On December 15, 2020, the Board of Directors at Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) approved Tridel Builders Inc., as the new developer partner and construction manager for the coveted final phases of 4 and 5 in the Regent Park Revitalization.
Revitalization in Regent Park has been a decade plus long effort and in 2018, TCHC embarked on a new public procurement process to secure a developer partner for the final two phases. Community members and agency partners were involved at various stages of this revised process. This included “Community Conversations” where the priorities of residents were summarized into questions for potential development partners to answer in their community presentations which were in turn evaluated by residents themselves. Such deep resident involvement in a public tender process has never happened before and hopefully, it sets a new trend in public expenditures.
I want to personally recognize and thank the hard working Regent Park community members and the TCHC Revitalization team for making sure the Request for Proposal process involved broad community engagement. This work was only made possible through an ongoing partnership between the committed parties. With nearly 300 residents in attendance at the community presentations, this was a testament to TCHC’s commitment to community collaboration and outreach.
Regent Park Revitalization has always been about much more than bricks and mortar - it is about the people. I’ve been impressed by how TCHC’s first development partner, Daniels Corporation, embodied this spirit by laying a solid foundation to which we now continue to build on. Daniels continues to be an exemplary partner in demonstrating a community-focused approach to the development of the initial Phases 1 to 3.
I now look forward to working with Tridel, TCHC, City staff and most importantly the community members to ensure that we continue this model of community engagement and inclusive neighbourhood revitalization. We have some hard work ahead of us but knowing that we are committed to doing this work together gives me great hope for an even stronger Regent Park in the months and years ahead.