In partnership with Corix Utilities, Halsall Engineers and Informa Market Research, ERA conducted a comprehensive assessment of the opportunities of implementing a Tower Neighbourhood Renewal program at Toronto Community Housing’s Moss Park apartment complex in downtown Toronto. The result was a feasibility study that balanced social, environmental and economic objectives, based on a nuanced understanding of neighbourhood character and site-specific opportunities.
ERA investigated the neighbourhood’s history and its social characteristics, existing built and open space form, and developed architectural, landscape, and urban design strategies and infill development scenarios. These complemented technical building condition audits, thermal modelling, waste and water assessments, renewable energy investigations, and financial modelling for the site.
A three-tiered renewal program organized around a foundational community engagement programme was proposed. The study sought to offer a socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable framework for revitalizing one of the most stigmatized and disenfranchised communities in downtown Toronto.