Item - 2018.EX36.28

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on July 23, 2018 without amendments and without debate.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on July 17, 2018 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on July 23, 2018.
  • See also AH10.3

EX36.28 - Creating New Purpose-Built Affordable Rental Homes in R6 Bayside Waterfront District

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted on Consent
Ward:
28 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale

City Council Decision

City Council on July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office, in consultation with Waterfront Toronto, to offer the City-owned lands, known as R6 Bayside, the second affordable housing site in the East Bayfront district, for lease for a 99 year term, at below-market rent, through a competitive proposal call in order to stimulate purpose-built rental housing, including approximately 215 new affordable rental homes at the site to be operated by a non-profit housing provider.

 

2.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office to offer the incentives to build affordable rental housing that are offered through the Open Door Program to the Proponents responding to the competitive proposal call to be issued pursuant to Part 1 above, for approximately 215 new affordable rental housing units.

 

3.  City Council approve the transfer of $6,901,768.40 in capital funding from Section 37 funds account (XR-2026-3700759) to the Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing (XR 1058) to be invested in the development of approximately 215 affordable rental homes on the R6 Bayside site.

 

4.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office to use up to a maximum of $1,000,000 exclusive of HST and disbursements, for pre-development work including but not limited to negotiating and entering into contracts to retain the services of architects, development consultants, cost consultants, appraisers, and such other professionals deemed appropriate to inform the City's decisions with respect to development on the site, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Director, Affordable Housing Office and in a form approved by the City Solicitor, upon City Council approval of the transfer of the $6,901,768.40 in Section 37 funds, to the Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing (XR 1058) referenced in Part 3 above.

 

5.  City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to City Council in 2019 on the results of negotiations with respect to the development of the affordable rental in R6 Bayside.

Background Information (Committee)

(June 25, 2018) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Creating New Purpose-Built Affordable Rental Homes in R6 Bayside Waterfront District
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-118022.pdf
(June 11, 2018) Report and Attachment 1 from the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services - Creating New Purpose-Built Affordable Rental Homes in R6 Bayside Waterfront District
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-118023.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(July 22, 2018) E-mail from Carolyn Johnson (CC.New.EX36.28.1)

EX36.28 - Creating New Purpose-Built Affordable Rental Homes in R6 Bayside Waterfront District

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

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office, in consultation with Waterfront Toronto, to offer the City-owned lands, known as R6 Bayside, the second affordable housing site in the East Bayfront district, for lease for a 99 year term, at below-market rent, through a competitive proposal call in order to stimulate purpose-built rental housing, including approximately 215 new affordable rental homes at the site to be operated by a non-profit housing provider.

 

2.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office to offer the incentives to build affordable rental housing that are offered through the Open Door Program to the Proponents responding to the competitive proposal call to be issued pursuant to Recommendation 1 above, for approximately 215 new affordable rental housing units.

 

3.  City Council approve the transfer of $6,901,768.40 in capital funding from Section 37 funds account (XR-2026-3700759) to the Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing (XR 1058) to be invested in the development of approximately 215 affordable rental homes on the R6 Bayside site.

 

4.  City Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing Office to use up to a maximum of $1,000,000 exclusive of HST and disbursements, for pre-development work including but not limited to negotiating and entering into contracts to retain the services of architects, development consultants, cost consultants, appraisers, and such other professionals deemed appropriate to inform the City's decisions with respect to development on the site, on terms and conditions satisfactory to the Director, Affordable Housing Office and in a form approved by the City Solicitor, upon City Council approval of the transfer of the $6,901,768.40 in Section 37 funds, to the Capital Revolving Fund for Affordable Housing (XR 1058) referenced in Recommendation 3 above.

 

5.  City Council request the Director, Affordable Housing Office to report to City Council in 2019 on the results of negotiations with respect to the development of the affordable rental in R6 Bayside.

Origin

(June 25, 2018) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee

Summary

There is an interest in planning the second affordable rental housing site in the East Bayfront district in an effort to expedite development and to ensure the inclusion of a mix of housing opportunities for low-and-moderate income residents.

 

This report recommends that City Council approve proceeding with an opportunity to work with Waterfront Toronto as part of the development of the second affordable housing site identified as R6 in the Bayside neighbourhood (shown in Attachment 1). The development of R6 will provide approximately 215 much-needed purpose-built affordable rental homes in Toronto's Waterfront community.

 

Bayside is one of the first new neighbourhoods developed in the East Bayfront. It is comprised of public lands in which Waterfront Toronto has the lead in revitalizing. The Central Waterfront Secondary Plan, the East Bayfront Precinct Plan and the East Bayfront zoning by-law require that 20 percent of all residential units be affordable rental housing.

 

In 2010, City Council granted authority for the City, as owner of the Bayside Lands, to enter into a Land Development Agreement (LDA) with the Hines Canada Management Company II ULC (Hines) for the development of the Bayside Lands. The Land Development Agreement set out the terms and conditions under which the City and Hines were to work together in ensuring the development of affordable rental housing in Bayside. Under the agreement, Hines has a right of first refusal to develop R6, and if exercised, the City has the discretion to accept or reject any offer. This report seeks authority to pursue a competitive proposal call process in collaboration with Waterfront Toronto for the affordable housing on R6, and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Land Development Agreement.

 

Building on the success of phase one of the Bayside affordable housing development, as well as the recently implemented Provincial Lands Program model which facilitated affordable housing development through reduced land value, this report recommends that Council authorize the Director, Affordable Housing, in collaboration with Waterfront Toronto, to issue a competitive proposal call for development of the City-owned site under a 99-year lease arrangement at below-market value. The reduced land value lease will assist in realizing the development of approximately 215 affordable rental units which will be operated by a non-profit housing provider over the term of the lease.

 

Further to the above, this report also recommends that Council pre-approve the Open Door Program's financial incentives for the new affordable rental housing units.

 

Council approval of the recommendations in this report will allow staff to move ahead with the next steps towards the development of R6.

Background Information

(June 25, 2018) Letter from the Affordable Housing Committee on Creating New Purpose-Built Affordable Rental Homes in R6 Bayside Waterfront District
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-118022.pdf
(June 11, 2018) Report and Attachment 1 from the Director, Affordable Housing Office and the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services - Creating New Purpose-Built Affordable Rental Homes in R6 Bayside Waterfront District
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-118023.pdf

Motions

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