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Demolition starts rebuilding of Regent Park.

The demolition of 470 Dundas Street East in downtown Toronto is the first step in the rebuilding of Regent Park, Canada's oldest social housing development. It is the beginning of a $1-billion, 12-year revitalization project. However, the future beyond the first phase is in question, because of the new conservative government in Ottawa.

Toronto Community Housing is currently evaluating proposals from development companies that responded to the RFP to oversee design and to build and market the first phase of revitalization. The selection will be announced in March. Phase One will be completed by 2008, at which point Phase Two will begin. Redevelopment will follow in two-year intervals until all six phases of the 28-hectare property are completed.

Over 400 households comprising 1,160 residents, have relocated within Regent Park, to neighbouring TCHC communities or to other communities in the city. Relocated residents will have first right of return to similar rent-geared-to-income accommodation in the renewed neighborhood.

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