space more vibrant, multi- dimensional and intergenerational than ever.”

The project, which was announced in December 2012, marks a major milestone in the renaissance of the Columbus Centre, the cultural heart of the GTA’s Italian Canadian community, and Dante Alighieri Academy.

The new joint-use facility will feature a dramatic, three-story glass façade along Lawrence Avenue, a 435-seat performing arts theatre, new contemporary music, dance and fine arts studios and significantly enhanced athletic facilities with state-of-the-art fitness studios for spin, aerobics and yoga. The shared complex will also have a half-kilometre outdoor circuit around the site with a parkours for community use.

“This reinvigorated facility will enable us to provide a collaborative, inspiring and 21st century learning environment for our students, in addition to a variety of educational, cultural and volunteer opportunities,” says Angela Gauthier, the Director of Education of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. “We’re excited about the future of Dante Alighieri and continuing our partnership with Villa Charities.”

To see the vision for the Redevelopment, watch Our New Vision in 2020. Construction is set to being in February 2018.

About Villa Charities

Villa Charities Inc. is a registered charity that celebrates and promotes the Italian Heritage, Culture, Language, Arts, Food, and Family Values. For almost 50 years across the GTA, Villa Charities has provided care for seniors and offered educational and cultural programs in music, dance, visual arts, culinary arts, athletics and more. The Villa Charities family includes Villa Colombo Services for Seniors in Toronto; Villa Colombo Vaughan/Di Poce Centre; Caboto Terrace, Casa Del Zotto and

More information, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, can be found online at here.

Casa Abruzzo apartments for independent seniors; the Columbus Centre; and Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery. For more information, visit www.villacharities.com.

About the Toronto Catholic District School Board

The Toronto Catholic District School Board educates more than 92,000 students from diverse cultures and language backgrounds in 201 Catholic elementary and secondary schools, serving over half-a-million Catholic school supporters across the City of Toronto. As the world’s largest publicly funded Catholic school system, we educate students in an inclusive learning community rooted in the love of Christ, where they are challenged to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and charity. At Toronto Catholic we transform the world through witness, faith, innovation and action. For more information, visit www.tcdsb.org.


For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Turner
416-640-5525 Ext.248

Kathleen Sloan
Director, Marketing and Communications Villa Charities
416-789-7011 Ext. 309

John Yan
Senior Coordinator of Communications Toronto Catholic District School Board
416-222-8282 Ext. 5331

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