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Old June 6th, 2010, 03:20 AM   #1
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Block 31 - Toronto Community Housing Corp (419 Fort York Blvd) | Cancelled | 44 st | ??? st | CityPlace

I came across this today.

Developer TCHC
Location : Cityplace but not part of thier sales

"The $110 million Block 31 complex forms the CIVIC & COMMUNITY CENTRE of the Toronto railway lands redevelopment. Located north of the Gardiner Expressway / Lakeshore Blvd. corridor between Bathurst and Spadina Streets, the complex condenses several civic projects into a unified entity.
The project incorporates 350,000 square feet of family housing in an area of predominantly small residential units and opens onto the large central park that extends westward to Bathurst Street.
The perimeter of the project organizes several public institutions on the street: a Toronto District School Board Elementary School, a Toronto Catholic District School Board Elementary School, a City of Toronto Child Services Daycare Centre, and a City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Public Recreation Centre. The public institutions are designed to interconnect to reduce operating costs and to share scheduling and facilities.
The project is meant to be a demonstration project for energy efficiency and sustainability. Joint venture architects MJMA and aA are working with Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH from Germany and Enermodal Engineering to achieve a LEED certification for the entire project and to propose an alternate civic form to the surrounding tower configurations.
The project is based on courtyard models that structure public space around usable public space connected directly to both the street and park surroundings.


Client/Owner City of Toronto
Toronto Community Housing Corporation
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
City of Toronto Child Services
City of Toronto Park, Forestry & Recreation


Project Area 510,000 sq.ft.
Construction Cost $110,000,000"








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Old June 6th, 2010, 04:42 AM   #2
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This design was canned because of the new CityPlace NIMBYs that didn't want a tall building full of poor people blocking their views of the lake.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 04:58 AM   #3
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Good, the design was horrible anyways. Those balconies strewn randomly throughout the face of the tower looks abysmal. Who the hell would approve a design like that?
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Old June 7th, 2010, 02:01 AM   #4
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Usually I'm not a fan of the jutting out balconies either but in this case it was an interesting design. Did anybody else notice that the balconies were floor to ceiling glass? A novel approach I don't think's been used before in this city.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 02:03 AM   #5
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I kind of like it, too. The name seems a bit prison-like, however.
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Old June 7th, 2010, 03:07 AM   #6
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I kind of like it, too. The name seems a bit prison-like, however.
Thats seems to be the motif for this building =P
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Old June 7th, 2010, 03:56 AM   #7
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This one is kind of good I think. 8/10

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Old June 24th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #8
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very 60's style but even better.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 10:11 AM   #9
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Posted by sammo.

Saw some li'l toys rummaging around in Block31 today.

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Neighbourhood plan courtesy of interchange42 at UT.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 03:33 PM   #10
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thanks Elk.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 05:02 AM   #11
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Old September 10th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #12
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so what are they building here now?
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Old September 11th, 2010, 09:15 AM   #13
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TCHC community housing (aka subsidized housing) but redesigned from the earlier scheme after the market-housing neighbours (aka condo dwellers) went ballistic. No new renders have been released yet.
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Old September 21st, 2010, 04:10 AM   #14
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there is construction here everyday. with no plans, I wonder what they are doing
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Old September 21st, 2010, 04:44 AM   #15
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As far as prisons go I like it.
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Old September 21st, 2010, 08:48 AM   #16
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Good, the design was horrible anyways. Those balconies strewn randomly throughout the face of the tower looks abysmal. Who the hell would approve a design like that?
The same guys who approved Boutique.

The random balcony thing is done much better here, esp with the full floor frosted glazing... that's something MVRDV would do
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Old September 24th, 2010, 07:30 AM   #17
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I just want a library and a community centre =P
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Old September 25th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #18
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Library is on another block. I guess we can call this one under construction. (whatever it may be)
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Old September 27th, 2011, 03:23 PM   #19
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TCHC; Railway Lands Block 31 falls victim of the city's budget crisis...RIP to this design. I was actually looking forward to it. Hopefully, this site re-incarnates well.

http://www.thestar.com/news/article/...ousing-project

TCHC scraps housing project

Published On Mon Sep 26 2011
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The city’s housing company has given up plans to build a 322-unit affordable housing building in the Railways Lands condominium development west of the Rogers Centre.

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It was to be home to a 43-storey affordable housing building, but — citing a lack of funding — the Toronto Community Housing Corp. has turned back the site to the city, and the city is now pondering what to do.
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A member of council’s affordable housing committee said he fears Mayor Rob Ford’s administration wants to sell the site to shore up the city’s finances.

Councillor Joe Mihevc’s first reaction was negative. “They want to monetize it; you can smell that a mile away,” he said. But later in the day, after researching the issue, he concluded the project would cost $40 million and eat up almost half of the $108 million recently allocated for affordable housing in Toronto by the province and the federal government.
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Two schools, a community centre and daycare are also to be built on the site, now a hole in the ground, and construction must begin to utilize $38.5 million already raised from development charges to build the facilities, Vaughan said.

“We don’t have sufficient provincial or federal funding to build public housing on site. We’re going to sell to a private developer,” he said. “I would rather put the money from that back into public housing somewhere else, but my guess is they’ll use it to balance the budget.”
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The city is seeking a partner to build the entire development, but it’s unclear what proportion of the units, if any, would be affordable.

City real estate director Joe Casali said the land may be sold if a market condominium ends up as the housing type. Another possibility is a system of mixed ownership involving the city, school boards and a private developer.
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