Usually Habitat for Humanity projects involve volunteers rolling up their sleeves to build single family houses somewhere outside the city center.
But Diamond Corp. is changing how new affordable housing projects get built in Toronto.
They’ve teamed up with the non-profit in order to introduce eight affordable family units in their new 35-storey high-rise, 159 Wellesley Street.
“This is very exciting, this is a first. We are very excited to work with Habitat and to deliver the eight units to them. Hopefully, this will be a catalyst for similar projects,” said Bob Blazevski, executive vice president of Diamond Corp., in a statement to the Toronto Star.
The Habitat for Humanity Toronto acting CEO, Bruce Johnson, recognized the developer’s unique commitment to providing affordable housing in the the heart of the city.
“We tend to end up on the outer fringes of the city with our projects and while it’s affordable for us and our partner families, it doesn’t help with employment and transportation.
“A lot of jobs are downtown and a lot of our families don’t have transportation to get there,” he said.
This isn’t the first time the developer has partnered up with other agencies or institutions. As the newspaper noted, Diamond Corp worked with the Ontario College of Art and Design and Artspace to provide affordable housing units at their 210 Simcoe project. They also have plans to grant the public access to a future park at its 30 Ordnance project.
Residents of 159 Wellesley Street will be able to enjoy fast access to transit and plenty of amenities within walking distance.
For more information check out diamondcorp.ca.