The Rekai Centres is a not-for-profit agency currently providing Long Term Care services from 2 Homes in downtown Toronto. This new building, Rekai Cherry Place, will replace one of the existing Homes and will consist of 348 Long Term Care Residents as well as a Dialysis Clinic and a 50 student Co-op school program for Personal Support Workers (PSW) in partnership with Humber College.

Situated in downtown Toronto near the mouth of the Don River and adjacent to the newly created community of Corktown, the Distillery District and St. Lawrence neighbourhoods, the location is a remarkably vibrant setting for a Long Term Care Home. It positions our most vulnerable seniors in the heart of a vital and emerging area of the city. Rekai Cherry Place occupies a long narrow lot, fronted on the west side of Cherry Street and bounded by Front Street to the south, Eastern Avenue to the north. The available footprint for building is approximately 24 metres by 100 metres.

Residents and the required support and amenity spaces are accommodated over 12 floors in order to manage the very small site. Important outdoor open spaces are provided through series of terraces and roof gardens, all with views into the downtown core and Lake Ontario providing residents with an important view out to the world.

The design takes important proactive infection control measures such as accommodating 4 rooms equipped with negative pressure to be used to isolate those infected and equipping a few rooms with oxygen supply. These measures will limit trips to the hospital and help the overall health system.


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Project Type:

Long Term Care

Building Size:

391,200 sq. ft.

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