This summer, non-profit developer Options for Homes is launching its latest development, The Humber, bringing Toronto’s first smoke-free condo building to market that will limit the consumption of tobacco and cannabis to vapourizers.
The aim of the smoke-free building is to help create a predominantly family-friendly development, as research suggests that the use of vapourizers over smoking is an effective harm-reduction strategy. It also eliminates the problem of smoke pollution, smoke transfer between suites and balcony fires in multi-unit residences.
Homeowners will be able to smoke tobacco or cannabis using a vapourizer in their own suite or on their balcony. The building’s ‘smoke less’ policy will restrict smoking and vaping in any common areas of the development, including elevators, stairwells, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities, lobbies, outdoor spaces and entertainment rooms. It will also restrict growing cannabis on balconies or in homes.
“We know from surveying our potential purchasers that there’s a deep interest in smoke-free buildings. We think this idea of ‘smoke less’ speaks to people’s concern about the impact of smoking while respecting individual choice and understanding that we’re on the cusp of a major cultural shift when it comes to cannabis,” said Heather Tremain, CEO of Options for Homes, in a press release. “We feel that restricting smoking while permitting vaping strikes the right balance between the best interest of many and the personal rights of the few.”
The Humber, which will be located on the banks of the Humber River at Lawrence Ave. and Weston Rd., will rise 22 storeys and feature 232 suites in a mix sizes, including five townhome-style suites, with two-thirds of suites in two- and three-bedroom configurations suitable for families. Located steps from the new Weston UP Express station with service to Union Station in 15 minutes, the development will be built by Deltera.
The Humber is Option for Homes’ 13th development in the GTA.