The redevelopment of Regent Park was first announced in Oct 2004. Here is the original plan (5.5 mb). To summarize:
- demolish almost all existing housing; retain the existing community centre, health centre, ice rink, and 3 churches [237 Sackville, 509 Dundas East, 17 Regent]. The Christian Resource Centre at 40 Oak Street would be rebuilt (worship, community space, supportive housing)
- re-introduce a network of public streets, and public parks
- increase the density by 2.4 times (from 2,083 to a maximum of 5,100 units),
- encourage private developers to construct housing for a mixture of income levels on the Regent Park site, and
- construct an additional public housing site somewhere in East Downtown.
In 2004, we were told the project would be built in 6 phases, each one to take approximately 2 years, starting Dec 2005. Hopefully there will be money for ongoing maintenance of these new buildings (since lack of maintenance was one of the main problems with the “original” Regent Park, and is the issue for almost all TCHC owned properties.)
Numerous changes since then:
- different sequencing of phases
- ever increasing building heights: the carefully planned 2004 rezoning was revised in 2009; “block 21″ doubled (from 22 to 40m), “block 22″ doubled (15 to 30m), “block 23″ increased (from 15 to 22m), “block 38″ doubled (from 10 to 20m).
- instead of reusing the community centre, it is to be torn down and rebuilt elsewhere
- the new pool is to occupy part of the “big park” (instead of locating the pool beside Lord Dufferin School, as originally planned)
- new arts centre
At one time, there was a dedicated, comprehensive website – www.regentparkplan.ca, and frequent newsletters – to keep everyone informed; not the case any more. This is the one link we’ve found that summarizes what information is officially available.