As part of its commitment to providing safe, clean, well-maintained homes to all tenants and avoid the permanent closure of units, Toronto Community Housing has begun to develop a master plan to revitalize, rebuild and renew the Firgrove-Grassways community.
Toronto Community Housing has been working closely with tenants and stakeholders to develop the master plan. The plan is needed before Toronto Community Housing can demolish and replace the 236 townhome units in Firgrove, including those on Firgrove Crescent that were vacated in 2017.
TCHC has been developing the master plan in consultation with Firgrove tenants, local stakeholders and the City of Toronto. As the plan is further developed, TCHC will run an open, fair and transparent competition to test the interest for a potential development partner.
Firgrove-Grassways is bound by Jane Street to the east, Firgrove Crescent to the south, Firgrove Public School to the west, and Firgrove Crescent to the north.
Firgrove-Grassways: by the numbers
- Total Size: 7.7 acres
- RGI Townhomes to be Replaced: 236
- RGI Apartment Units to be Refurbished: 137
- RGI Townhomes to be Refurbished: 15
- Master Plan Process Start Date: July 2018
- Anticipated Master Plan Process Completion Date: Late 2019 / Early 2020
Frequently asked questions
What are the benefits of the master plan process?
Toronto Community Housing has committed to creating a master plan to rebuild and renew the Firgrove-Grassways community. The master plan process ensures that TCHC tenants play an active role in how their community looks, feels and supports social connections.
Who is managing the master plan process?
- TCHC's Development Division is managing the master plan process in partnership with the Facilities Management Division.
- A professional planning firm, The Planning Partnership, has been hired by TCHC to work with tenants to create the master plan.
- LGA Architectural Partners will be supporting The Planning Partnership in preparing the master plan.
- TCHC's Tenant and Community Services Division is providing tenant engagement support to the master plan.
What is the current status of the master plan and Revitalization?
The master plan that was developed with TCHC tenants was presented to the Firgrove community on January 22, 2019. A new approvals framework for TCHC revitalization projects was approved by City Council in July 2019. The new framework requires City Council approval of an Initial Development Proposal report before a planning application is submitted. The Initial Development Proposal report for Firgrove is currently being reviewed by the City and approval is anticipated in Fall 2019 / Early 2020.
Where will funding come from?
Funding of the Firgrove-Grassways revitalization will be determined in conjunction with the City of Toronto's annual budget process.
Further, in the September 12th, 2019 report to the TCHC Board of Directors, staff recommended the following: "that the Firgrove Revitalization proceed and pursue funding from all levels of government to fund the shortfall, and seek funding opportunities and partnerships that will add additional affordable housing units and an expanded community space to the Firgrove community."
What are the next steps in the process?
- End of 2019 / Early 2020 – City of Toronto to review Initial Development Proposal report
- 2020 – Submit Planning Applications to City of Toronto
- 2020 – Continue to work with tenants, the broader community, and City to refine and detail the plans for revitalization.
Will there be TCHC staff on site to support tenants with the planning process?
Yes, staff from various TCHC departments will be present at all planning sessions.
Who can I contact for more information?
TCHC has set up a Revitalization Office located at 22 Needle Firway where staff are able to answer questions from tenants. The Revitalization Office is open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Contact details for Revitalization staff are also listed below.
Community Revitalization Assistant
Community Revitalization Assistant
Manager, Revitalization and Renewal Communities
|Document Description||Issue Date|
|Firgrove Focus newsletter - August 2019||August, 2019|
Firgrove Focus newsletter - May 2019
|Firgrove Focus newsletter - February 2019 ||February, 2019|
|What We Heard - Report from Tenant Community Workshop #3||December 13, 2018|
|Firgrove Focus newsletter - December 2018||December 12, 2018|
|What We Heard - Report from Tenant Community Workshop #2||October 11, 2018|
|Firgrove Focus newsletter - September 2018 ||October 04, 2018|
|Community Workshop #2 Q&A ||October 01, 2018|
|Presentation from Tenant Community Workshop #2||August 28, 2018|
|Key Facts about the Master Plan Process||August 17, 2018|
|What We Heard – Report from Tenant Community Workshop #1||July, 2018|
|Firgrove Focus – Community Newsletter – July 2018 Issue||July, 2018|
|Master Plan Backgrounder||July 5, 2018|