Evergreen, a national charity with a mandate to bring nature back to cities, is remediating the Brick Works. The charity’s director, Geoff Cape, says the site is a designated brownfield. “But we’ve had the soil tested and it’s just slightly above what’s acceptable. That’s manageable.”
The soil should be clean enough to grow produce and plants in the outdoor and indoor gardens, some of which may be used at an on-site Jamie Kennedy restaurant. Other buildings will be converted into office space and a learning centre. Cape says Evergreen at the Brick Works is a project that will show policy-makers how a vacant industrial lot can become a selfsustaining cultural centre for Ontario. “We don’t want to be another government-subsidized heritage site,” says Cape. Evergreen wants to provide a valuable service to the environment and community without continuing to need funding, and with their unique business plan, they may do it.