The front of Fred Victor Housing at the corner of Queen and Jarvis Streets is not boarded up anymore. That’s because a major redesign and renovation of the apartment units and main floor community centre was completed this past June 2011.
The building is now safer, healthier, and Greener for tenants, staff, Friends Restaurant customers and Open House participants.
The “concrete” changes in the new Fred Victor Housing are as follows:
- Each tenant has more private living space.
- Air conditioning, now essential in high rises in Toronto during the summer, has been added.
- Easy contact with housing staff is possible through an upgraded intercom system and a higher staff-to-tenant ratio.
- A new fire alarm and suppression system, and energy efficiency features have improved the safety and air quality.
- A single, common entrance to the site, with fulltime staff at the reception desk provides a knowledgeable human face to the buildingen
The main floor that houses the community service centre in the same building is also finished. It benefits from:
- New health care offices
- A dedicated program space for community economic development initiatives such as art and photography
Fred Victor Housing Worker Justin Walsh (right) chats with a tenant on the front steps of Fred Victor Housing.