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Site announced today as part of phase 1 of the Housing Now initiative.

Currently a City of Toronto Social Services office.

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Image Credit: https://www.toronto.ca/community-pe...locations/beaches-employment-social-services/

Site is just east of Coxwell, south side of Queen Street.

Ideally would be redeveloped with the Harveys located to the east, and the TCHC site in the s/w quadrant of this block.
 
This is great news from both an urbanistic and affordable housing perspective. Queen East around Coxwell is where the solid urban fabric gets fragmented on both sides as it fades away from both Leslieville and the core Beaches neighbourhood. The Queen Ashbridge development replacing the Don Summerville apartments will help improve the section of it west of Coxwell. An enhanced usage and intensification of the eligible site here will definitely help as well.
 
This is great news from both an urbanistic and affordable housing perspective. Queen East around Coxwell is where the solid urban fabric gets fragmented on both sides as it fades away from both Leslieville and the core Beaches neighbourhood. The Queen Ashbridge development replacing the Don Summerville apartments will help improve the section of it west of Coxwell. An enhanced usage and intensification of the eligible site here will definitely help as well.

Adjacent to this site (just to the east) is the Cinema complex and Off-Track Betting location.

While I happen to like the cinema, and would miss it; it's not very well patronized.

That site is ripe for redevelopment as well.

It could provide needed housing, but also a full-service supermarket fronting Queen.
 
Adjacent to this site (just to the east) is the Cinema complex and Off-Track Betting location.

While I happen to like the cinema, and would miss it; it's not very well patronized.

That site is ripe for redevelopment as well.

It could provide needed housing, but also a full-service supermarket fronting Queen.

A larger format supermarket along Queen would be great to have. Especially for residents in the Beaches area. Bruno's is opening at Woodbine but it's more of a boutique style, and a couple other smaller ones are located further east. The Loblaws and Freshco on Eastern aren't too far away but I feel they are more of destinations by car. A larger grocery store on Queen would help alleviate that being right on the streetcar line.
 
Will this be a TCHC building? I need a rent geared to income place to live that isn't a cockroach infested shithole.
 
No, affordable housing in the various HousingNow sites have no involvement or relation with TCHC housing.
 
And barely a drop in the bucket toward addressing the problem.

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Maybe 15-25 phases?
May end up like the much heralded Tower Renewal project.
Multiple press releases, vision statements, stakeholder round tables, Post-it note dreamatoriums, one-off market days..
Not sure if they ever got around to renewing any towers.
 
CreateTO's website makes a preliminary estimate of this site as around 200 units, with 100 of them for affordable housing.

@HousingNowTO , will your group have volunteers participating in the community consultation meeting on December 7th?




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Meeting on Housing Now plan for Coxwell and Queen area set for Dec. 7

An online community consultation meeting on plans for a mixed-income, mixed-use development on Queen Street East near Coxwell Avenue is set for Dec. 7.

The city-owned property is located at 1631 Queen St. E., east of Coxwell Avenue and west of Eastern Avenue, on the south side.

Approved by Toronto City Council, the development is part the city’s Housing Now initiative aimed at increasing the supply of new affordable rental housing within mixed-income, mixed-use, and transit-oriented communities. A number of city properties were approved for Housing Now developments in May of this year.

The 1631 Queen St. E. redevelopment is still in early planning stages.

It will see an expansion of the Coxwell Early Learning and Child Care Centre and the relocation of the Beaches Employment and Social Services building. The east end of the redeveloped site will be landscaped open space informed by Indigenous design and engagement.

The landscaped open space portion of the development will be on what is now known as Kishigo Lane, a private laneway between Queen and Eastern.

Proposed for the site will be approximately 300 residential units, 150 of which will be affordable.

The child care centre will also expand from approximately 26 to 62 available spaces.

To take part in the Dec. 7 meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., call 416-216-5643 and enter access code 132 220 5576.

 
Meeting on Housing Now plan for Coxwell and Queen area set for Dec. 7

An online community consultation meeting on plans for a mixed-income, mixed-use development on Queen Street East near Coxwell Avenue is set for Dec. 7.

The city-owned property is located at 1631 Queen St. E., east of Coxwell Avenue and west of Eastern Avenue, on the south side.

Approved by Toronto City Council, the development is part the city’s Housing Now initiative aimed at increasing the supply of new affordable rental housing within mixed-income, mixed-use, and transit-oriented communities. A number of city properties were approved for Housing Now developments in May of this year.

The 1631 Queen St. E. redevelopment is still in early planning stages.

It will see an expansion of the Coxwell Early Learning and Child Care Centre and the relocation of the Beaches Employment and Social Services building. The east end of the redeveloped site will be landscaped open space informed by Indigenous design and engagement.

The landscaped open space portion of the development will be on what is now known as Kishigo Lane, a private laneway between Queen and Eastern.

Proposed for the site will be approximately 300 residential units, 150 of which will be affordable.

The child care centre will also expand from approximately 26 to 62 available spaces.

To take part in the Dec. 7 meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., call 416-216-5643 and enter access code 132 220 5576.


The above is great, as far as it goes.

But.............

Follow the link...........and it suggests the site of the current 1-storey Harvey's is being left out.

That's ridiculous.

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I don't know if an offer has been made on the site (it should have); but if an amicable negotiation can't be worked out, it should be expropriated.

It also doesn't show the existing TCHC building on Coxwell as included.

That is not reasonable.

The building is in sub-optimal condition; has a poor relationship to the street and is lower density than it could be.

The optimal land use for the site should include, at the minimum, every property except the Health Centre.

A reasonable case could be made for including the latter as well.
 
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