Ontario Construction News staff writer
Toronto has broken ground on 57 new affordable homes being built using modular construction, at 39 Dundalk Dr.
The project is a partnership with federal capital funding, provincial support to fast track the development through a Minister’s Zoning Order and municipal project delivery. The homes will be built on land provided by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.
Homes are prefabricated in a factory and will be transported to the site to be assembled.
“These Dundalk Drive homes now under construction are one more example of our work to get housing built as quickly as possible,” said Mayor John Tory. Once this building is complete, approximately 57 people who haven’t had a place to call home will have access to their own apartment and support services to help them.”
The 57 new homes in the building will each be studio apartments with a kitchen and a bathroom. The five-storey building will also have a dining room, program space, administrative offices and a commercial kitchen that can provide on-site meals for residents.
This is the second phase of the Modular Housing Initiative (MHI), approved by city council in 2020. One hundred homes were completed in the first – with the city contributing $28.75 million in capital funding and the federal government providing $18.75 million through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
HousingTO 2020-2030 targets approval of 40,000 new affordable rental homes with 18,000 supportive homes including 1,000 modular homes.