The mayor's executive has approved a plan to incorporate about 70 affordable housing units into $1-billion lakefront development.
The homes would be part of a build in Bayside, on the East Bayfront, east of George Brown College. The city would spend $15-million to build them, but they would be owned and handled by a non-profit housing firm. The city would pay with cash picked up from a federal affordable housing program.
Rob Ford stood alone in his opposition to the scheme.
"You do not build government housing on prime waterfront property. Period!" the mayor said emphatically, pounding on his desk at a meeting of his executive on Wednesday.
Though not a member, councillor Adam Vaughan spoke before the executive, incensed at the mayor's stance.
"It's so fundamentally immoral, I cannot believe I even heard the words that low income housing should not be on....you name a street in this city", said Vaughan.
He pointed out the ground floor of the East Bayfront development includes stores and restaurants. "Should not the shop clerks who are apparently good enough to serve you a bagel be good enough to live in your neighbourhood? Should not the people cleaning the garages be not also eligible to live in the community where they work?"
Vaughan also trumpeted mixed income neighbourhoods as the path to social mobility, vitality, economic diversity and the touchstone of Toronto's reputation on housing.
With the executive's blessing, the concept will go to city council, likely next month. Council can also expected a more detailed cost and building plan in May 2014.