Artscape’s New Affordable Housing Complex is Toronto’s Latest Cultural Hub
Mayor John Tory joined a coalition of partners, and Weston community members, to celebrate the grand opening of King and John St.’s new neighbourhood: the Weston Common.
“The Weston Common Project is a great example of a successful private and public partnership that puts the needs of residents first. This new communal area will ensure the Weston neighbourhood continues to grow and thrive,” said Mayor Tory.
What was once an incomplete supermarket and Green P parking space, has since transformed into the Artscape Weston Common community cultural hub where residents and visitors can gather in the outdoor public square.
The mixed-use hub features:
- An 8,200 sq. ft. community cultural hub dedicated to arts, cultural and community events
- 369 apartment units, including 27 units
- 12,400 sq. ft. of outdoor publicly accessible space for community gatherings and farmers’ markets
- 26 live/work units for artist-led families
“Thank you to the residents and businesses in Weston for your vision and support in welcoming the new Weston Common development”, said Sean Gadon, Executive Director of Toronto’s Housing Secretariat, “The City of Toronto is proud to financially support this innovative new development, including the mixed income rental complex with artist live/work space, and a community cultural hub which provide the opportunity for residents to live, work and play in their community.”
Weston Common is Artscape’s first partnership outside of Toronto’s downtown core. Artscape will operate the common hub as a purpose-built community space that its programming partners, UrbanArts and Shakespeare in Action, will ensure access to dynamic programming and events for all residents and visitors.
A partnership between the City of Toronto, Artscape, and Toronto-based real estate development firm, The Rockport Group, brought the West Common project to its completion.
The Artscape Weston Common hub project was brought to the King and John St. community through the support of the Government of Canada, The Government of Ontario, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, The Rockport Group, The Access Group, Woodburne Capital Management and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
“Rockport and its partners are proud to be officially handing over this development to Artscape and the Weston community. This project has set a standard in the City of Toronto for making use of underutilized or idle resources and inspiring others to make investments in the community,” said Jack Winberg, Rockport Group CEO. “We are particularly pleased to have been able to increase the number of affordable housing units from an initial proposal of six in 2014, to now 27 units at West22, many of which are already occupied, and we are currently building an additional 26 units at 35 King Street which are set to occupy in 2020.”