The Boathouse Project
What is happening?
In fall 2018-winter 2019, Hanlan Boat Club will be replacing its existing structures with a new facility on its site at 6 Regatta Road.
Why is this happening?
Our aging buildings are in a sorry state of repair, and can no longer handle the growing number of rowers and boats. In 2016, the Hanlan membership decided that a new, economical structure should be built to properly store all the equipment we have on site, with room for growth. This is a main objective of the club’s 2016-2020 strategic plan.
The facility project obtained Waterfront Toronto approval in October 2017, and a building permit application was submitted to the City of Toronto in June 2018, and approved July 26, 2018.
What are the main features of the new facility?
A more attractive and efficient use of our space to accommodate current and future equipment and users through;
A graded site
Aboat storage building 105 feet wide x 120 feet deep (12,600 square feet)
5 bays, each with a bay door and man door at each end
Designated space in the boathouse for Hanlan and tenants’ equipment
Steel frame, polycarbonate cladding, polyethylene roofing
Electrical power and lighting in each bay
Boat racks with sliding arms; oar racks for vertical storage off the ground
Storage lockers for rowing and ancillary equipment
New chain link fence along the north side with multiple gates
Plantings of trees and shrubs to replace the vegetation on the current site
How much will this cost? Where is the money coming from?
The project team has a preliminary estimate of $531,000 and is working to re confirm this baseline figure through summer 2018.
In recent years Hanlan has been setting aside the storage portion of its annual revenues in a restricted Boat House fund, which now sits at $300,000 with an additional $40,000 +/- from 2018 revenues.
The balance will come from asking all users to pre-pay five years of boat storage fees.
Havergal and the University of Toronto have agreed in principle to this arrangement.
Private boat owners will be asked to do the same. Pre-paid storage payment is available here.
Hanlan will need to contribute its own pro-rata share of pre-paid rent.
Donations from Hanlan members to date are; $15,000 actual and a further $25,000 pledged. Donations made via the NTSF site to the boat house fund are tax-receiptable. The current target for member donations is $100,000.
What are the projected timelines?
By October 31, 2018
All users to remove their equipment from site
Demolition, tree removal, grading, foundations
Construction, lighting, electrical, interior fittings
Users move back in to site
What does this mean for members?
Expect to help with the “move out” in October: we are working on a plan to store Hanlan rowing equipment in grounded containers on Regatta Road through the winter and this effort will need your muscle. Stay tuned.
Expect to help with the “move in” in March: contractors will handle the demolition and construction work, but we will need members to contribute with the assembly and installation of the boat and oar racks. And of course, getting our equipment back into its new home!
If you store a boat at the club: it will be your responsibility to remove your equipment in October – and you will have the option of storing it in one of the containers. Anything not removed by the deadline will become part of the demolition.
The tenants have been advised that it is their responsibility to remove their equipment and to find suitable storage for it during the construction period.
For more information, contact a facility project team member:
Patrick Okens (email@example.com)
Pierre Schuurmans (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Satinder Singh (email@example.com)
Patrick, Pierre and Satinder are members of the Hanlan Boat Club board of directors.