Building new Affordable Housing - Block 36 North
I'm very excited that the Affordable Housing Committee has identified Block 36 North in the Railway Lands as a priority site for the City's Open Door policy, which seeks to speed up the process for building new affordable housing in our City.
Block 36 North will be one of the last blocks of land to be developed in CityPlace. Currently a part of the empty lot beside the Fort York Library, Block 36 is owned by TCHC and was allocated many years ago as a future site for new affordable housing in the City. However, given TCHC's $2.7 billion dollar repair backlog and the lack of stable funding from the federal and provincial governments for affordable housing, it continues to sit vacant. Over the past number of months, I have been working hard with the Affordable Housing office and TCHC to find ways to prioritize this project to ensure that we are adding affordable housing to address our City's severe housing crisis.
Today, the Affordable Housing Committee announced that Block 36 North will be prioritized in the City's Open Door policy, which seeks to speed up the process for building new housing across the City. I will be working hard over the coming months with staff in City Planning, as well as the Affordable Housing office and TCHC, to continue to move this project forward.
As we continue to plan the new community centre and schools on Block 31 (beside Canoe Landing Park), work on designs for Mouth of the Creek Park (adjacent to Block 36 North), ensuring that Block 36 North contributes new affordable housing in our City is an essential component as we continue to build equitable and liveable communities. Expanding green space, affordable housing and community facilities are my most important priorities and I am happy that we are working hard to do that in our CityPlace neighbourhood.