Toronto Community Housing is going beyond bricks and mortar to build clean, safe homes for our residents while creating vibrant communities where people can thrive.
By working together with the City of Toronto, our residents, our neighbours, and our private development partners, we are transforming aging housing infrastructure to build better homes, better neighbourhoods, and a better Toronto for all.
At 250 Davenport, Toronto Community Housing is using the proceeds from the sale of a portion of the land to revitalize the existing building with new windows and balcony doors, and improvements to the heating, cooling and building systems to increase quality of life for residents, while improving the existing open spaces around the building.
North side of Davenport Road, between Avenue Road and Bedford Road.
250 Davenport by the numbers:
Replaced Rental Units: 11
Refurbished Rental Units: 449
Construction Start Date: 2015
Total Size: 2.6 acres
Amenities: Improved open space around the existing building, new indoor community spaces
Development Partner: DiamondCorp/Metropia
Architect: TACT Architecture
Building Improvement surveys and workshops with residents
Building Retrofit Sustainable by Design workshop
Design workshop with building residents
Water Risers complete
Windows and Doors complete
Exterior cladding to be completed
Ongoing mechanical and electrical work to be completed
Underground garage renovations start
Elevator upgrade work continues
Demolition of west half of garage
All building renovation work complete
Construction of TCHC replacement townhouse block begins
Community Council Meeting: Preliminary Planning Report
Residents are welcome to attend the Toronto and East York Community Council meeting on November 10, 2015 at City Hall (100 Queen Street West, Committee Room 1) when the Council receives the Preliminary Planning Report for the redevelopment of 250 Davenport. This report gives the City Planning Division permission to start the public engagement process for the redevelopment of your building. This is not an approval of the redevelopment proposal.
You can read the report on the City of Toronto's website here [PDF].
Good Neighbours Food Market
The Good Neighbours Food Market, developed through a partnership between residents of 250 Davenport, the Church of the Messiah, Foodshare and Toronto Community Housing, is now open at 250 Davenport on Wednesdays between 3 and 6 p.m.
Transition 250: Our community action plan
Transition 250 is the social and economic development plan for 250 Davenport, which is an important part of the revitalization process. It was created by a working group made up of 250 Davenport residents, community agency partners and Toronto Community Housing staff. Transition 250 is a plan that allows us to focus on actions beyond physical improvements that need to be in place to make 250 Davenport a healthier place for all to live.
There are five key themes:
- Resident leadership
- Employment, income and food security
- Health and community services
- Connections or relationships
Computer Lab Program & Drop-in
Residents of 250 Davenport can access the computer lab to learn basic computer skills, surf on the internet for employment support, and use our printing services. Many also enjoy weekly social and community events. In partnership with Frontier College, two of our residents are trained as lab assistants to operate the lab. The computer lab is open Monday to Friday, from 3 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m.
Sunshine Centre for Seniors
Sunshine Centre for Seniors runs a weekly program at 250 Davenport every Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This program provides residents with a free meal, some fun and healthy activities, and a community where they can make friends. Special outings, such as a recent BBQ at Ward's Island, have become a favourite pasttime.
The Ave and Dav Rainbow Alliance is a grassroots group of LGBTQT2T2S residents and allies from 250 Davenport and the surrounding neighbourhood. Their goals are to foster their sense of community as LGBTQ2T2S members, to break down isolation and fear of acceptance, strengthen their personal safety, and enhance economic opportunities. The group aims to build a true sense of pride among all members of our community, particularly youth and Trans members.
A1 Dental Hygience
Dentists and associates from A1 Dental Hygiene provide affordable dental checkup and services to our residents all year.
Margaret's Place provides onsite counselling services to residents every Monday and Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m., and every second Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Building Renovations Drop-in Sessions
Toronto Community Housing staff holding drop-in sessions every other Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 250 Davenport lobby. Residents can come discuss the renovations and voice any concerns or matters that are related to the building renovations.
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