Chartwell breaks ground on retirement residence in Regent Park

CHARTWELL Retirement Residences, Welltower Inc. and The Daniels Corporation have unveiled plans and broken ground for ‘The Sumach by Chartwell,’ a new urban rental residence for active retired adults located in the revitalized Regent Park neighbourhood in downtown Toronto.

Located at the corner of Sumach and Shuter Streets, The Sumach by Chartwell will be a 12-storey residence with 332 units geared towards active retired adults seeking social engagement with like-minded individuals based on their interests, activities and abilities.

With occupancy scheduled to take place in September 2018, the residence will offer a maintenance-free, adult lifestyle only steps away from diverse dining options, and a range of nearby arts and entertainment venues as well as health and fitness centres. All suites in the residence will offer generous living spaces and will be equipped with full kitchens. The residence will also include 82 underground parking spaces, 100 bike racks, pet spa, close to 5,500 square feet of retail spaces, an outdoor terrace and a BBQ area for entertaining. The residence will also feature a restaurant with informal and formal dining areas, and a café/bistro for informal gatherings open to the broader community. The partners will invest over $100 million to bring this state-of-the-art development to Regent Park.

“The Sumach by Chartwell is our first large-scale development in Ontario offering a wide variety of amenities and activities on an à la carte basis, making this living option much more affordable in comparison to an all inclusive retirement living model prevalent in the province today,” said Brent Binions, president and CEO of Chartwell Retirement Residences. “We expect that this state-of-the-art, urban development located in the vibrant Regent Park neighbourhood will generate significant interest as we continue to expand Chartwell’s service offering.”

The Sumach by Chartwell represents the latest initiative in the 69-acre Regent Park revitalization, which is being led by a partnership between The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing.  “The Daniels Corporation is proud to partner with Chartwell Retirement Residences on its first large-scale independent living project in the GTA,” said Martin Blake, vice-president, The Daniels Corporation. “Chartwell’s innovative approach will be a very valuable addition to the neighbourhood and complements our dedicated efforts of revitalizing Regent Park into a dynamic and inter-generational community.”

“This private venture is the newest addition to Regent Park’s revitalization that is transforming this community to a diverse, mixed-use neighbourhood with new amenities and community services,” said Greg Spearn, president and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing. “Now in its 10th year, the Regent Park revitalization is ramping up, with nine active construction sites in 2016, with more to come as we work hard to complete transforming this community as soon as we possibly can.”

In revitalizing Regent Park, The Daniels Corporation and Toronto Community Housing are undertaking the largest mixed-income development in Canada, with eventually more than 17,500 residents living in 7,500 units when the project is completed over the next 10 years. Among the hallmarks of the revitalization is the transformation of the 69 acre neighbourhood to include new amenities and community services as well as employment and capacity building opportunities for local residents.

Celebrating the ground breaking (l-r) Chartwell’s vice-president Planning & Development, Christian Fisker;  Vice-president Communication & Public Affairs, Sharon Henderson; President & CEO Brent Binions; The Daniels Corporation’s vice -president, Martin Blake; Chartwell vice-president Marketing, Maxime Camerlain; The Daniels Corporation’s vice-president Marketing, Simona Annibale. Photo: Spencer Wynn

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  1. Aaron Remer says

    They might be building in Regent Park however they are shamefully closing and important home (Castle Royale) in Cote-St-Luc!!
    That decision is causing misery and suffering to the aged and frail residents.
    I guess the profit margins weren’t high enough!!

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