Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the City of Toronto and Context Development have entered into an agreement to redevelop the existing TCH property at 1555-1575 Queen Street East in the Queen Coxwell neighbourhood. This is the first agreement of its type as Toronto mobilizes its public assets to improve housing affordability in the city.
120 existing Toronto Community Housing rent-geared-to-income (RGI) apartments will be replaced by 120 RGI units, 50 Affordable rental units operated by a non-profit, 50 privately-owned affordable rental units and 183 market rental units, plus 363 condominium units. 16,000 sq ft of retail commercial space will also be included in the scheme. This will result in an increase from 120 units on site to 766 units after the revitalization is completed.
A joint OPA and rezoning application was submitted to City Planning in November 2019 with a resubmission in April 2020. This planning application will be at the Toronto East York Community Council in July and Toronto City Council will likely vote on the planning approvals at its July meeting.
Toronto Community Housing tenants currently living in the two existing TCHC buildings will be relocated to suitable accommodation at other TCHC properties. Eligible tenants will have the right to return to the community once the revitalization is completed.
Tenants and local residential and commercial neighbours have been invited to public open houses and planning meetings. Facilitators have been engaged to assist with tenant and community engagement. The Queen Coxwell Revitalization will be considered by the Toronto and East York Community Council and Toronto City Council likely in July.
The Queen Coxwell redevelopment will result in a mix of incomes and family sizes living in a vibrant new community in the Queen / Coxwell area. This project will also revitalize commercial activity in this stretch of Queen Street East. This site is well-served by public transit, local and regional parks and community service and recreation amenities.
The revitalization will include substantial legacy benefits: a $100,000 scholarship fund, a $250,000 economic and social development fund, and a minimum of $500,000 in value for job opportunities for TCHC tenants; all part of a Community Economic Development plan.
To date we have heard from hundreds of local residents and business owners. Many support the Queen Coxwell Revitalization, some others are undecided and they have questions about the project. Click on the button below to see our Frequently Asked Questions document.