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  •  Region of Peel Accessibility Plan – September, 2010
    Chapelview Building

    Highlights of Selected Accessibility Initiatives
    July 2009 – June 2010

    7. Inclusive Design Chapelview Project

    Turning Vision into Reality

    Incorporating a Universal Accessibility Design Standard (UAS) into the Region’s affordable housing buildings is an important step in creating accessible housing options. Chapelview is one of the largest affordable housing projects built in Ontario where the Universal Accessibility Design Standards are incorporated.

    Regional Council demonstrated its leadership in this area by creating and approving the design standard on April 2, 2009. These standards provide a greater degree of accessibility, ensuring a more social, economic and inclusive environment, which makes for a more vibrant and healthy community.

    The success of Chapelview is the result of an unprecedented partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Brampton, the Region of Peel and Martinway Contracting Ltd.

    Building on the principle of “visitability” the Accessibility Advisory Committee has also made significant contributions towards the accessibility design features of all new regionally owned affordable housing projects. Chapelview is one of the first Region of Peel housing projects to be completed from a long list of other up-and-coming affordable housing developments that will also incorporate the same Universal Design Standards.

    The Region’s newest affordable housing project is proof that it is not just about funding the basics; it is about creating homes that residents can take pride in. Chapelview is a building that goes above and beyond standard requirements.

    The Accessibility Advisory Committee is very proud that Chapelview is able to offer a number of accessible and environmentally friendly features. There are four units located on the second floor that are completely barrier-free. Some of the fully barrier-free features include:

    Interior Unit View – Chapelview Project

    Interior Unit View – Chapelview Project

    • Lower counters and shelving
    • Accessible light switches and outlets
    • Wide turning radius to accommodate wheelchairs and roll-in showers
    • Audible and strobe fire alarms
    • Side-by-side fridge and freezer
    • Cook tops and wall ovens

     

    Interior Unit View – Chapelview Project

    The inclusion of the accessible features in Chapelview means that residents will be able to remain in their suites longer. This reduces the need for more costly or inappropriate housing, allowing for greater independence and dignity for persons of all ages and abilities. Chapelview is not just a building with accessible units. Chapelview allows individuals to positively adapt to their living environment and create an inclusive community to call home regardless of ability.

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