A broken water main may force tenants out of a East York community housing building for several months.
Most of the residents have already been re-located to temporary accommodations near 704 Mortimer Ave, which suffered a major water leak late last month, said Beaches-East York Councillor Janet Davis.
“These situations are never easy,” said Davis. “It’s very disruptive to the lives of families to have to move with such short notice.” The building, which is managed by not-for-profit community housing agency Fred Victor, suffered extensive water damage when a main plumbing line on the third floor ruptured, causing water to penetrate walls and floors and even the building’s parking garage, said Mark Aston.“
The amount of water in the building was catastrophic, said Aston, Fred Victor’s executive director. “It flooded the third floor and ran into all the apartments.” Though the water was shut off after 25 minutes, it was enough to damage all 32 units in the building, said Aston.
Every unit in the building will require renovations to bathrooms and kitchens, necessitating the need to relocate the affected residents.
“You can’t have people living in units with no bathroom or kitchen,” said Aston. “We made the decision we had to find alternate temporary accommodation for our tenants.”
Completing the work on the building will likely take around three to four months. Aston said a team of 10 people working around the clock had managed to find temporary lodgings up to that point for all but three of the affected households, attempting to find locations as close the building as possible, which is at the intersection of Mortimer and Woodbine avenues.
However, he acknowledged not every resident will be able to remain in the area while the repairs take place, with some residents, several of whom have lived in the building for decades, having to move downtown or to Scarborough.
“Not every location has been as close as we would like,” he said. The building has been managed by Fred Victor for the last five years, one of 10 properties it operates on behalf of the city.