Toronto Community Housing has announced plans for the second phase of Regent Park’s revitalization, including the selection of The Daniels Corporation as developer and construction partner for phase two and all future phases. Architects confirmed for phase two include Quadrangle Architects Ltd., Wallman Architects, Diamond and Schmitt Architects and Hariri Pontarini Architects.
Plans for phase two feature a new community centre located beside Nelson Mandela Park School. The new community centre will provide improved and expanded recreation programs as well as a central hub for employment and enterprise services. Public consultations and building design are expected to start in 2009.
The first two phases, which include a range of high-rise, mid-rise and grade-related buildings, will combine to cover 30 acres of the revitalization, with pedestrian-friendly streets reconnecting Regent Park with surrounding neighbourhoods.
Phase two will include state-of-the-art facilities for residents, community groups, and neighbours, including an aquatic centre and strong retail frontage on Dundas Street East. Final design will also begin on a large central park located between Dundas Street East and Oak Street, bound by Sackville Street to the west and Sumach Street to the east with construction slated for 2010.
Phase two also includes the new Regent Park Children and Youth Hub, a family-oriented facility that will house Parents for Better Beginnings, Regent Park Focus and the Regent Park Daycare. Construction of the hub will begin this May 2009.
Regent Park residents helped shape the phase two plan through a consultation process that began in fall 2008. The community will soon learn more about the new rental buildings and timelines through community meetings and newsletters. When it comes time for tenants to move, they will receive no less than five months notice and they will have the opportunity to choose from different options for a relocation unit.
Regent Park Revitalization is a six-phase, 15-year, $1-billion strategy that will transform Canada’s largest publicly funded community into a healthier mixed residential community for 12,500 people in 5,115 units. Phase one of the revitalization will include approximately 640 market condominiums and 340 mixed social housing units in the area bordered by Parliament, Oak, Sackville and Dundas Streets. Construction on phase one began in 2006. The first new rental buildings will be ready for occupancy this spring and summer, and OneCole, the first condominium, will be ready for move-in this fall.
380 households from phase one – about 1,160 residents – were relocated. All residents who are relocated to make way for demolition and construction have the right to return once new buildings are completed. All moving and related costs are paid by Toronto Community Housing.