Affordable units assigned through lottery, starting Monday

47 affordable apartments at 22 John and 33 King St will be put on the market between tomorrow, Monday, January 14 and Monday, January 28. The units will be given to lucky residents who win a lottery.

Rents for the units will be “no more than 80% of the average market rent” for at least 25 years. 12 units will be set aside seniors, and five will be for residents receiving a housing allowance.

The federal and provincial governments will contribute $7 million to the affordable units. The city will not collect development charges, property tax, or education levies, forgoing $1.2 million.

Weston to get new COSTI campus

The long-vacant downstairs at 35 King St will soon host a branch of the COSTI immigrant services organization.

COSTI’s new Weston campus will provide help with career planning, youth employment, settlement, and vocational training. On January 26 from 3:00 to 6:00, COSTI will have an open-house.

While the expansion of COSTI is certainly good news, it probably means the end of a long-hoped-for expansion of George Brown College into Weston. George Brown had studied coming here and moving into 35 King, and local politicians had been boosters. Little has been said about the plan in the past year, however, and the plan seems to have withered.