Dear Neighbours,

Over the past year I have been working with the City’s Affordable Housing Office and Parks staff to prevent this site from being sold to developers and I believe the City now has a plan that will meet the needs of the City and local residents.

Once completed, 150 Harrison Street will contain:

  • 13 non-profit affordable ownership homes
  • Reconfigured TPA Parking Lot
  • A new neighbourhood parkette

You are invited to join me at a public open house to learn more.

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 14 Division, 350 Dovercourt Road (map).

The City has released a Request for Proposal to the non-profit sector for the development of up to 13 affordable ownership homes on the 1.3 acre site. These homes will be facing Lakeview Avenue, Dovercourt Road. and Harrison Street and will reflect the current pattern of homes on this stretch.

The City will select an experienced organization to plan and build the homes which will provide good quality and modestly priced housing in the neighbourhood. Once an organization is selected and they have prepared some designs, we will host a follow-up meeting to discuss next steps.

The Toronto Parking Authority has recently expanded its lot on site to incorporate parts of the former police station’s parking lot for the operation of public parking at 146 Harrison Street. The new parking lot will be reconfigured as part of the new development and plans will be available at this meeting highlighting their proposal.

To proceed with this initiative, the former police station will be demolished. Environmental investigations and related work on are also underway and will be finalized in parallel with the new development initiative.

The park will be designed in consultation with residents toward the end of this process and I am looking forward to working with all of you on this in the coming year.

This open house is the first of several consultations which the City will host to engage the community in this initiative. City staff will be available at the public Open House on February 28 to answer your questions. You will also have the opportunity to attend public consultation meetings held through the planning approval process for the affordable housing units.

Should you have any questions about the proposal, or want to be added to the mailing list for updates, please contact Ashley Da Silva in my office at 416-392-4010 or

The City’s project co-ordinator is Nadia Lawrence in the Affordable Housing Office and she can be reached at 416-392-8798 or

Yours in community,

Councillor Mike Layton
Ward 19, Trinity-Spadina