One of the major differences between this revitalization and Regent Park is zero displacement. Residents are to be relocated on-site within vacant units or into new units.
Compared to regent park, another glaring difference is the 'crime' factor - there's not much of that here. What's the difference between the two ? Are the poverty levels different or is the demographic makeup the heart of the issue ?
Heads-up by Urbanation. Apartment buildings will range from 9-19 storeys.
On March 11, 2011, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) submitted Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning applications to permit the revitalization and redevelopment of Alexandra Park and Atkinson Housing Co-op. The master plan proposes to demolish and replace 333 townhouse and apartment units, renovate and retain 473 apartment units, and incorporate 1,540 market condominium and townhouse units. The master plan also proposes an extended public street network, a series of public parks, and private and shared outdoor amenity spaces.
Site plan: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/pdf/alexpark_siteplan.pdf
Landscape Plan: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/pdf/alexpark_masterplan.pdf
Phase Plan: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/pdf/alexpark_phasing.pdf
3D Models: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/pdf/alexpark_model01.pdf
Currently in the rezoning stage, the plan also calls for renovating 473 existing units, improved green space, new underground parking, and commercial and retail space.
Final planning approvals are expected by early next year, when requests for bids will go out.
Like Regent Park and Don Mount/Rivertowne, Toronto Community Housing’s other big-budget revitalization initiatives, the Alexandra Park project would leverage land value to generate funds for replacing and upgrading housing.
As to market-rate housing, some 1,530 new condo units and nearly a dozen townhouses are slated to be built around the site.
But at Alexandra Park, the first clusters of new housing would be built where there are now just parking lots and open space. People would move directly from their old units to the new — and the process would leapfrog from there, explains local councillor Adam Vaughan.
“It means the project will happen a bit slower,’’ says Vaughan — about 15 years to complete. But zero displacement was a principle residents insisted on. “That’s the most critical thing in this whole project.”
The seven-hectare site is tucked between Kensington Market and Queen Street W., and in terms of TCHC’s housing portfolio is among the highest in land value.