City-Owned Land in CityPlace to Become Affordable Rental Housing
As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, our city’s affordable housing crisis has taken on an even greater urgency. For years, we’ve known that housing and public health are directly connected. Now, it’s more important than ever that we take action, and invest in a range of housing solutions to meet all needs.
Back in February, I called for a report for City Council on recommendations for building new affordable rental housing at Block 36 North in CityPlace. Today, City Council voted to approve the development of Block 36 North, located at 150 Queen’s Wharf Road, as one of six sites in the City’s Housing Now program for building affordable housing.
Block 36 North is a block of City-owned, undeveloped land in CityPlace, located north of the Fort York Library branch. It’s the last piece of undeveloped land in the area, and was originally slated for affordable housing in 2015. However, a series of development challenges meant that the initial proposal to create 80 affordable rental units for low and moderate-income households was not able to proceed.
Now, with Council’s approval, affordable housing in Block 36 North will be able to proceed. City staff have confirmed that they are working hard to maximize the number of affordable homes in the project, above and beyond the 80 units previously planned.
I will share more details as soon as they become available.