A representative of the building’s ownership and management met with residents at a community meeting organized by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on December 6th. Updates were provided on expected re-occupancy, the current tenant assistance program, and ongoing construction efforts at the building.
From 650 Parliament Inc. management:
Residents attending the meeting were advised that:
All residents that have requested housing assistance from management during the dislocation have received accommodation in area hotels, with friends and family, or in temporary residences (furnished or unfurnished). Residents participating in this program have been advised of assistance package and terms of occupancy associated with their particular program.
Assistance packages will continue through the end of April. Should there be any impacts to tenant assistance as of May 1st, 2019, updated information will be provided to residents in advance of this date.
Management will continue its efforts to relocate all tenants currently in hotel accommodations to suitable apartment suites (furnished/unfurnished) as they become available.
The damage to the building created by the fire and in the immediate aftermath has been catastrophic. Among the significant damages sustained, the electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety systems have been destroyed. Smoke fire and water damage have been incurred throughout the building (in common areas and resident suites).
More than 100 construction workers are attending to the site daily, and the necessary efforts to prepare the site for the reconstruction are ongoing.
Due to the scope of the repair work, re-occupancy of the building is not expected until June 2019, at the earliest.
Construction activity in the building will not permit us to provide temporary tenant access/suites visits, at this time.
The Response Office will continue their determined efforts and hard work to ensure residents secure accommodation, assistance and support, and updated information while continuing to treat residents with respect and compassion.
With the holidays upon us, the next resident update will be provided in early 2019.
From Toronto Fire Services:
No update to provide.
From Toronto Building:
No update to provide.
Next update: January 4, 2019 due to the holidays.