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The neighbourhood of Alexandra Park is bounded to the north by Dundas Street West, Spadina Avenue to the east, Queen Street West on the south, and Bathurst Street on the west. Alexandra Park consists of private and public housing, with retail along Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue, some institutional, and several commercial buildings scattered through the neighborhood. The neighborhood takes its name from Alexandra Park, a municipal park at the south-east corner of Dundas and Bathurst Streets. The park is named for Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII.
The history of the area begins with the original survey of the northern shore of Lake Ontario conducted by Augustus Jones in 1791. The survey established a baseline soon to be called Lot Street (later renamed Queen Street). The area now known as Alexandra Park was then the southern portions of lots 16, 17 and 18 of Concession 1 of the Township of York. When the City of Toronto was incorporated in 1834, it included the area 400 yards to the north of Queen Street, roughly the location of present day Grange Street. The remainder of the area was annexed by the city in 1859.
The area was purchased from the Denison family in 1841 by Sir Casimir Gzowski, a Polish engineer who built his grand home, which he called ‘The Hall’, at what is now the south-east corner of Dundas West and Bathurst. In the 1920s and 1930s, a neighbourhood sprang up around Gzowski’s home that was inhabited largely by Polish and Ukrainian immigrants. The Hall and many of the surrounding homes where demolished to make way for a public housing project in the 1960s. The public housing projects brought in many immigrants from the Caribbean, East Africa, China and Vietnam. Alexandra Park is known for having one of the largest African Canadian communities in Toronto.
Drugs and violence became a huge problem in the 1970s and 80s and a crack epidemic swept the area. In the early 1990s, a group of Alexandra Park residents sought to convert the government housing complex to self-governing co-operative housing. It was an attempt to stop the oppression and drug wars the project had been facing for many years. Today, Alexandra Park is recovering from its harsh battles in the past and making an effort to turn a new leaf.
Starting in August 2009, Toronto Community Housing staff and a team of consultants led by Urban Strategies Inc. began working with Alexandra Park residents, figuring out their community and what revitalization could mean for them. Alexandra Park includes the 263 townhouses and two apartment buildings that make up Atkinson Housing Co-operative, plus the Toronto Community Housing buildings at 20 Vanauley (Queen Vanauley) and 91 Augusta (Alexandra Park Seniors Apartments).
After a long period of community consultation, The Toronto Community Housing Corporation has completed plans for a major revitalization of the Atkinson Co-op and surrounding areas of Alexandra Park. TCHC submitted Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning applications in March, 2011 and held a community meeting to present the plan to local residents.
The plan envisages major changes to the neighborhood, phased in over a 15-year period. Several streets that were closed off when the complex was first constructed will be reopened. A total of 333 townhouses and apartments will be demolished and replaced, while 473 units in the towers at 20 Vanauley Street, 91 Augusta Street and 71 Augusta Square will be renovated. Finally, 1,540 units of market-value condos and townhomes will be added. Some retail units on the south side of Dundas Street West, along with new public parks and private amenity spaces will also be added.
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by Laryssa Stolarskyj – New Dreamhomes & Condominiums Magazine
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