Affordable rental apartments are coming to the rail lands. The Toronto City Housing Corporation (TCHC) has started construction on Block 32 & 36 which will consist of a 40 storey rental tower and another tower of undetermined hight. The development is being built on land given to the city by CNR when it sold its railway lands for development. The rest of the rail lands are being developed as CityPlace by Concord Adex.

Construction will start shortly on Block 31 which will contain a 325 unit afforable housing tower, a public and Catholic school, and a community centre and daycare. The following map shows where Block 32, 36 and 31 sit in comparison to CityPlace. 

Here's an older graphic used for building placement and massing purposes only. 

Work has begun now due to funding arriving from the federal/provincial economic stimulus packages. Future sales of condos developed by the TCHC will allow for the funding of further affordable units in the future. This is the method the city first used when redeveloping Regent Park.

Here are some recent shots of Block 32 and 36 by forum member Red Mars. 

Image courtesy of Red Mars

Image courtesy of Red Mars

We were not able to source renderings for these projects. But recent TCHC projects (see here and here) have impressed design wise so hopefully the same will take place here as well.

Related Companies:  Bluescape Construction Management, CFMS Consulting Inc., Context Development, KPMB Architects, LiveRoof Ontario Inc, Toronto Community Housing Corporation