Students returning to Humber Lakeshore this fall will find a new pub to enjoy while taking a break from studies. The Brooklyn Haus, which opened in June, is in a location that may play a big part of Humber’s plan to revitalize and remake the area.
Located on the north side of Lake Shore Boulevard across from the college and in the space formerly occupied by the popular student haunt, the Blue Lagoon, the new bar is meant to cater to students. “It’s good for kids to come to a place where they know they are safe.” Says co-owner and general contractor Eduart Duhaz. “They can’t just drink everyday, they have to study too.”
For Humber Lakeshore, where unlike most campuses, there is no popular “pub night.” Brooklyn Haus may now fill that void. A meeting between the owners and Humber faculty is taking place this week to discuss a possible teachers night at the pub.
The location of the Brooklyn Haus is part of a potential plan to become new residences as Humber Lakeshore expands. Humber owns the entire strip mall where Brooklyn Haus is at 3180 Lake Shore Blvd, where new residences might go.
Humber has the final say on who is able to run and operate the buildings they own in the meantime. Leases are negotiated and Humber must wait to act until they are finished.
Two confirmed new buildings will begin construction soon. The first building is currently a motorcycle shop just north of campus, which will be replaced by a 24,000 square-foot athletic centre. The second will be a welcome centre at the corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and Kipling Avenue, according to Humber’s senior director of strategic asset development Carol Anderson.
The motive for new property is Humber’s growth. A new arts program has been approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and University but is on hold until more space is created.