The project consists of a four-storey, wood framed apartment building with 49 units of affordable rental housing. 159 Forward Avenue will be mixed in terms of incomes, with market, below-market, and deeply subsidized rents. Approximately 47% of the units will be at below-market rent rates and an additional 14% will be reserved for tenants who receive additional daily living support (ODSP).
It was important to CCOC and the City to include family housing on the site that was formerly the Family Shelter. Accordingly, the new building will include 14 three-bedroom units and 8 two-bedroom units. With a mix of unit sizes and affordability, 159 Forward Avenue will accommodate the needs of a diverse population, including families, single-parent households, newcomers and refugees, among others.
159 Forward Avenue will include two full-sized elevators for accessibility purposes. All of the units will meet universal accessibility requirements and 12% of units will meet CAN/CSA standards for accessibility.
A total of seven parking spaces will be provided on-site: three will be for residents and four will be for visitors. Twenty-seven bicycle parking spaces will be provided in the rear yard.
Finally, a rear yard amenity space will include urban agriculture, including individual garden plots and raised accessible planting beds, and a shared herb garden.