Don Mount Court / Rivertowne
The revitalized Don Mount Court/Rivertowne community was Toronto Community Housing’s first public housing development to be rebuilt as a mixed-income community. Revitalization transformed one of the city’s oldest public housing communities into a dynamic mixed-income neighbourhood. Located in south Riverdale on the city’s east side, Don Mount Court/Rivertowne demonstrates the success of Revitalization as a way to provide better homes and better neighbourhoods that make Toronto a better place to live.
Don Mount Court/Rivertowne brings together urban condominium townhomes and a modern community housing redevelopment on new public streets with landscaped boulevards, courtyards and pedestrian walkways. The new community also includes the extension of Munro Street to connect Queen Street East with Dundas Street and the creation of a two-acre neighbourhood park.
In 2000, an engineering study revealed extensive concrete deterioration and the need to take action to ensure resident safety and meet provincial housing standards. Based on tenant and community input and engineering advice, Toronto Community Housing decided to revitalize Don Mount Court as a mixed-income community, including both rental and ownership housing.
This Revitalization was completed with support from the City of Toronto and the Ontario government. A consultation process involved tenants of Don Mount Court, local residents, businesses and community agencies through advisory committees, public meetings and open houses over five years, to ensure that local residents were able to help shape the final design of the new community.
The Don Mount Court/Rivertowne Revitalization was completed in 2012 with the opening of Joel Weeks Park, which features renewed basketball courts, a new playground and a water play area. The completed community features 232 rental units and 187 condominium units. The Toronto Community Housing rental townhomes and four-storey apartment building include a mix of one to five bedroom units, including wheelchair accessible units, and were designed in the height and style of surrounding low-rise buildings, to blend in with the market housing.