Item - 2019.PH11.10

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on December 17, 2019 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Planning and Housing Committee on December 10, 2019 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on December 17, 2019.

PH11.10 - Activating a Revitalization Plan for the Dundas-Sherbourne Neighbourhood

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Ward:
13 - Toronto Centre

City Council Decision

City Council on December 17 and 18, 2019, adopted the following:

 

1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, to report to the Planning and Housing Committee on April 16, 2020 with a proposed neighbourhood revitalization plan including a full community engagement process for the Dundas East and Sherbourne Street area.

 

2. City Council direct the City Manager, and as sole shareholder, direct the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation to provide a business case for the modernization of the Dan Harrison Community Complex to be incorporated in the neighbourhood revitalization plan for the Dundas East and Sherbourne Street community referred to in Part 1, above.

 

3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to review publicly owned real estate within the geographic area of the City's Downtown East Action Plan to be incorporated in the neighbourhood revitalization plan for the Dundas East and Sherbourne Street community referred to in Part 1, above.

 

4.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management and CreateTO to initiate negotiations to acquire the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and the properties specified in the confidential transmittal from the Planning and Housing Committee (the "Properties") for City building, including affordable and supportive housing purposes, on the basis that any resulting transaction will be subject to approval by City Council with a report that identifies the business and City-building case and budgeted funds being available for such purposes.

 

5.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in consultation with the Executive Director, Corporate Finance and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, to identify funding sources for the acquisition to provide for new affordable and supportive housing as part of the strategy referred to in Part 4, above.

 

6.  City Council direct CreateTO to examine opportunities to fund the acquisition of the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and to report to the CreateTO Board on the feasibility of a strategic acquisition no later than the second quarter of 2020, on the basis that any resulting transaction will be subject to approval by City Council with a report that identifies budgeted funds being available for such purposes.

 

7. City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to work with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to identify City owned properties which could be leveraged to contribute to funding the acquisition of the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street, and to include those opportunities in the report in 2020.

 

8.  City Council request CreateTO, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to explore opportunities for increasing the density of the potential affordable housing on the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street.

 

9.  City Council direct that the confidential transmittal from the Planning and Housing Committee remain confidential at this time as it pertains to a proposed acquisition of land by the City of Toronto, and City Council authorize the public release of the confidential transmittal from the Planning and Housing Committee following the completion of CreateTO's analysis on the Properties and the closing of any associated transaction(s).

 

The confidential transmittal (December 10, 2019) from the Planning and Housing Committee remains confidential at this time as in accordance with the provisions of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as it pertains to a proposed acquisition of land by the City of Toronto.  The confidential transmittal (December 10, 2019) from the Planning and Housing Committee will be made public following the completion of CreateTO's analysis on the Properties and the closing of any associated transaction(s).

Confidential Attachment - A proposed acquisition of land by the City of Toronto

Background Information (Committee)

(November 25, 2019) Report and Attachments 1 and 2 from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management on Activating a Revitalization Plan for the Dundas-Sherbourne Neighbourhood
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-140655.pdf
Confidential Attachment to the Motion by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Background Information (City Council)

Confidential Attachment - Transmittal from the Planning and Housing Committee

Communications (Committee)

(December 9, 2019) Letter from Kesla Forsythe, Regent Park Community Health Centre and other organizations (PH.New.PH11.10.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-99620.pdf
(December 9, 2019) Letter from Yogi Acharya, Organizer, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (PH.New.PH11.10.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-99654.pdf
(December 9, 2019) E-mail from Adrian Blackwell (PH.New.PH11.10.3)
(December 10, 2019) E-mail from Greg Cook, Outreach Worker, Sanctuary Ministries Toronto (PH.New.PH11.10.4)
(December 10, 2019) E-mail from Don Weitz (PH.New.PH11.10.5)
(December 10, 2019) E-mail from Bob Rose (PH.New.PH11.10.6)

Communications (City Council)

(December 6, 2019) Letter from Heather McDonald, LOFT Community Services (CC.Supp.PH11.10.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/cc/comm/communicationfile-99785.pdf
(December 9, 2019) E-mail from Don Weitz (CC.Supp.PH11.10.8)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Dec-17-2019 10:28 AM

Result: Carried Majority Required - PH11.10 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Mark Grimes, Jaye Robinson, John Tory

PH11.10 - Activating a Revitalization Plan for the Dundas-Sherbourne Neighbourhood

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Ward:
13 - Toronto Centre

Confidential Attachment - A proposed acquisition of land by the City of Toronto

Committee Recommendations

The Planning and Housing Committee recommends that:

 

1. City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, and the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, in consultation with the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, and the Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation, report to the Planning and Housing Committee on April 16, 2020 with a proposed neighbourhood revitalization plan including a full community engagement process for the Dundas East and Sherbourne Street area.

 

2. City Council direct the City Manager, and as sole shareholder, direct the President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Community Housing Corporation to provide a business case for the modernization of the Dan Harrison Community Complex to be incorporated in the neighbourhood revitalization plan for the Dundas East and Sherbourne Street community referred to in Recommendation 1, above.

 

3.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, to review publicly owned real estate within the geographic area of the City's Downtown East Action Plan to be incorporated in the neighbourhood revitalization plan for the Dundas East and Sherbourne Street community referred to in Recommendation 1, above.

 

4.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management and CreateTO to initiate negotiations to acquire the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and the properties specified in the confidential transmittal from the Planning and Housing Committee (the "Properties") for city building, including affordable and supportive housing purposes, on the basis that any resulting transaction will be subject to approval by Council with a report that identifies the business and city-building case and budgeted funds being available for such purposes.

 

5.  City Council direct the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, and the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in consultation with the Executive Director, Corporate Finance and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management, to identify funding sources for the acquisition to provide for new affordable and supportive housing as part of the strategy referred to in Recommendation 4, above.

 

6.  City Council direct CreateTO to examine opportunities to fund the acquisition of the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and to report to the CreateTO Board on the feasibility of a strategic acquisition no later than the second quarter of 2020, on the basis that any resulting transaction will be subject to approval by Council with a report that identifies budgeted funds being available for such purposes.

 

7. City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to work with the Chief Executive Officer, CreateTO to identify City owned properties which could be leveraged to contribute to funding the acquisition of the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and to include those opportunities in the report in 2020.

 

8.  City Council request CreateTO, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to explore opportunities for increasing the density of the potential affordable housing on the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street.

 

9.  City Council direct that the confidential transmittal from the Planning and Housing Committee remain confidential at this time as it pertains to a proposed acquisition of land by the City of Toronto and authorize the public release of the confidential attachment to this motion following the completion of CreateTO's analysis on the Properties and the closing of any associated transaction(s).

Origin

(November 25, 2019) Report from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management

Summary

This report recommends that staff develop and present a revitalization plan for the Dundas East and Sherbourne Street neighbourhood to the April 16, 2020 meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee. The area along Sherbourne Street between Gerrard and Queen Streets is identified as a high-need focus area, referred to as the Sherbourne corridor, in the City's Downtown East 2023 Five-Year Action Plan, adopted by City Council in July 2019.

 

This report also recommends that the Dundas-Sherbourne corridor neighbourhood revitalization plan incorporate the renewed comprehensive strategy requested by City Council in April 2019, for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation ("TCHC") Dan Harrison Community Complex. The Dan Harrison Community Complex is located north-east of Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street. Dan Harrison provides affordable housing for some 430 residents, with 376 units in 17 rooming houses and two low-rise apartment buildings. City staff and TCHC are currently developing the renewed strategy for the Complex, including a full costing and implementation timeline, to address critical service gaps and security issues for residents.

 

This report further recommends that the City advance and include the acquisition of the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street ("214-230 Sherbourne Street") in the Dundas-Sherbourne neighbourhood revitalization plan. The properties at 214-230 Sherbourne Street are privately-owned and roughly 100 metres south west of the Dan Harrison Community Complex. They consist of six vacant lots and one vacant, two and a half storey, designated heritage property.

 

The 214-230 Sherbourne Street site provides a strategic opportunity to acquire property for the development of much-needed affordable and supportive housing. The development of the site also presents the unique opportunity to unlock the new housing and community revitalization solutions that are needed to address the social, economic and physical challenges facing the Dan Harrison Complex and the local neighbourhood.

Background Information

(November 25, 2019) Report and Attachments 1 and 2 from the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, and the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management on Activating a Revitalization Plan for the Dundas-Sherbourne Neighbourhood
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/bgrd/backgroundfile-140655.pdf
Confidential Attachment to the Motion by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Communications

(December 9, 2019) Letter from Kesla Forsythe, Regent Park Community Health Centre and other organizations (PH.New.PH11.10.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-99620.pdf
(December 9, 2019) Letter from Yogi Acharya, Organizer, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (PH.New.PH11.10.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2019/ph/comm/communicationfile-99654.pdf
(December 9, 2019) E-mail from Adrian Blackwell (PH.New.PH11.10.3)
(December 10, 2019) E-mail from Greg Cook, Outreach Worker, Sanctuary Ministries Toronto (PH.New.PH11.10.4)
(December 10, 2019) E-mail from Don Weitz (PH.New.PH11.10.5)
(December 10, 2019) E-mail from Bob Rose (PH.New.PH11.10.6)

Speakers

Bob Rose, OCAP
Gregory Cook, Sanctuary Ministry Toronto
Kesla Forsythe, Regent Park Community Health Centre
Adrian Blackwell
Yogi Acharya
Maurice Adongo
Miguel Avila-Velarde
Deanna Lentini
Ryan Hayes

Motions

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

1.  Planning and Housing Committee delete Recommendation 4 and replace it with the following new Recommendation:

 

"4.  City Council authorize the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management and CreateTO to initiate negotiations to acquire the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and the properties specified in the Confidential Attachment to this motion (the "Properties") for city building, including affordable and supportive housing purposes, on the basis that any resulting transaction will be subject to approval by Council with a report that identifies the business and city-building case and budgeted funds being available for such purposes."

 

2.  City Council direct CreateTO to examine opportunities to fund the acquisition of the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and to report to the CreateTO Board on the feasibility of a strategic acquisition no later than the second quarter of 2020, on the basis that any resulting transaction will be subject to approval by Council with a report that identifies budgeted funds being available for such purposes.

 

3. City Council direct the Executive Director, Corporate Real Estate Management to work with the Chief Executive Officer of CreateTO to identify City owned properties which could be leveraged to contribute to funding the acquisition of the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street and to include those opportunities in the report in 2020.

 

4.  City Council request CreateTO, in consultation with the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning, to explore opportunities for increasing the density of the potential affordable housing on the Properties and the properties at 214, 218, 220, 222, 224, 226 and 230 Sherbourne Street.

 

5.  City Council direct that the confidential attachment to this motion remain confidential at this time as it pertains to a proposed acquisition of land by the City of Toronto and authorize the public release of the confidential attachment to this motion following the completion of CreateTO's analysis on the Properties and the closing of any associated transaction(s).


Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Ana Bail„o (Carried)
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