George Street Revitalization
GSR at a glance
A Council-approved project, George Street Revitalization (GSR) will see the reinvention of the northernmost block of George Street and transform Seaton House men’s shelter into a world-class facility providing specialized care for vulnerable populations, including a long-term care home, a transitional living facility, an emergency shelter, affordable housing, and a community hub serving residents of both the site and the local neighbourhood. GSR will be the catalyst for a more safe and vibrant community for all in the heart of the historic Garden District. A project summery and Q&A is available.
City Council unanimously approved George Street Revitalization in principle in summer 2013. Program plans are being developed with the input of many stakeholders. To date, these plans include:
- A long-term care home with 378 beds
- A 100-bed emergency shelter for men
- An innovative 130-bed “transitional living” service for men and women who need more care than traditional supportive housing can provide, but less than what a long-term care home involves
- A service hub for program clients as well as members of the surrounding community
- 21 units of affordable housing with supports
Transition planning is well underway in consultation with Seaton House clients and community partners, and construction will not proceed until the estimated $50 million plan is in place.
- February 12, 2018, City Council approves project funding, for details about the approved GSR budget, refer to the SSHA Capital Budget Notes
- November 7, 2017, City Council adopts the Official Plan and Zoning Amendment Applications and the Alterations and Demolition of Heritage Properties reports
- December 13, 2016, City Council approves report for 18 month long consultation contracts for Infrastructure Ontario, PRISM Partners and Montgomery Sisam Architects with Hilditch Architect
- July 20, 2017, community members reviewed the latest GSR project information panels, asked questions of project staff and provided feedback. Here is a summary.
- July 12, 2016, Council approves report on Alternative Financing & Procurement (AFP) via Design-Build-Finance (DBF) model
- November 3, 2015, City Council adopted a staff report approving the project scope and an analysis of procurement options for GSR.
- June 16, 2015, Community Open House held at Salvation Army Harbour Light Centre, 160 Jarvis Street
- February 2015, Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. with Hilditch Architect chosen for the GSR project
- August 2014, Council approval of the Downtown East Revitalization Action Plan and Planning Study OPA Status Report
- September 2014, PRISM Partners Inc., project management consultants come onboard
- April 2014, Stakeholder Reference Group begins
- April 2014, Project Vision and Mission are approved
- July 2013, Council approves the project in principle
- City is negotiating with Infrastructure Ontario to lead the procurement process through a public-private partnership (known as Alternative Financing and Procurement)
- Staff report to Executive Committee in spring 2018
- Montgomery Sisam Architects with Hilditch Architect are developing the PSOS, expected to be completed by mid-2018
- Construction to start as early as June 2020
- Shelter, Support and Housing Administration staff have Council authority to implement the Seaton House transition plan. The objective is to have Seaton House vacant by December 2019
- Health services review in partnership with Toronto Centre Local Health Integration Network; client assessments for housing support needs; site searches for new shelter sites that are needed
- Staff have negotiated with Habitat Services for the purchase of service for up to 150 units of housing with access to on-site supports
- Estimated cost of the project including Seaton House Transition is $562 million
- GSR funding approved through the 2018 Capital Budget on February 12, 2018
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