Item - 2013.EX33.17

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 16, 2013 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on July 3, 2013 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 16, 2013.

EX33.17 - Update and Next Steps of Proposed Redevelopment of Seaton House and Revitalization of George Street

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

City Council on July 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council approve in principle the redevelopment of Seaton House and authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services, to undertake the necessary due diligence required to proceed with the recommended option outlined in the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, including:

 

a.         develop detailed plans for new facilities to include an emergency shelter, a long-term care home and a service hub;

 

b.         consider potential uses of any surplus land for affordable housing with support services and a private sector partnership to help offset overall development costs;

 

c.         retain the professional services of a consulting team to continue with redevelopment plans, including but not limited to a heritage study, planning studies and approvals, site and building plans and approvals, detailed costing and the preparation of a procurement process;

 

d.         ensure that existing shelter beds are replaced as most appropriate for shelter clients' needs and in the context of the Housing Stability Service Plan to be brought forward to Council in the fall of 2013; and

 

e.         consult with the Province regarding the proposed uses and timing of the redevelopment of the provincial lands opposite the Seaton House property.

 

2.         City Council accept the Offers to Sell to the City from the owners of the properties outlined in Confidential Attachment E to the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, substantially on the terms and conditions as outlined in the report, and on such other terms and conditions as may be acceptable to the Chief Corporate Officer and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

3.         City Council authorize the public release of the confidential information and recommendations in Attachment E to the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, upon the closing of all of the project transactions.

 

4.         City Council direct that the 2013 Approved Capital Budget (CHSO31) for Shelter, Support and Housing Administration be increased by the acquisition price of the properties as outlined in the Confidential Attachment E to the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, funded from the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund (LARF) (XR-1012).

 

5.         City Council authorize severally each of the Chief Corporate Officer and the Director of Real Estate Services to accept the Offers on behalf of the City.

 

6.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to complete the transactions contemplated in the Offers to Sell on behalf of the City, including paying any necessary expenses, amending the closing, due diligence and other dates, and amending and waiving terms and conditions, on such terms as she considers reasonable.

 

7.         City Council authorize the Director, Real Estate Services to enter into negotiations with the owners of the remaining properties required to effect the development as proposed, and to report to Council at a later date, if necessary.

 

8.         City Council direct the General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services to meet with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Toronto Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) regarding an approval process that will enable the City of Toronto to incorporate the Seaton House project into its multi-year redevelopment plan and take advantage of partnership opportunities.

 

9.         City Council direct the General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services to report to Community Development and Recreation Committee on how the Seaton House redevelopment can be integrated into the division's overall long-term care home capital redevelopment strategy and service plan.

 

10.       City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report back on the status of the redevelopment and related financing plans by the second quarter of 2015 and that final approval of a redevelopment proposal be subject to Council approval of an acceptable financing and budget plan.

 

11.       City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to:

 

a.         ensure that the change to emergency shelter beds at the George Street site is consistent with the direction provided by City Council on Item CD19.1 "Update on Emergency Shelter Services" to aim for a shelter occupancy rate no higher than 90% in the short term and a shelter occupancy rate policy that ensures that all homeless persons seeking a bed can be accommodated; and

 

b.         establish an advisory group for the redevelopment of Seaton House that includes current and past residents of Seaton House, representatives from CUPE Local 79, including those working at Seaton House, service partners including other orders of government as appropriate, representatives from local residents' groups and other stakeholders.

 

Confidential Attachment E to the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer remains confidential in its entirety at this time in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006 as it pertains to the proposed or pending acquisition or sale of land for municipal or local board purposes.  Confidential Attachment E will be made public upon closing of all of the project transactions.

Confidential Attachment - A proposed or pending acquisition or sale of land for municipal or local board purposes

Background Information (Committee)

(June 18, 2013) Report from the City Manager and the City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on Update and Next Steps of Proposed Redevelopment of Seaton House and Revitalization of George Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59666.pdf
Appendix A - Map
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59701.pdf
Appendix B - Current Programs and Services
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59702.pdf
Appendix C - High-Level Client Profiles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59703.pdf
Appendix D - Examples of Best Practices
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59705.pdf
Appendix E - Confidential Attachment

Background Information (City Council)

Confidential Attachment E - made public on April 29, 2016
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-92742.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(July 2, 2013) E-mail from Beth Wilson, Senior Researcher, Social Planning Toronto (EX.New.EX33.17.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-38871.pdf
(July 3, 2013) E-mail from Tim Maguire, President, Canadian Union of Public Employes (CUPE) Local 79 (EX.New.EX33.17.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-38872.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to:

 

a.         ensure that the change to emergency shelter beds at the George Street site is consistent with the direction provided by City Council on Item CD19.1 "Update on Emergency Shelter Services"  to aim for a shelter occupancy rate no higher than 90% in the short term and a shelter occupancy rate policy that ensures that all homeless persons seeking a bed can be accommodated; and

 

b.         establish an advisory group for the redevelopment of Seaton House that includes current and past residents of Seaton House, representatives from CUPE Local 79, including those working at Seaton House, service partners including other orders of government as appropriate, representatives from local residents' groups and other stakeholders.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jul-17-2013 9:53 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX33.17 - Wong-Tam - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, John Parker, Anthony Perruzza

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jul-17-2013 9:54 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX33.17 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 37 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 8 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Norman Kelly, Giorgio Mammoliti, John Parker, Anthony Perruzza

EX33.17 - Update and Next Steps of Proposed Redevelopment of Seaton House and Revitalization of George Street

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Confidential Attachment - A proposed or pending acquisition or sale of land for municipal or local board purposes

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council approve in principle the redevelopment of Seaton House and authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in consultation with the General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services, to undertake the necessary due diligence required to proceed with the recommended option outlined in the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, including:

 

a.         Develop detailed plans for new facilities to include an emergency shelter, a long-term care home and a service hub;

 

b.         Consider potential uses of any surplus land for affordable housing with support services and a private sector partnership to help offset overall development costs;

 

c.         Retain the professional services of a consulting team to continue with redevelopment plans, including but not limited to a heritage study, planning studies and approvals, site and building plans and approvals, detailed costing and the preparation of a procurement process;

 

d.         Ensure that existing shelter beds are replaced as most appropriate for shelter clients' needs and in the context of the Housing Stability Service Plan to be brought forward to Council in the fall of 2013; and

 

e.         Consult with the Province regarding the proposed uses and timing of the redevelopment of the provincial lands opposite the Seaton House property.

 

2.         The Offers to Sell to the City from the owners of the properties outlined in Confidential Attachment E to the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, be accepted substantially on the terms and conditions as outlined therein, and on such other terms and conditions as may be acceptable to the Chief Corporate Officer and in a form satisfactory to the City Solicitor.

 

3.         City Council authorize the public release of the confidential information and recommendations in Attachment E to the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, upon the closing of all of the project transactions.

 

4.         City Council direct that the 2013 Approved Capital Budget (CHSO31) for Shelter, Support and Housing Administration be increased by the acquisition price of the properties as outlined in the Confidential Attachment E to the report (June 18, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer, funded from the Land Acquisition Reserve Fund (LARF) (XR-1012).

 

5.         City Council authorize severally each of the Chief Corporate Officer and the Director of Real Estate Services to accept the Offers on behalf of the City.

 

6.         City Council authorize the City Solicitor to complete the transactions contemplated in the Offers to Sell on behalf of the City, including paying any necessary expenses, amending the closing, due diligence and other dates, and amending and waiving terms and conditions, on such terms as she considers reasonable.

 

7.         City Council authorize the Director of Real Estate Services to enter into negotiations with the owners of the remaining properties required to effect the development as proposed, and to report to Council at a later date if necessary.

 

8.         City Council direct the General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services to meet with Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Toronto Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) regarding an approval process that will enable the City of Toronto to incorporate the Seaton House project into its multi-year redevelopment plan and take advantage of partnership opportunities.

 

9.         City Council direct the General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services to report to Community Development and Recreation Committee on how the Seaton House redevelopment can be integrated into the division's overall long-term care home capital redevelopment strategy and service plan.

 

10.       City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report back on the status of the redevelopment and related financing plans by the second quarter of 2015 and that final approval of a redevelopment proposal be subject to Council approval of an acceptable financing and budget plan.

Origin

(June 18, 2013) Report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A and the Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer

Summary

As previously reported to City Council, Seaton House, a 543-bed City-operated emergency shelter for men located at 339 George Street, is in critical need of redevelopment due to the building's aging condition and its challenges in providing appropriate emergency shelter programs.  Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) and Long-Term Care Homes and Services (LTCHS) are partnering to recommend an innovative project that responds to community need and addresses both the need to redevelop Seaton House and the need for a long-term care home in downtown Toronto.  The divisions are recommending the co-location of services in a new facility on George Street to more effectively address the needs of both short-term homeless men and an aging vulnerable population.

 

At its meeting of November 30, 2009 City Council gave the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration the authority to negotiate a public interest partnership with Spike/KMAI to redevelop Seaton House along with adjacent properties to the south.  Those negotiations were not successful.  This report provides an update on activities since 2009.

 

Staff have consulted stakeholders representing a broad range of interests in relation to the proposed redevelopment.  Shelter, Support and Housing Administration retained a consultant to conduct a feasibility study of options for redevelopment.  Recommendations in this staff report take into account feedback received from stakeholder consultations as well as the consultant's findings and represent staff's advice on what will meet the needs of the homeless and vulnerable residents of Toronto served by Shelter, Support and Housing Administration within the George Street neighbourhood and Long-Term Care Homes and Services within the Toronto Central Local Heath Integration Network (LHIN) downtown area.

 

This report seeks Council authority to move forward with the redevelopment plans for Seaton House, including the purchase of private properties adjacent to the shelter, in partnership with Long-Term Care Homes and Services.

 

The recommended option, based on the consultant's report, includes approximately 100 emergency shelter beds, in line with best practices, as well as a long-term care home (estimate based on 162 beds) and 24,000 square feet of space for community services.  The consultant's study only investigated preliminary massing options.  The exact number of beds for both the emergency shelter and long-term care home as well as space for associated community services will be refined as more detailed plans are developed.  The preferred option would also include surplus land on the north end of the site which could be developed for affordable housing with support services for former shelter residents and/or include a private sector partnership to help offset overall development costs.

 

One of the redevelopment objectives is to find more appropriate permanent housing for Seaton House residents.  Men residing in the Long Term Program and Annex/Infirmary Program (approximately 250 residents) could be eligible for long-term care or assisted living homes, housing with supports or housing allowances.  The redeveloped shelter would accommodate approximately 100 men from the Emergency Shelter program, leaving approximately 140 residents that could be absorbed into transitional housing programs or the emergency shelter system.  SSHA will develop and implement a transition plan for all residents of Seaton House over the next four years.

 

In addition to providing more effective services to homeless people and vulnerable individuals, the proposed redevelopment can act as a catalyst for the Downtown East Revitalization Strategy, contributing to a safer and healthier neighbourhood.  The redevelopment is consistent with the goals and principles of Council's Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) ten year affordable housing strategy and the Toronto Seniors Strategy.

 

If Council adopts the recommendations put forward in this report, staff will report back on the status of the redevelopment by the second quarter of 2015 and prior to recommending any final decision. The earliest date to begin construction is estimated to be 2017.  In the interim, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration would continue with stakeholder consultations and retain a consulting team to continue with the redevelopment plans, planning approvals and detailed costing.

Background Information

(June 18, 2013) Report from the City Manager and the City Manager and Chief Financial Officer on Update and Next Steps of Proposed Redevelopment of Seaton House and Revitalization of George Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59666.pdf
Appendix A - Map
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59701.pdf
Appendix B - Current Programs and Services
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59702.pdf
Appendix C - High-Level Client Profiles
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59703.pdf
Appendix D - Examples of Best Practices
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-59705.pdf
Appendix E - Confidential Attachment

Communications

(July 2, 2013) E-mail from Beth Wilson, Senior Researcher, Social Planning Toronto (EX.New.EX33.17.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-38871.pdf
(July 3, 2013) E-mail from Tim Maguire, President, Canadian Union of Public Employes (CUPE) Local 79 (EX.New.EX33.17.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-38872.pdf

Speakers

Tim Maguire, President, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 (Submission Filed)
Susan Gapka

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Norman Kelly (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council