Fifty-nine prefabricated studio apartments arrived Wednesday at a modular housing development site in the city of Toronto, ready to be assembled into a new three-story permanent support housing development.
The apartments, located at 540 Cedervale Avenue in East York, caused a stir last year after local residents objected to the loss of the parking lot previously on the site. But the city continued to provide the new units that will provide housing to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
“Building more affordable and supportive housing remains a top priority for me as mayor and for our city,” said Mayor John Tory. “A large part of that work involves finding new and innovative methods to realize affordable housing as quickly as possible. Modular Housing has proven to be a unique concept that allows us to realize homes in months, not years.”
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The studios, each built in a factory and then transported to the Cedarvale site for assembly, have their own kitchen and bathroom. Once completed, the building will be run by a non-profit housing corporation that will oversee community amenities for residents, such as the dining room, programming room and commercial kitchen used to provide on-site meals for residents.
“540 Cedarvale will be a place of opportunity and a new beginning for Torontonians who are left homeless,” said Councilman Brad Bradford.
The new development is part of the city council’s COVID-19 response plan for housing and homelessness, which aimed to create 3,000 new affordable and supportive homes by 2021 and 2022. The city says it is now on track to meet that target. with a total of 3,300 homes expected to be completed by the end of the year, subject to confirmation from provincial funding.
When the city announced its intention to redevelop the East York site, local residents quickly spoke out about safety and density concerns. The parking lot, located across the street from a school, recreation center, public swimming pool and park, was not an appropriate choice, residents said. During a protest held last February, residents told Global News that the plot was a community “node”, with one resident adding that it was not suitable for “people going through the most disturbing and difficult times of the world.” going about their lives with addiction and mental health issues.”
The city has already completed two other modular buildings, one at 11 Macey Avenue and the other at 321 Dovercourt Road, for a total of 100 homes. In addition to the Cedarvale site, two more are in the works – one at 39 Dundalk Drive, with 57 units, and another at 175 Cummer Avenue with a planned 59 apartments.
Laura has covered real estate in Toronto, New York City, Miami and Los Angeles. Before coming to STOREYS as a staff writer, she worked as a Toronto Urbanized Editor for Daily Hive.
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