NEWMARKET - The Tom Taylor Place housing development offers The Regional Municipality of York an outstanding opportunity to partner with the Town of Newmarket and the federal and provincial governments to provide much needed affordable rental housing. It is located within a new subdivision that includes a multi-use recreational facility, residential ownership housing, a heritage farmstead, green space, and is conveniently located close to public transportation, shopping and schools.
The creation of 50 affordable rental housing units in the Town of Newmarket will help reduce the pressure for affordable rental housing in York Region.
Tom Taylor Place will offer a mix of market rent (40%) and rent-geared-to-income (60%) units. Twenty of the fifty units will be targeted to the low end of market rents. The remaining thirty units will be offered to households requiring rent-geared-to-income assistance, including seven units for people who clients of the Canadian Hearing Society and three units designed to meet the needs of people with physical disabilities. Modified units will provide enhanced accessibility features including roll-in showers, front-control stoves, and double-door refrigerators. Occupancy is scheduled for late 2007.
The $10 million project, including $3.5 million from the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program (AHP), is an L-shaped, three-storey building of 51,500 square feet which takes into consideration the adjacent two-storey single family residential character of the planned neighbouring community. It will be managed by York Region's housing company, Housing York Inc.
The building has been designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by incorporating sustainable and energy efficient measures into the design. These include landscape design with drought resistant vegetation; low flow toilets, faucets, showerheads and front-load clothes washers; appliances with reduced energy consumption; bicycle storage; and use of recycled materials and low-emitting paints. It is the first affordable housing project to be built in the province under the rental housing component of the Canada-Ontario AHP that is aiming to achieve LEED certification.
York Region is committed to providing a wide range of housing options to residents through its action-based York Region Housing Supply Strategy. This Strategy was formally adopted by Regional Council in June 2002 to encourage the creation of new affordable housing. The Housing Access Centre currently has a waiting list of close to 5500 applications for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing in York Region, for all client groups.
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