Kolmapäev, 25 Oktoober 2017 08:00
Eesti Elu / Estonian Life Online
Tasks and planning for the new Estonian Centre project – a hub for the community on Madison Avenue in downtown Toronto - are on track and progressing well.
“As we’ve reported in previous articles, the ‘due diligence’ phase – which examines the sustainability of the project - is ongoing,” reports Project Manager David Kalm. “There is a very active team of consultants and volunteers steering every aspect of this project right now.”
Due diligence is work that focuses on verifying the cost, funding and sustainability of the Estonian Centre project. This is a critical step, as it will determine the feasibility of building and operating the new centre.
Consolidation of community is how we remain sustainable, and sustainability of the new centre remains a key focus of this project.
The Project Managers are working with the City of Toronto on planning issues and with architect Alar Kongats on the Estonian Centre’s potential design. An important part of this is making sure it fits with and is responsive to the needs of the community.
The Estonian community will be consulted as the plans evolve and the use of space is finalized. David and Rob will oversee this process, which will also involve the project architect.
“There will be ample opportunity for everyone to have a say,” David said. “This new home is for everyone. We all have to be involved.”
David says that watching the draft plans for the centre emerge under the very capable direction of architect Alar Kongats is proving to be most rewarding. (A feature article on Alar will be coming soon that describes his thoughtful vision for the centre.)
“We want to make sure the operation of the Estonian Centre is on very firm footing,” David explains. “This is absolutely critical, and we are fortunate to have some very good support in helping make this a reality.”
Thomas Koger, a CPA and CBV (Chartered Business Valuator) has joined the project to provide independent oversight to the project and its financial processes.
Thomas has extensive professional experience dealing with real estate matters and is a strong addition to the project team.
The Estonian Centre will be home to a rich array of activities for the largest community of Estonians in the world outside of Estonia. It will be a warm, functional and comfortable space that welcomes every group that contributes to our proud and long-standing culture.
There will also be beautiful outdoor space that can be enjoyed for special events and quiet contemplation. Its modern features, such as elevator access to each floor and airy, spacious rooms will meet everyone’s needs.
“It’s very rewarding for both Rob and me (Project Manager Rob Deutschmann) to be part of such an exciting project that will mean so much to the future of the Estonian community.”
For more information, including a detailed list of questions and answers on the project, please go to www.estoniancentre.ca
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