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$3.8-million renovation transforms Edwin Hotel from rooming house to affordable housing

As of this week, the New Edwin Hotel has a new lease on life, thanks to Woodgreen Community Services.

After four years and $3.8 million, The Edwin is taking its first clients this week as a 28-unit affordable housing space catering to homeless senior men.

Built in 1905 as a hotel to serve passengers transferring at the Don Rail Station down the hill in the valley, the Edwin Hotel at 650 Queen Street East at Carroll has been a community centre of sorts ever since, even though the station it was built to serve had been declining since the 1930s and finally shut down more than 40 years ago.

It survived for a time primarily as a hotel, then much of its business began focusing on the bar, which became a strip club in the 1950s and remained a night club of one description or another until the late 1980s, when it became a rooming house. According to Suzanne Duncan, Woodgreen's director of philanthropy, the rooming house charged as much as $500 a month for each of its 50 plywood-walled units, many of which were windowless.

The new units, all with windows, bathrooms and kitchen facilities, will be geared to tenants' Ontario Disability pensions, with rent usually coming out between $250 and $300 a month.

Designed by the College Street firm of Levitt Goodman Architects, the new facility retains the hotel's original terrazzo floors, and according to Wendy Shaw, Woodgreen's manager of facilities development, the big Nightclub sign, which she says dates in its current form from the 1980s, will either be changing or coming down in the near future.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Suzanne Duncan, Wendy Shaw

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Wellspring cancer support centre recieves $1.7 million donation for new addition

On January 13, EllisDon Corp announced that, in conjunction with its subtrades and suppliers, it was donating $1.7 million in labour, materials and services toward the construction of the Wellspring Centre addition to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

The Wellspring Centre, a cancer support facility at Sunnybrook's Bayview campus, is being almost quintupled in size, from 2,400 to 11,000 square feet, gaining a large lecture room, four group support rooms, a teaching kitchen and a large activity room in the process.

EllisDon president and CEO Geoff Smith said in a statement, "It has been terrific to see the enthusiasm with which EllisDon people, as well as many of our industry partners, have embraced this outstanding cause, both in terms of personal effort and hard cash. And the Wellspring team has been terrific to work with. We are extremely happy to be involved."

Lynda Morrison, the CEO of Wellspring, adds in same release, "We are quite simply overwhelmed by the incredible generosity and enthusiasm with which the people at EllisDon and their industry partners have embraced this expansion project. They are truly building a lasting legacy of support and comfort for the many thousands of men, women and children living with cancer who turn to Wellspring each year, and we are grateful beyond words."

Writer: Bert Archer

Source: EllisDon

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