With suburban nodes outside of Toronto intensifying at a frenzied pace fueled by condo construction, the demand for affordable housing has seen a recent spike. Peel Builds (Peel’s equivalent to TCHC) has been building social housing since 1979, assisted by funding from various levels of government. However, the Greater Toronto Area continues to draw residents in record numbers, resulting in a recent shortage of community housing. Peel Builds is addressing this shortage with Norton Lake Residence — a 25-storey residential tower geared towards lower income families and seniors. Located at 1155 Queen Street East in Brampton, the HCA Architecture designed project is now in its final stages of construction and on schedule for early 2013 completion.
This project hasn't exactly been high profile on UrbanToronto, so a quick briefing is probably in order here. The four-acre site was acquired by Peel Region from Branch 609 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Excavation began in May 2011 and by September of that same year, concrete pouring had started. Over a year later, the structure has topped off, the crane has been dismantled and the precast and multi-coloured spandrel cladding is nearing the top.
Once completed, Norton Lake Residence will be the largest public housing project in Peel Region. The building itself will house 200 units; 144 for families and 56 for senior citizens. Located steps from Bramalea City Centre, the residents at Norton Lake will have easy access to food shopping and much more, simply by crossing the street.
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