Community Consultation for Affordable Housing at 150 Queens Wharf Road in CityPlace
We can't tackle Toronto's housing crisis without creating more housing options that people of all incomes can afford. A range of urgent initiatives is needed to address the many dimensions of this crisis – which is intertwined with poverty and inequality – including adequate emergency shelter capacity, supportive housing, rent-geared-to-income housing, and purpose-built market rental housing.
Block 36 North, also known as, 150 Queens Wharf Road, is the last block of undeveloped land in CityPlace. This vacant site is located immediately north of the Fort York library branch and just south of the future Rail Deck Park. The land is owned by the City and has been earmarked for new affordable rental housing.
I have been working for a number of years to have affordable housing built at this site. In 2015, City Council requested the Affordable Housing Office to fast-track construction of new affordable rental housing on Block 36 North through the then-new Open Door Program. Subsequently, City staff reported to Council to recommend approval of the proposal, and consultation meetings were held in the community. In 2016, I secured Council approval for construction, but unfortunately, the project did not advance. In early 2020, I again urged staff to re-initiate the project and to advance construction on new affordable housing units.
I am pleased to share today that the affordable housing proposal for 150 Queens Wharf Road is active and advancing.
Please join me online or by phone on Monday, March 8, from 7 - 9pm for a Community Consultation Meeting with staff from City Planning, the Housing Secretariat, and CreateTO, to learn more about the preliminary development concept, including the project proposal and timeline.
For instructions on how to join and participate in the Community Consultation Meeting on March 8, visit: https://createto.ca/housingnow/housing/150-queens-wharf-road/
The affordable housing at Queens Wharf Road has been part of the City's vision for the community for more than 25 years. This development is part of the Housing Now Initiative and the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, along with the City's target of creating 40,000 affordable rental and supportive housing units by 2030.
To learn more about the Housing Now initiative, visit: www.createto.ca/housingnow