Originally Posted by jlousa
I'm not a big fan of the proposal, but really want do the activists really want?
I think that they have made their preferences abundantly clear: 100% social housing that will rent at welfare rates; no market housing; and no retail that serves customers who are not current low-income DTES residents.
Okay, duly noted.
Those are all rational positions for organizations like the Carnegie Action Project to take and they advance the interests of their constituencies and supporters. If the site were owned by the City, the Province, or the Federal Government then those would be reasonable demands to make if the use of the site was not already determined. However, as Jlousa notes, this is a privately owned site which does not require rezoning.
reasonably priced condos proposed in the 138 Sequel development are not by any stretch of the imagination 'luxury condos for the rich'. They are affordable ownership properties which, not for nothing, many of the paid staff and program administrators working in the non-profit social services community in the DTES could afford. The people who will buy and live there will choose to do so with full cognizance of the DTES being a predominantly low-income community, and I suspect that most of the purchasers will likely be people who already have considerable connection to the neighbourhood and its low-income residents and the new and existing businesses that provide invaluable local employment.
Furthermore, there will be 9 welfare-rate rental apartments and 9 moderately priced rental apartments. We don't yet know the size of these homes, so it's impossible to say whether these are inexpensive or expensive on a per-square-foot basis.