July 26, 2014
Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation, MLSE Foundation and representatives from the City of Toronto joined local residents to celebrate the beginning of Phase Three of the Regent Park Revitalization.
Regent Park is the ground-breaking example of Toronto Community Housing’s approach to city building. Working together with its many partners, the company is transforming aging housing infrastructure into a successful, mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood, with rental buildings, market condominium buildings, townhomes, commercial space, community facilities, active parks and open space.
In phases three through five, Toronto Community Housing will be accelerating the construction of rental buildings so that residents can move into their new homes in Regent Park as quickly as possible. A key highlight of Phase Three will be the 2.8-acre (1.1-hectare) Regent Park Athletic Grounds, with primary funding support from MLSE Foundation and the City of Toronto, as well as support from The Daniels Corporation.
This new athletic space, developed through extensive community consultations and unveiled today by Regent Park students, will feature a refurbished hockey rink, a new basketball court, a new soccer/cricket pitch and a running track.
“The MLSE Foundation believes that all kids should have access to sport and the opportunity to develop lasting dreams on the playing field. The redevelopment of these athletic grounds in Regent Park is a key part of that vision," said Michael Bartlett, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation. "We are proud to be the leading funder of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds. The launch of Phase Three is an exciting time for the MLSE Foundation, Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation as it marks the commitment we all have to this project to positively impact youth in this area by giving them a chance to play.”
In Phase Three, Toronto Community Housing, in partnership with its residential development partner The Daniels Corporation, will build 614 rent-geared-to-income units, approximately 50 new affordable rental units, and six new market condominium buildings.
Revitalization will also continue to connect residents to social and economic opportunities. To date, there have been over 700 jobs created for Regent Park residents.