Regent Park Request for Proposals - Phases 4 and 5

Regent Park Request for Proposals - Phases 4 and 5

Revitalization in Regent Park is transforming our community into a mixed-income neighbourhood with new residential buildings, retail, community facilities and parks.


Toronto Community Housing is engaging in a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to select a developer partner for the Phases 4 and 5 lands in Regent Park. You can find the Request for Proposals for a Developer Partner for Regent Park Revitalization Phases 4 and 5 listed here

In order to involve residents in the selection process, TCHC hosted presentations on Saturday October 5th in which proponents presented their vision for the community, their community economic development plan, and their plan to engage residents.

Approximately 225 residents attended the all-day event at the Regent Park Community Centre and scored the presentations.  The presentation scores were incorporated into the overall score of each proposal to determine the shortlisted proponents. The shortlisted proponents are:

  • Capital Developments
  • The Daniels Corporation
  • Tridel Builders Inc.

Without resident participation in the developer presentation and scoring, this result would not be possible; resident and staff scores ensured that TCHC will negotiate with all three proponents in the next steps of the RFP.

The next step in the RFP process are the concurrent negotiations.  After negotiations are complete, proponents will submit their Best and Final Offers. TCHC will recommend the highest scoring proponent to the TCHC Board for approval. Pending TCHC Board approval, TCHC will then sign a "Memorandum of Understanding" (MOU) with the selected developer. Following the MOU phase, we will announce our developer partner for Phases 4 and 5.


Report on RFP Community Conversations:

As part of the Regent Park Request for Proposals (RFP) process the Developer Proponents requested the opportunity to engage community members to understand community concerns, priorities, interests and hopes for the development of Phases 4 & 5 of Regent Park.

The Developer Proponents provided questions to be asked of the community as part of an engagement strategy led by Toronto Community Housing (TCH).  The resident feedback was documented and is presented in the report linked below.  This report was provided to the Developer Proponents for their information and to support the development of their RFP submissions.


Community Vision Documents:

What is the Request for Proposals for Regent Park?
Toronto Community Housing is engaging in a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to select a developer partner for the Phase 4 and 5 lands in Regent Park. As part of the RFP, Regent Park residents participated in an open and fair process to score presentations by the potential developer partners.

Who could attend the presentation and score the developers?
Only residents of Regent Park, who were at least 16 years old, were eligible to score the potential developers. At registration tenants were requested to provide valid identification for this purpose.

What forms of identification were accepted?
  • Government ID with name and address (e.g. Driver’s License)
  • Government ID with name plus proof of address (e.g. Health Card plus one piece of mail)
When was the Request for Proposals (RFP)  issued for Phases 4 and 5?
The second stage to the RFP was released on April 9, 2019.

Were residents involved in the selection process?
Yes. The shortlisted proponents each made a presentation to Regent Park residents on their vision for the revitalization, their proposed community engagement process, how they would support community economic development, and their answers to a series of questions. Residents then evaluated each developer proponent. Resident scores were incorporated in the final RFP evaluation score. 

When will construction begin on Phases 4 and 5?
Once TCHC has a developer partner in place for Phases 4 and 5, TCHC will work with City staff to identify and obtain the required municipal approvals so that construction can begin.  The final Phase 3 TCHC rental building is still under design.  

In addition to residential units, what types of community spaces are being considered for Phases 4 and 5?
The public engagement process conducted for Phases 3, 4 and 5 as part of the rezoning process anticipated that Phases 4 and 5 would have a residential focus, with some commercial/retail space at street level. The plan is to reserve an additional 1,000 square metres of space that could be used for community uses on the ground floor of a future new building, should capital funds be available. TCHC was also approached by the Toronto Public Library, which is considering relocating the Parliament Street Library as part of Phases 4 and 5, in future. TCHC is committed to reserving space for community use as part of its revitalization. It will consider options through a Request for Expressions of Interest process.

Will the developer partner for Phases 4 and 5 contribute to the social development plan for Regent Park?
An important element of the developer selection process is to ensure proponents demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting social and economic benefits for TCHC tenants. It is expected that the developer partner will formalize an arrangement that will include the community's input in the process to monitor deliverables. 

Will the developer partner for Phases 4 and 5 contribute to the community economic development plan for Regent Park?
Community economic development (CED) is an important component of the RFP and proponents will be evaluated on their proposals for contributing to and supporting CED. TCHC will work with the Phase 4 and 5 developer partner and the community to establish a framework for monitoring community economic development commitments.

What is the role of the Revite Working Group (RWG)?
The mandate of the Regent Park Revitalization Working Group is to represent community interests. You can read the Revite Working Group's Mandate for more information.  TCHC values the Regent Park community's input into the developer selection process and will involve the community in the process of selecting a developer partner. To that end, we have been working with the Revite Working Group to ensure the input of the community is represented. TCHC is also working with local Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, City officials and other stakeholders. 


Where can I learn more about revitalization?

Call: 416-981-4311 (Regent Park Hotline)

For General Maintenance Requests Call: 416-981-5500

Email: talkregentpark@torontohousing.ca


The Revitalization Working Group:

Purpose

The purpose of the Regent Park Revitalization Working Group ("Revite Working Group") is to:

  • Understand and prioritize issues directly related to the Revitalization of Regent Park
    • Focusing on two key priorities initially:
      1.) Development of a fair, transparent and useful process for community members to be engaged in the Phase 4 & 5 "Request for Proposals" process to select a developer partner, including attendance at a community presentation

      2.) The development of a fair process for the selection of an organization or organizations that would use potential community space in Phase 4 & 5

  • Be informed through "Lessons Learned", community-based research and community engagement about issues and concerns

  • Create a space for stakeholders to work together in the co-creation of recommendations directed to Toronto Community Housing with the specific aim of solving and/or addressing concerns and issues and to broadly make Regent Park an even better place to live, learn, work, grow and play

  • Report back to the broader community, including residents, agencies, organizations and institutions in the community about the work being done to improve revitalization with the hope of an even better Regent Park

Goals and Outcomes

The Revite Working Group should aim to:

  • Learn about and be an interface with the community about revitalization-specific issues, concerns, or goals
  • Communicate to stakeholders, including especially Toronto Community Housing, about issues, concerns and goals
  • Create specific recommendations for investigation or action aimed at Toronto Community Housing to improve revitalization

In the links below please find important documents that relate to the Revitalization Working Group: