Lawrence Heights revitalization plan gets green light

Lawrence Heights revitalization plan gets green light

December 01, 2011

Toronto Community Housing welcomes City Council�s strong endorsement of the Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan as a milestone that will enable the revitalization of Lawrence Heights to move forward.

Toronto Community Housing has been working with tenants, the City of Toronto, the local councillor, and the neighbouring community for the past four years to create a multi-phase plan for replacing the outdated housing in Lawrence Heights with a vibrant, mixed community..� City Council�s vote to approve the secondary plan means Toronto Community Housing can begin the project�s next steps, which in 2012 will include completing zoning approvals for phase 1 and working with the City of Toronto to secure funding for the public infrastructure for phase 1.

Revitalization will replace the aging 1,208 social housing units in Lawrence Heights with new, quality, energy-efficient homes side-by-side with 4,100 new units of market housing. It will improve education, employment, commercial and recreational opportunities for everyone in the Lawrence-Allen area. Revitalization will create a community that is well integrated with surrounding neighbourhoods, supported by good community and physical infrastructure, and close to transit.

Toronto Community Housing is leading the revitalization and, through the sale of market housing with the private sector, will invest $350 million in new social housing.�

Toronto Community Housing has unique experience in making revitalization happen. We are working with private sector developers in Allenbury Gardens (Fram Building Group), the Railway Lands (Context), Regent Park (Daniels) and Leslie Nymark (Tridel) to revitalize those communities by building new, quality housing for tenants, attracting new community amenities, and creating job and training opportunities for tenants.� We look forward to the opportunity to do the same in Lawrence Heights.

The replacement housing will be built gradually over the next 20 years. Construction of the first buildings could begin as early as 2014.


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�The Lawrence-Allen Secondary Plan is the result of years of work on the part of tenants, local residents, community agencies, the City, and Toronto Community Housing. Community revitalization is the most lasting and effective way for us to improve the housing in Lawrence Heights and strengthen the community.�

�Len Koroneos, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing

�Revitalization is a chance to build homes that meet the needs of families and seniors in Lawrence Heights. But revitalization is about more than new housing�it�s about providing better access to educational, commercial, social and recreational opportunities for the whole community. It�s about building great neighbourhoods.�

�Len Koroneos, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing

"Today our tireless knock has been answered and new life is on the horizon. We will patiently await the next steps because our children so desperately depend on this."

�Community Leader� Andrew "Jaydahmann" Cox

�My community is very important to me and it holds an abundance of culture, knowledge and most importantly social value. However, I want to enjoy my community but I have to deal with the social stigmas that are attached to Lawrence Heights. With the secondary plan and the vision in place to revitalize, I am optimistic that the problems that exist would be history for me and the community at large.�

�Trudy-Ann Powell, Lawrence Heights Youth Tenant Representative and
Tenant Community Animator

About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes�about six per cent of Toronto's population. Toronto Community Housing and its subsidiaries employ 1,400 staff in a broad range of jobs, who deliver its mission to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities.