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Building Healthy Places: Developing Mixed-Income and Multi-Use Communities in Toronto’s Priority Neighbourhoods

May 20, 2014
by Canadian Architect

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, come together with Toronto Community Housing and local developers Daniels, Tridel and Context to discuss the urban makeovers of Regent Park, Alexandra Park and Lawrence Heights.

While presenting unique challenges, these urban renewal projects are setting new standards for the development of socially mixed neighbourhoods: reconnecting them back to the fabric of the city by seamlessly mixing uses, architectural styles and income levels within the redeveloped community.

Bud Purves, Chair, Toronto Community Housing will begin the discussion by providing an overview on the mission of Toronto Community Housing. This will be followed with presentations from three developers whose partnership with Toronto Community Housing has been instrumental in creating the desired mixed-use, mixed-income communities.

Regent Park:  Remo Agostino, Vice President Development at The Daniels Corporation, will review the Regent Park Revitalization. A joint venture between Toronto Community Housing, Daniels and The City of Toronto, the revitalization is rebuilding the neighbourhood for 12,500 residents over 15 years. The revitalization plans include community facilities and adding new affordable rental and affordable home ownership opportunities transforming what was once solely a social-housing development into a self-sufficient, mixed-income multi-use community.

Alexandra Park:  Stephen Upton, Vice President of Planning and Development at Tridel, will review the first development phase at Alexandra Park, a diverse community located in the heart of Toronto’s downtown, surrounded by the vibrant neighbourhoods of Kensington Market, Chinatown and West Queen West. Tridel was awarded the opportunity to work with Toronto Community Housing for Phase 1, which will involve the construction of two market condominium buildings and 61 rent-geared-to-income (RGI) replacement rental townhouses that will be managed by the Atkinson Housing Co-operative.

Lawrence Heights:  Howard Cohen, President of Context Developments, will provide an overview on the Lawrence Heights Revitalization project, a Toronto Community Housing neighbourhood located between the Lawrence West and Yorkdale subway stations along both sides of the Allen Expressway. Toronto Community Housing selected Context and Metropia as the corporation’s developer partner and construction manager for Phase 1 of the Lawrence Heights revitalization. Phase 1 will cover 25 acres (10 hectares) and will include the replacement of 233 Toronto Community Housing rent-geared-to-income units and the addition of new market condominiums and townhomes, as well as new retail space and parkland.

The event takes place in the Ada Slaight Hall + Artscape Lounge at Regent Park Daniels Spectrum, located at 585 Dundas Street East in Toronto. Registration and networking takes place from 5:30pm to 6:00pm, followed by the discussion and a Q&A session. From 7:30pm to 8:30pm, a tour of Regent Park will be enjoyed by ULI members, followed by a post-tour discussion. Registration is required for the members-only tour.

Admission is $55 for ULI members; $40 for the public sector and young leaders (ULI members under 35); $20 for students, and $80 for non-members.

The last day to register is Monday, May 19, 2014.

For more information and to register, please visit

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