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LYALL’S FILES: Construction well underway as St. Clare’s builds 22 new residential units for Toronto’s homeless
November 30th, 2018 4:51 pm     A+ | a-

Richard Lyall / RESCON

Two years ago, RESCON chairman emeritus Phil Rubinoff started an important relationship with St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society – a charity, landlord and developer – that led to one of the most important projects in the history of our association.

"We chose to support this project because we believe the construction industry should give back," Rubinoff said. "St. Clare’s is a caring and effective organization that we respect, and we know that they have the right leadership to steer this project to success."

Of course, Phil was right. RESCON congratulates our friends at St. Clare’s as they have reported an important milestone – construction is well underway on the 22 homes.

These photos, courtesy of St. Clare's Multifaith Housing Society, show some of the work completed in November for the new building at 25 Leonard Ave.

Many RESCON members were joined by industry partners to finance construction last year. Those partners are:

-          Aspen Ridge Homes

-          Brown Group

-          Carpenters District Council

-          Carpenters Union, Local 27

-          Empire Communities

-          Great Gulf Homes

-          Greenpark Homes

-          Heavy Construction Association of Toronto

-          Hullmark Realty Canada

-          Laurier Homes

-          Liberty Development

-          Lindvest

-          LiUNA Local 183

-          LiUNA Ontario Provincial District Council

-          Mattamy Homes

-          Menkes Developments

-          Ontario Formwork Association

-          Silvercore Properties

-          Sorbara Group

-          Tridel Corp.

-          Yorkwood Homes

These contributors join us in giving kudos to St. Clare’s for the Phase 3 expansion. Construction began in August for foundations and underground services. Walls for the second floor are now complete and the precast slabs for the final floor are scheduled to be put in place on Dec. 5.

"Our hope is to have the roof on by Christmas and construction complete in the summer of 2019," says Andrea Adams, St. Clare’s operations manager. "Twenty-two people without homes will have a warm and dignified place to call home before next winter. We hope RESCON's donors are as proud as we are to make this contribution to the City of Toronto, and we look forward to future collaboration."

Meanwhile, we at RESCON look forward to seeing the next steps for 25 Leonard Ave., beside Toronto Western Hospital, in anticipation of happy new tenants starting their occupancies next year. We’re proud to partner with an amazing organization like St. Clare’s.

We challenge other industry stakeholders and sectors to do the same.

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Richard Lyall, president of RESCON, has represented the building industry in Ontario since 1991. Reach him at or @RESCONprez.

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