Midrise CLT project part of Queen/Coxwell area transformation in Toronto

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Here’s a bird’s eye view of the work on a midrise Cross laminated Timber (CLT) project  under construction at Queen and Coxwell in Toronto’s east end.

Buttcon and R-Hauz are busy transforming mainstrets with mass timber, writes Mike Yorke, president of Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) as he submitted this drone image taken by Lieth Moore from 200 feet in the air.

“Note as well, concrete and pumper trucks placing concrete foundations next door for phase two!  So, more to come.”

Last year, Ontario Construction News reported that the City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and Context Development planned a major revitalization nearby  of TCHC’s Don Summerville Apartments at 1555 and 1575 Queen St. E.in the Queeen/Coxwell area.

“As Mayor, creating new, quality, affordable housing is a top priority for me,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said then in a media release. “This new partnership with Context Development represents a significant investment in new affordable housing that will transform the Queen East neighbourhood.”

The $300 million project will create hundreds of new homes and revitalize the neighbourhood, he said.

In addition to replacing the 120 TCHC units currently on the site with new units, Context will add 100 affordable rental apartments, 180 market rent apartments and 350 additional condo units.

TCHS’s aging Don Summerville complex will be revitalised with 120 rent-geared-to-income units operated by TCHC, 100 affordable rental units, half of which will be privately owned, 180 market-rate rental units, 350 condominium units and 16,000 sq. ft. of commercial retail space.

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