Item - 2015.EX8.10

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on September 30, 2015 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on September 21, 2015 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on September 30, 2015.

EX8.10 - Next Steps in the Modernization of 389 Church Street

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

City Council Decision

City Council on September 30, October 1 and 2, 2015, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to transfer up to $0.6 million from Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's 2015 Approved Operating Budget to Toronto Community Housing Corporation to use as start-up costs to temporarily relocate the Red Door Family Shelter to 389 Church Street.

 

2.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report through the 2016 budget process on the City's portion of the capital investments required for the project.

 

3.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to work with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, and other agencies as appropriate, to ensure that all existing tenants of 389 Church Street who need to relocate as a result of this initiative are provided with additional tenant relocation assistance and supports needed beyond the requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act, including:

 

a.  assurance that no one will be asked to move out any earlier than February 29, 2016; and

 

b.  consultation with tenants on the proposed Tenant Relocation and Assistance Implementation Plan (TRAIP), with final approval of the TRAIP subject to the satisfaction of the local Ward Councillor and General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Next Steps in the Modernization of 389 Church Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-83500.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 work with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, and other agencies as appropriate, to ensure that all existing tenants of 389 Church Street who need to relocate as a result of this initiative are provided with additional tenant relocation assistance and supports needed beyond the requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act, including:

 

a.  assurance that no one will be asked to move out any earlier than February 29, 2016; and

 

b.  consultation with tenants on the proposed Tenant Relocation and Assistance Implementation Plan (TRAIP), with final approval of the TRAIP subject to the satisfaction of the local Ward Councillor and General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration.   


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

EX8.10 - Next Steps in the Modernization of 389 Church Street

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

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council authorize the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to transfer up to $0.6 million from Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's 2015 Approved Operating Budget to Toronto Community Housing Corporation to use as start-up costs to temporarily relocate the Red Door Family Shelter to 389 Church Street.

 

2.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report through the 2016 budget process on the City's portion of the capital investments required for the project.

Origin

(September 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

Summary

This report updates City Council on the additional due diligence undertaken by City staff regarding the next steps in the renovation and modernization of 389 Church Street, a thirteen-story residential property owned by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). The shared-housing form in the building is out-dated and has resulted in it being under-occupied with 70 residents currently living in the building representing roughly 30 percent occupancy.

 

In July 2015, City Council approved in principle the renovation to create one and two bedroom affordable homes with the interim provision of up to eight floors for transitional housing and shelter services for women and children for a period of up to four years. The initiative supports several of Council's strategic goals including reducing TCHC's overall capital repair backlog and, on an interim basis, serving clients who were identified in Shelter, Support and Housing Administration's Shelter Infrastructure Strategy as part of the requirement for additional supports to women and children as a community operator re-locates its housing and shelter services to a new permanent location.
  
Working with TCHC, the YWCA, and WoodGreen Red Door Family Shelter, City staff completed additional due diligence over the summer to determine the necessary next steps for the project, capital budget requirements, sources of capital and operating funding, and a tenant transition plan to undertake and complete this initiative.

 

The project budget for the renovation and modernization is estimated at $12.0 million. Staff will continue to work with the project partners, the project architect and a cost-consultant to verify the capital component estimates, as well as developing a full operating sustainability plan for the long-term operation of the permanent housing.

 

Start-up costs to renovate three floors to temporarily relocate the Red Door Family Shelter are estimated at $0.6 million. Upon Council approval of this report, the tenant transition plan would be undertaken this fall and renovations would begin in late 2015.  The City's contribution of $8.8 million would be considered through the 2016 capital budget process.

Background Information

(September 3, 2015) Report from the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration on Next Steps in the Modernization of 389 Church Street
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-83500.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)
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