This parking lot on Trenton and Cedarvale avenues in East York is the proposed location of a three-story modular building for people coming out of homelessness. Photo by Alan Shackleton.
By ALI RAZA, reporter at the Local Journalism Initiative
A three-story building designed for people coming out of planned homelessness in eastern Toronto has been a hot topic for local residents who have expressed several concerns about future occupants.
Residents are once again invited to a virtual community engagement session on Monday, May 3, with Beaches-East York Councilor Brad Bradford and city staff to ask questions and receive feedback on the proposed modular housing construction for Trenton and Cedarvale avenues in the east. York.
The modular housing construction – which allows the building to be erected faster than usual – will include around 64 studios, self-catering, with a twin bed, a private kitchen and a bathroom. The building will also include a laundry room, a public kitchen and dining room, program space and administrative offices.
It will be administered by non-profit groups pending a request for proposal.
Bradford said he has consistently engaged with community members on the project after hearing concerns raised at the last meeting about the building.
“We have organized meetings for our four sub-groups to deepen the areas where we heard the most comments: safety, parking, schools and the impacts on sports and recreation,” he said. -he declares.
“I met regularly with city staff to get updates on the project and relay the feedback I received over the phone, inbox and online. There have been thousands of points of contact with the community on this.
In the first two online meetings, while some residents expressed safety concerns, these were widely addressed by city staff who informed residents that modular buildings are not ‘havens for the homeless’. shelter ‘but in fact an affordable type of housing that has proven to be a successful model. resolve homelessness in other areas of Toronto and Vancouver.
However, other concerns remain to be addressed. These include concerns that there will be a significant loss of parking given that the area proposed for the building is currently a parking lot. The possibility of more on-street parking has also raised safety concerns for pedestrians, cyclists and children in the area, given that there is an elementary school and sports fields in the area. across the street.
The Trenton site was chosen from a list of 40 lands owned by the city. The city is unable to build modular housing on land it does not own.
“I look forward to receiving feedback on the consultation process so far and any project updates that the municipal staff team will bring forward,” Bradford said.
“While there is still a lot of work to be done, we are moving forward in a positive way and in a way that will respond to feedback from the local community while moving forward to ensure that this much-needed and essential housing is built. “
The virtual community engagement session will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3.
Residents interested in participating are asked to visit the city’s project webpage at https://bit.ly/3vypmbr register on the day of the meeting.
Ali Raza is a reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative for Beach Metro News. His reporting is funded by the Government of Canada through its Local Journalism Initiative.