TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario released a request for
qualifications (RFQ) today to qualify non-profit housing corporations
to participate in a request for proposals to own and operate affordable
rental housing buildings being developed as part of the Toronto 2015
Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes' Village in the West Don Lands.
The successful non-profit housing corporation(s) will purchase
approximately 400 units that will become affordable rental homes
following the Games. The units will be located across several buildings
and will include a range of suite mixes, including fully accessible
units, to support low to moderate income individuals and families.
The vision for the Toronto 2015 Games includes a newly-constructed,
self-contained Athletes' Village on a 9.6-acre provincially owned site
in the West Don Lands. After the Games, the Village area will become a
mixed-use, inclusive, pedestrian-friendly riverside community that
meets the diverse needs of its residents, as outlined in Waterfront
Toronto's Precinct Plan for the West Don Lands.
The master planned community will include a range of housing types and
unit sizes to accommodate a variety of family sizes, income levels and
age groups. Approximately 20 per cent of the housing units will be
affordable rental housing, five per cent affordable ownership, and the
remainder market value condominiums.
The process to select the consortium that will design, build and finance
the construction of the Athletes' Village is currently in an open
request for proposals phase. The successful proponent will be selected
and announced in summer 2011, at which point construction will
commence. The Athletes' Village project is proceeding under
Infrastructure Ontario's Alternative Financing and Procurement model,
whereby risks associated with designing, constructing, and financing
the facilities are transferred to the private sector.
The new West Don Lands neighbourhood will be built based on Waterfront
Toronto's vision for a green, modern and vibrant community as outlined
in the Precinct Plan for the West Don Lands. The buildings within the
Athletes' Village aim to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED®) Gold certification for new construction. LEED® standards focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas
emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
The RFQ, available at www.merx.com, is the first step in the process to select non-profit housing
corporations for the affordable rental housing component of the
Athletes' Village project. RFQ submissions will be reviewed to qualify
non-profits with the management experience and capacity as well as the
financial resources to own and operate one or more of the affordable
housing buildings. Short-listed non-profit housing corporations will be
invited to respond to a request for proposals in summer 2011. It is
encouraged that the non-profit corporations will partner with other
organizations to deliver diverse housing and address service needs.
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering
some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal
projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget - as well as
providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with
long-term financing to renew their infrastructure.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created
Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable
development, economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key
drivers of waterfront revitalization.
Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"The Athletes' Village in the West Don Lands will be a showcase
community where design excellence, sustainability and technology come
together. The project will deliver the legacy of a new community and
infrastructure for Toronto's waterfront."
Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
"These hundreds of new housing units will help many people in need have
a safe and affordable place to call home. By supporting affordable
housing projects, we are helping to build stronger communities, here in
Toronto and across the province."
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
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