Approved by staff: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.TE34.16
(also interesting that staff are now not only stipulating % of 3 bed units, but also that they must be at least a certain size, in this case a minimum of 79 sq m, or 850 sq ft.)
Finally! I was hoping the city would do this. Karma, for instance, has a 3-bedroom, 1 bath layout at around 800 sq. ft. that would be appropriate in a cheap rooming house.
How is 3 bedroom, one bath at 800sf a cheap rooming house?
I grew up in exactly such a place (family of 4). Never felt too cramped if the layout is not bad.
There are plenty of 2b2b units with around 700sf of space downtown. People really don't need that much space to have an urban life.
This is not what I would call the Canadian space standard. Only in our very largest cities are we expected to live in such tiny spaces, and even in Toronto, this trend is quite new. I would leave immediately if I were forced to live in the way you describe. Until she moved into a retirement home, my mother lived in a brand-new, fully equipped 800 sq. ft. one bedroom for $550 a month, utilities included, in a prosperous mid-sized town in QuÃ©bec.
It may be that "in Toronto, this trend is quite new," but the future is rushing headlong at us. Only the upper tier of earners among us will be able to afford more. What space you can afford in rural Ontario or Quebec has zero bearing on the realities of real estate and amenities in the thriving downtown core of a large city.
Toronto has a serious deficiency in housing pool?
Council also gave the nod to a 36-storey mixed-use development at 57 Spadina Ave, just south of King Street West. The project, by Diamond Corp and Allied Properties REIT, will see the replacement of an existing two-storey Winners location (built in 1900) with 313 residential units, 18k SF of street-level retail space, and 35k SF of office space—designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects.