On January 5th, 2016, Edmond Place celebrated 5 years since the day its first tenants moved in!
Edmond Place is an apartment building that adjoins PARC, and in a previous life it was one of the largest and most notorious rooming houses in Parkdale. The folks at PARC, in conjunction with the Affordable Housing Program, Habitat Services, the City of Toronto and a host of other individuals and organizations, fought to renew and transform Edmond Place into affordable and supportive housing for people in the PARC community. It opened its refurbished doors in 2011, and was named in honour of the late Edmond Yu, who once lived there as a boarder.
As a part of the celebration, Making Room artists and Edmond Place residents created small memory books, enshrining memories of growth and excitement as well as of loss and adjustment. We shared in a grilled chicken lunch prepared by EP chef Michael Dawson (who braved temperatures of -12°C to man the barbecue) and in the afternoon joined staff, residents, and friends of EP to watch the 1993 classic Benny & Joon. It was a warm, beautiful, creative way to celebrate in the middle of the winter’s cold.
Happy five years Edmond Place!