(Photo via Toronto Community Housing)
Late in September, renters from diverse income levels began moving into the newest Toronto Community Housing building at 230 Sackville St. in Regent Park. An airy midrise with amenities that wouldn't be out of place in a more in-demand neighbourhood, the 10-storey building by Wallman Architects features a rooftop patio with skyline view and a family-friendly landscaped courtyard with a splash pad for the kiddies. The building features 155 one and two bedroom apartments. 105 of those are designated as either market rent or rent-geared-to-income and 50 are classified as affordable rentals. The rents for two bedroom units range from around $800 to $1200, depending on your income and the floor plan.
While the pre-revitalization of Regent Park wasn't what anyone would call a destination neighbourhood, the replacement of decrepit old housing stock and the construction of new developments has lured a slew of families and young professionals to the area to join long-term residents. As a result, Regent Park's becoming a creative destination in the city, with the Regent Park Film Festival, Paintbox Bistro, and the Regent Park School of Music drawing in many who might never have dared venture east of Yonge before.