As part of the Housing Now initiative implemented by the City of Toronto in 2019, 11 City-owned sites were identified for the development of affordable housing. In May 2020, the City chose NRB to design, manufacture and install 100 modular units of permanent supportive housing as Phase I of a pilot project. We were tasked with the design, manufacturing, transportation, and installation of two affordable housing complexes in a timely manner to accommodate the rapid need for housing for the residents who are struggling to find a home in the City.
The first building, located on Macey Avenue in the area of Pharmacy and Danforth avenues, has 56 suites. The second building, is located on Harrison Street near Dovercourt Road and Dundas Street and has 44 suites. The two buildings feature 100 single occupancy suites, with self-contained bathrooms and kitchens, individual climate control and a private living space. The central building has an indoor and outdoor amenity space, central laundry, commercial kitchen and dining area
25% of the buildings’ suites are accessible and Gold Certified by the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification. The structures also come equipped with a CCTV camera monitoring system, an in-suite intercom network, and exterior solar shades, which minimizes energy consumption.