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” Toronto works because neighbourhood parks, libraries, community centres and beautification projects enrich our lives and bring us together. “

Gord Perks was elected to represent Parkdale-High Park in 2006. Gord has an impressive record on environmental initiatives that began in 1987, with such environmental organizations as Pollution Probe, Greenpeace Canada, the Better Transportation Coalition, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

Gord’s emphasis has been on waste reduction and public transit, he is the principal author of the Canadian Green Consumer Guide, one of Canada’s best selling non-fiction books. Gord Perks was an Environment columnist for Eye Weekly (now The Grid) and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto’s Environmental Studies Department.

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41 Wabash Avenue

February 2018.

A Pre-application Community Meeting was held in January 2018. The developer showed drawings that add one storey to the building on –site and extend the building south with 12 townhomes fronting onto Charles G Williams park. A parking spot would be provided for each townhome and a number- not yet set- would be available to the building. They are still uncertain if the building would be office or residential use.

Once an application is submitted to the city, all information will be online at the Application Information Centre: https://goo.gl/c79K1W .

Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study

February 2018

Staff are expected to submit a Planning Report with draft design guidelines to City Council early in 2018.


December 10, 2017

City Planning have conducted a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

A 3rd Community Consultation Meeting was held on Dec 4th, 2017 where staff provided an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

The Dec 4th, 2017 staff presentation can be found below :

Dundas Roncesvalles Study - December 4, 2017 meeting

November 3rd, 2017

City Planning staff are conducting a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

Link to review the past staff presentation of the Planning study: https://goo.gl/q2u6NS

Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

Please join us for a community consultation meeting on:

Date:          December 4, 2017

Time:          7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Place:          St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium) 116 Fermanagh Avenue

Your input is important to this process.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please forward your comments to councillor_perks@toronto.ca and Joanna Kimont, City Planner at joanna.kimont@toronto.ca .

Gord

Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14
www.gordperks.ca

April 26, 2017

Friends,

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Community Consultation meeting on the Roncesvalles and Dundas Planning Study earlier this week.

For those who were unable to attend or who may wish to review the Staff presentation, it is available below.

Your input is important to this process, please forward your comments to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Joanna Kimont, City Planner at joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Gord

Dundas Roncesvalles Study - April 24 2017

April 5th, 2017

Friends,

The City of Toronto is currently undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to appropriately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements.

City Planning Staff are holding a Community Consultation meeting to provide an update on the study’s progress and to outline some draft urban design guidelines.

Please join us for a community updated meeting on:

Date: April 24, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: St. Vincent De Paul Catholic School (Gymnasium), 116 Fermanagh Ave

Your input is important to this process.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please forward your comments to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Joanna Kimont, City Planner at joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Gord

October 17, 2016

Just a friendly reminder about this upcoming event:

Friends,

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to approximately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/roncesvallesdundas .

A Walking Tour with City Planning staff will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5-7 PM. 

We will meet at Grafton Avenue Park, southeast corner of Grafton and Roncesvalles Avenues, walk north along Roncesvalles to Dundas,  and continue east on Dundas to Sorauren Avenue.

Your input is important to this process.

To register for the walking tour, please contact the City Planner, Aviva Pelt at 416-392-0877 or apelt@toronto.ca.

If you are unable to attend this walking tour, please forward your comments to Councillor Perks at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Aviva Pelt, City Planner at apelt@toronto.ca.

I hope to see you on October 27th.

Gord

October 11, 2016

Please share with your neighbours:

Friends,

The City of Toronto is undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to approximately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/roncesvallesdundas .

A Walking Tour with City Planning staff will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5-7 PM. 

We will meet at Grafton Avenue Park, southeast corner of Grafton and Roncesvalles Avenues, walk north along Roncesvalles to Dundas,  and continue east on Dundas to Sorauren Avenue.

Your input is important to this process.

To register for the walking tour, please contact the City Planner, Aviva Pelt at 416-392-0877 or apelt@toronto.ca.

If you are unable to attend this walking tour, please forward your comments to Councillor Perks at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Aviva Pelt, City Planner at apelt@toronto.ca.

I hope to see you on October 27th.

Gord

 

October 16, 2015

Last week at Toronto and East York Community Council, I was successful in passing a motion to begin a Dundas Roncesvalles Planning Study.

That Toronto and East York Community Council:

 A.
Request the Director, Community Planning to conduct a review of development on Roncesvalles Avenue, between Queen Street West and Boustead Ave. and on Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Ave., including an inventory of current applications and current development pressure in the area and to work with the Director, Transportation Services to review potential streetscape improvements on Dundas Street West in the context of current and future development proposals;

 B.
Request the Director, Community Planning and the Director, Urban Design, to assess the applicable policy framework in the area and consider developing additional urban design and built form guidelines, including an assessment of heritage resources, to be used to inform the review of current and future development proposals, and to develop an understanding of what defines the character of the street;

 C.
Request the Director, Community Planning to report to Toronto and East York Community Council in the second quarter of 2016 on the status of this work.

 

If you are interested in participating, please send me your contact information (name, address, email and phone number). Once a date has been confirmed for the first Planning Community Meeting, I will be sure to send an invitation out.

I look forward to working with you on this important work.

2639 Dundas St West

Presentation by the developer at March 7th, 2018 Community Meeting

2639 Dundas Pres copy

February 2018

City Planning staff will hold another Community Meeting to review this application in March, 2018. Updates will shared as they are made available .


November 2017
The developer has shared their presentation from the Community meeting. 
Developer Presentation

October 2017
Gairloch Developments, the owner of 2639 Dundas Street West, the current site of Active Green and Ross, will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for 2639 Dundas St West. Both City Planning Staff and Councillor Perks will be in attendance.

The proposal includes a 8-storey mid-rise building fronting Dundas Street West. Proposed are 93 residential units and 52 parking spaces in an underground parking garage.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School, 1515 Bloor St W (Bloor St W and Dundas St W), 3rd Floor Staff Room

Parkdale Hub (Queen/Cowan )

February 2018

A community hub for Parkdale! The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. The goal of the hub is to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner.

There are multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.

All of the buildings require significant state of good repair investments over the next 10 years. An inter-divisional agency table, including City divisions and agencies, has been formed to begin coordinating the inventory. The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages. Community engagement will begin in 2018.

October 2017

There are currently, multiple City assets at the Queen St West/ Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape. All of the facilities require significant state of good repair investments over the next 1 to 10 years.

An inter-divisional agency table including City divisions and agencies has been formed to begin
co-ordinating the inventory and agency and stakeholder leads and then move to community engagement. The Parkdale Hub is in the very early stages.

Great news for Parkdale Community!

April 4, 2017

Friends,

At City Council this week, I brought forward a motion, approved by my colleagues, to determine the feasibility of a coordinated City plan for city-owned properties at the Queen/Cowan intersection. The goal being to build the City’s capacity to think and plan in a more coordinated and effective manner. A community hub for Parkdale.

There are currently, multiple City assets at the Queen Street West/ Cowan Avenue intersection, including Parkdale Public Library, Masaryk-Cowan Recreation Centre, a Toronto Parking Authority lot and a below market rent facility operated by Artscape.  All of the facilities require significant state of good repair investments over the next 1 to 10 years.  There is also pressure for a range of increased programing and services in the area, designated by City Council as a Neighbourhood Improvement Area.

Now that we have approval from City Council, the next step will be working with the Deputy City Managers to convene an inter-divisional agency table including: Parks Forestry and Recreation, the Toronto Public Library, Shelter Support and Housing Administration, City Planning, Economic Development and Culture, the Toronto Parking Authority, the Affordable Housing Office, Build Toronto, Toronto Public Health, Real Estate Services, and Social Development Finance and Administration.

This work will only succeed with community participation. Once the internal structure is in place, we will be brainstorming with the community on how to combine three city-owned properties into one large and vibrant community hub.

I am excited to share this information and to ask you to start thinking about what this opportunity means for Parkdale. My office will be in touch in the next few weeks to organize our first (of many) community meetings.

Gord

Ward 14, Parkdale High-Park
100 Queen Street West, Suite A14
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

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60 Atlantic Ave

February 2018

A proposed 5-storey commercial building with offices, retail, restaurant, and 2 levels of underground parking at 60 Atlantic Avenue has been approved by the OMB. Final orders from the OMB have not yet been approved. Toronto Building has issued an Excavation and Shoring permit for the site.

58 Atlantic Ave

February 2018

An application has been submitted for a 10-storey office building with retail at grade and underground parking at 56-58 Atlantic Avenue, 25-35 Liberty Street and 57-65 Jefferson Avenue. The proposal includes retention of the historic corner building known as 25 Liberty Street. Discussions between City Planning and the developer continue. City Planning staff’s report is not yet finalized.

 

7 Fraser Ave

The City has received an application for a 7-storey office building with a new private lane and below-grade parking. The proposed building is to be located on the southeastern portion of the property. The western portion of the building containing live-work units will be maintained while the eastern portion of the building currently occupied by a warehouse is proposed to be demolished. The property is listed on the City’s Heritage Registrar. City Planning staff are currently reviewing the application.

2720 Dundas St W

February 2018

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for a 12-storey mixed-use building with commercial at-grade, and 172 residential units. The application details 93 below-grade parking spaces with additional bicycle parking. Councillor Perks held a meeting in the fall to review the application with community members. The developer has submitted an appeal to the OMB. City Planning is in the process of completing a Report for Directions in response to the OMB appeal. All updates on this development application will be posted at gordperks.ca .


November 2017

The developer has shared their presentation from the November 21, 2017 Community Meeting.

2017-11-21 - 2720 Dundas St W Community Meeting Presentation

Further information on the application is available at: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4219694&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false


October 2017

A rezoning application has been submitted to the City of Toronto for a 12-storey mixed-use building with commercial at-grade, and 173 residential units. The application details 93 below-grade parking spaces with additional bicycle parking.

Councillor Perks is holding a Community Meeting in the gymnasium of Indian Rd Crescent Public School, 285 Indian Rd Crescent, (at Humberside), on November 21 from 7 to 9 PM where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

City Planning staff and a representative from the developer’s team will be in attendance.
More information on the 2720 Dundas St W application can be found on the Toronto Development Application website:
http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4219694&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false


August 2017

A developer, 2720 Dundas Junction Inc., has put in an application for rezoning. The application is for a 12-storey mixed-use building with 15,035 square metres of floor area, containing 173 residential units. A below grade parking lot is to contain 93 parking spaces with additional bicycle parking on the ground floor.

While the Councillor encourages holding a pre-application meeting, the developer has submitted its application without holding one. Planning staff will be drafting a Preliminary Report on this application to be released in the coming months. As this project moves forward there will be a community meeting held by Councillor Perks and Planning staff. The date for that meeting will be shared as it becomes available.

Comments can be directed toward my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or the planner on file, Barry Brooks at (416) 392-1316 or bbrooks@toronto.ca

More information on the 2720 Dundas St W application can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

2280 Dundas St W

April 2018

Choice Properties held a pre-application meeting for the 2280 Dundas St. West Loblaw site on Wednesday April, 18th.

Please see the link to their presentation slides:

http://bit.ly/2JDJWiC

 

Choice Properties also hosted a Community Drop-In Session on Saturday April, 21st to review the proposed plans for the site in an informal setting.

 


October, 2017

The second Community Open House was held by Choice REIT on October 14th at the former Zellers site. Their presentation is available online at: www.choicereit2280.ca

City Planning staff will begin their pre-application consultation process in early December. Information including date, time, location and format will be shared here once available.


June 15th, 2017

Choice Properties REIT, the developer of the 2280 Dundas St W project, held their first community meeting last night. The meeting showed no concept drawings of potential development, but instead gathered feedback from the community about their opinions of the site. This will be the first of several meetings over the coming months.

Many of you were part of a previous conversation about the potential for this site, creating a community framework during the preparation of the Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study in 2009, which can be found here: https://www1.toronto.ca/city_of_toronto/city_planning/community_planning/files/pdf/bloordundas_final_rep_full.pdfThe Bloor-Dundas area is detailed under “Opportunity Site 8”

 

421 Roncesvalles Ave

March 2018

Friends,

 Re: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue:

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Update and

Demolition of a Designated Heritage Property- Toronto Preservation Board Notification

I am writing to update you on the 421 Roncesvalles Avenue OMB prehearing conference that took place on Wednesday, March 14th and to provide notification of the Toronto Preservation Board Meeting to review an application to demolish a designated heritage property.

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing Update

As the applicant has now submitted an applied to demolish the heritage building at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue, the City has requested a new prehearing date to allow for time to review the request to demolition and provide comment.

The next prehearing is scheduled for October 10th. My office will provide a reminder closer to the date.

If you have questions or concerns about the OMB prehearing, please contact Kimberly Livingstone, OMB Case Coordinator, (416) 326-6773, Kimberly.Livingstone@ontario.ca or Joanna Kimont, City of Toronto Planner, 416-392- 0481, joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

Demolition of a Designated Heritage Property-Toronto Preservation Board Meeting

The Toronto Preservation Board will consider the request to demolish the heritage property at 421 Roncesvalles Ave at its meeting scheduled for Thursday March 22, 2018 at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Committee Room #3, 2nd Floor at 9:30 AM.

The City Planning Staff Report recommends refusal of the application to demolish the heritage structure on the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

Link to Agenda: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=1029#Meeting-2017.PB32

You may recall that the Toronto Heritage Preservation Board have previously approved City Planning’s Staff Report to refuse the request to alter the heritage property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

Toronto Preservation Board meetings are open to the public, and you or your representatives are welcome to speak or write in to this body.

Comments can be submitted on-line through the “Submit Comments” button at the top of the page of the Agenda Item.

You can also appear before the Toronto Preservation Board and share your comments with board members directly, register through the “Request to Speak” button at the top of the page of the Agenda Item. This online button will be removed by 4:30 p.m. the day before the meeting.

Alternatively, you can register to speak by contacting the City Clerk’s staff with your name, address, phone number and the item on which you would like to depute or make a presentation. Contact City Clerks at: 416-392-7033, 416-397-0111 (fax), teycc@toronto.ca

You must register by 12:00 noon on the day before the meeting; however you can also register in the meeting room before the meeting starts.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or to provide comment.

Councillor Gord Perks

Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14


 

February 2018

Friends,

 Re: 421 Roncesvalles Avenue

Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) Pre-Hearing

March 14, 2018

I am writing to update you on the 421 Roncesvalles Avenue development application.

The applicant has applied to construct a 26.1 metres tall (30 metres including mechanical penthouse) seven storey commercial and office building.

The Toronto Preservation Board and City Council have approved the recommendation that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (including the address at 61 Howard Park Avenue) be included on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

Further, Toronto Preservation Board and City Council have approved City Planning’s Staff Report that refuses the development application stating that the building will alter the two storey designated heritage building in a manner that would not conserve the cultural heritage values, attributes and character of the property.

Although City Planning Staff and the applicant continue to work to find agreement, the applicant has appealed the Zoning Amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board.

The OMB has now scheduled a one day prehearing conference on

Wednesday, March 14th

10 AM

Ontario Municipal Board,

16th Floor, 655 Bay Street

(2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.)

The purpose of the prehearing is to set a date for the actual hearing of the appeal and to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.

If you wish to have your concerns heard by the OMB you should attend the March 14th prehearing conference and obtain permission to speak either as a party or as a participant at the OMB hearing that is to be set for a later date. Information on party/participant status is available at http://elto.gov.on.ca/tribunals/omb/a-case-before-the-board/can-participate-hearing/participant/ . If you have concerns with this development application, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

If you have questions or concerns about the OMB prehearing, please contact Kimberly Livingstone, OMB Case Coordinator, (416) 326-6773, Kimberly.Livingstone@ontario.ca or Joanna Kimont, City of Toronto Planner, 416-392- 0481, joanna.kimont@toronto.ca.

I can be available to meet at 9:30 AM outside of the prehearing conference room on March 14th to review the process of the OMB prehearing. Please contact my office if you will be attending.

Councillor Gord Perks


October 2017

A rezoning application has been submitted for a 7-storey office building. The proposal includes the retention of the existing 2-storey heritage listed former bank building. The owner, Propellor Developments Inc, has submitted an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The nature of the appeal is based on a non-decision from City Council within a 120-day period of the applications submission. There is no set hearing date, however, you can track the case on the OMB website here.


August 2017

Toronto City Council has passed By-law No. 716-2017, designating 421 Roncesvalles Avenue as a site of heritage or cultural value/interest. This designation will come into effect as of August 23, 2017. Located at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, the building was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

Furthermore, the owner, Propellor Developments Inc, has submitted an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. The nature of the appeal is based on a non-decision from City Council within a 120-day period of the applications submission.  There is no set hearing date, however you can track the case on the OMB website here.

We will provide you with further information as it becomes available to us.


March 22nd, 2017

A community meeting was held last night to address the proposed development at 421 Roncesvalles Ave.

This application proposes to amend the Zoning By-law to allow the redevelopment the site with a seven-storey building containing retail and office uses with a height of 26.1 metres. The existing building will be maintained and while no vehicular parking spaces are being proposed, 38 bicycle parking spaces will be provided.

The community raised concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces, the length of construction and its effects on the neighbourhood, the heritage aspect of the existing structure, the proposed surpassing of the midrise guidelines, and the height, massing, and angular plane of the proposed building.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:  http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.TE22.40


February 6th, 2017 – Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act

Friends,

Earlier this week, City Council approved an Intention to Designate 421 Roncesvalles Avenue.

421 Roncesvalles Avenue, at the south east corner of Roncesvalles and Howard Park, was originally constructed as a branch of the Dominion Bank by Toronto’s great architect and urban designer John Lyle in 1914.

The Toronto Preservation Board endorsed a City staff report recommending that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue (including the address at 61 Howard Park Avenue) be included on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PB20.9

As you may recall, on October 21, 2016, the owners of the property applied for a demolition permit which is currently under review.

Following research and evaluation by City staff in Heritage Preservation Services, it was determined that the property at 421 Roncesvalles Avenue meets provincial criteria prescribed for municipal designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its design, associative and contextual value.

Under the Ontario Heritage Act, initiating a designation is one way of protecting a threatened heritage property to allow more time for considering alternatives.  Properties on the Heritage Register will be conserved and maintained in accordance with Official Plan Heritage Policies.

Designation enables City Council to review alterations to the site, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition.

Some useful information on designating a heritage building is available on-line:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a5d20621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/heritage/heritage_designation.shtml

City Planning staff are currently reviewing a Development Application for this site.

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4077923&isCofASearch=false

City Planning will be scheduling a meeting in late March, 2017 to review the application and hear from the community. My office will provide details of the meeting once they are secured.

Please feel free to contact my office if you require further information.

Gord

155 Cowan Avenue

More information on 155 Cowan Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

October 25th 2017

An application was submitted in 2013 for a 4-storey residential building. City Planning staff continue to work with the developer to find a suitable proposal.

57 Brock Avenue

More information on 57 Brock Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

February 2018

A Settlement Proposal was approved by Toronto City Council for a 7- storey development at 57 Brock Avenue. The Settlement Offer includes incorporating the mechanical penthouse into the 7th storey, with an additional set back on the 7th storey; a decrease in the overall number of units, combined with an increase in the number of two and three bedroom units; and an on-site parkland dedication.


November 2017

The developer of 57 Brock Avenue, Brock Seaforth Inc., submitted a settlement proposal to Toronto City Council. City Legal and City Planning staff approved the settlement proposal. The Staff Report, once finalized and added to the Council agenda, will be shared publicly.The settlement proposal makes revisions to the original application to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear of 57 Brock Avenue.

The developer has shared their presentation from the Community meeting. 57brockCommunity Meeting Presentation

If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact Councillor Perks Office, councillor_perks@tornto.ca or City Planner Kirk Hatcher, kirk.hatcher@toronto.ca.


October 12th, 2017 – The developer of 57 Brock Avenue, Brock Seaforth Inc., is submitting a settlement proposal to Toronto City Council which will be considered on November 7, 2017.

The settlement proposal makes revisions to the original application to amend both the Official Plan and the Zoning By-law to allow for a seven-storey residential building with two levels of above-ground parking located at the rear of 57 Brock Avenue.

Councillor Perks is holding a Community Meeting to review the revisions to the original application and to hear from community members.

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
7 – 9 PM
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 West Lodge Avenue

Councillor Perks, City Planner Kirk Hatcher, and representatives from Brock Seaforth Inc. will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the Community Meeting but wish to review the revised plans, please contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca to request this information.


January 1st, 2017 – The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments. Details are as follows:

Date: February 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Place: Parkdale Library, Auditorium
1303 Queen Street West


September 29th, 2016 – The ward planner and developer are meeting next week to discuss any changes to the development. More information will be posted once available, likely after the Preliminary Report for the November 15th Community Council.


April 21st, 2016 – A pre-application meeting for a potential development at 57 Brock Ave was held. The developer has proposed to build a 7-storey residential building. They are currently contemplating the comments made by the community and have not yet formally submitted an application.

11 Brock Avenue

The Toronto Parking Authority is in negotiation to purchase 11 Brock Avenue (former site of the LCBO). The site will be used as a temporary parking lot while work is underway to negotiate an application for affordable housing with a permanent green P lot.

6 Noble Street

More information on 6 Noble Street can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

February 2018

A Settlement Offer proposing an 8-storey (plus mechanical) condominium building is currently being reviewed by City Planning staff. Any updates will be shared as they become available.


December 2017

Friends,

The first OMB pre-hearing conference on the 6 Noble Street development application was held on December12th, 2017.

The developer advised that they have submitted a Settlement Offer to the City with revision to the original application.

The Settlement Offer is now posted on line at:

http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=4023767&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

Of note, revisions include the height of the building which has been reduced from 14 storeys (51.3 m including mechanical penthouse) to 8 storeys (32.3 m including mechanical penthouse); and no non-residential uses are proposed. The non-residential gross floor area and the live-work units have been replaced with townhouse units.

City Planning along with a number of City departments will now review the Settlement Offer and provide their feedback.

My office will organize a meeting in 2018 to review the Settlement Offer with the community. City Planning staff and the developer will be invited to attend this meeting.

City Planning staff will then provide their recommendations on the Settlement Offer. If they recommend approval of the Settlement Offer, a report will be submitted to the February 21st Toronto and East York Community Council. If they do not recommend approval of the settlement offer, City Staff will attend the next pre-hearing scheduled for May 22 at 10 AM at the OMB, 655 Bay St, 16th floor.

Please watch for Community Meeting Notice early in 2018. As always, my office is available to answer questions and hear your concerns.

Sincerely,
Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

November 2017


 6 Noble Street 

OMB Pre-Hearing

 Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10 AM

Ontario Municipal Board, 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street

(2 blocks north of Dundas St. W.).


 I have an important update on the 6 Noble St. development application.

The developer of 6 Noble St. originally proposed a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

As you might know, the developer appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board. A pre-hearing conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 10 AM.   The purpose of the pre-hearing is to identify anyone who wishes to attend at the OMB Hearing, either as a party or as a participant, in opposition to or in support of the application.  If you have concerns with the development proposal, your involvement at this stage of the process is important.

City Planning staff and the developer have also continued to work to find a suitable proposal for the site.  The ‘without prejudice’ discussions between City staff and the developer allows for exploration of possible changes that might result in an agreement without offers or counter offers being made public. I am not involved in these discussions.

City Legal have informed me that the developer will be making a revised ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer very soon. A ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer will be a public document. If available, it will be shared at the December 12th pre-hearing.

It is my practice to share details of any ‘with prejudice’ settlement offer prior to it being considered by City Council either through email or, if time permits, at a community meeting.

At this time, the developer has agreed not to seek a Hearing date at the pre-hearing conference. Instead, they will seek a second pre-hearing in April, 2018 which could be converted into a settlement hearing if a settlement is reached.

It is important that anyone with an interest in this matter attend the OMB pre-hearing on Tuesday Dec 12th, notwithstanding the fact that no Hearing date is to be scheduled. This will allow community members to be made parties or participants and be a part of any proceeding should a settlement fail to occur.

Information on party/participant status is available at http://www.omb.gov.on.ca/stellent/groups/public/@abcs/@www/@omb/documents/webasset/ec156907.pdf

If you are interested in attending the OMB prehearing but have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office for assistance.   I will be available to meet at 9:30 AM outside of the prehearing conference room at the OMB to review the process of the OMB prehearing. Please contact my office if you are interested.

Sincerely,

Gord Perks

City Councillor

Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

October, 2017 

An application has been submitted to the City to construct at 14-storey, mixed-use building containing commercial use at grade. Two community meetings have been help to date. Community members have raised concerns with the application and have given encouragement to continue working with the Pia Bouman dance studio, retaining rental space on the site. A Preliminary Report by City Planning is available on-line at http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-102899.pdf . City Planning and the developer continue to work to find agreement. However, the developer has appealed to the OMB. A pre hearing date is scheduled for December 12, 2017.


July 6th, 2017

6 Noble Street Developments has appealed their rezoning application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The type of appeal is listed as ‘Application for an amendment to the Zoning By-law  –  failed to make a decision on the application within 120 days’. The applicant will be requesting the OMB to approve their rezoning proposal. City Planning will be bringing a Request for Directions Report to a Fall 2017 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) meeting requesting that a City Solicitor and appropriate staff attend the OMB hearing once it is scheduled. In the meantime, City Planning staff remain available to the applicant.


October 4th, 2016 – 6 Noble Street Developments have submitted a formal application to the city for a Zoning By-law Amendment. They are seeking to build a fourteen-storey, mixed-use building containing commercial use at grade and 174 residential units above. There are also 76 proposed parking spaces in an included below-grade parking garage.


October 3rd, 2016 – Comments for the Preliminary Report for the November 15th Community Council are due in early November. As more information is submitted it will be made available here.

Please pass on this information to your neighbours.

The developer of 6 Noble Street, 6 Noble Street Developments Inc., will be holding a pre-application meeting to discuss their proposed plans for this site.

The developer is proposing a 14 storey residential rental condominium containing 178 units. Further details will be available at the community meeting.

Councillor Perks and City Planning staff will be in attendance.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and are interested in providing comment and/or receiving more detailed information, please email Councillor Perks office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca.

Date: Monday, June 20th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement auditorium)

422 – 436 Roncesvalles & 76 Howard Park Avenue

More information on 422 Roncesvalles can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

October 2017

The development proposal for 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue and 76 Howard Park Avenue was settled in January 2017. The settlement, approved by the OMB, results in an 8-storey building with a height of 42.45 metres. The building will meet the angular plane guidelines.

The townhouse located on Howard Park Avenue will now be located on the west side of the laneway rather than the east side. The townhouses have been reduce din height from 4 storeys to 3 storeys and reduced in number from 6-4 units. The integral garages have been removed. Parking will be under the mail building.

At this time, the Site Plan is under review by City Planning. Once approved, construction will begin on site


January 26th, 2017

Friends,

The development proposal for 422-436 Roncesvalles and 76 Howard Park Avenue was scheduled to be heard at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) yesterday.

The developer and City Planning have settled the matter without a hearing. The settlement, approved by the OMB, results in an 8 storey building with a height of 25.45 m. The building will meet the angular plane guidelines.

The Townhouses located on Howard Park Avenue will now be located on the west side of the laneway rather than the east side. The townhouses have been reduced in height from 4 storeys to 3 storeys and reduced in number from 6 to 4 units. The integral garages have been removed. Parking will be under the mail building.

Both parties have been requested to submit a terms of settlement to the OMB. My office will share this information once available.

The final order from the OMB is withheld until revised plans are resubmitted by the developer and site serving is addressed.

City staff will use the revised plans to draft zoning bylaws. The OMB will then approve the bylaw.

The Community Working Group was very engaged in the process to find an acceptable proposal at this site. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our community. I would also like to acknowledge the community members who came to the OMB for the day.

Gord


October 2016

A community meeting was held on October 19th where residents were given an update from City Planning and myself, and were able to voice their concerns. The major issues had to do with height and density, the impact on Character Area feel, and the integration of the townhouses with the surrounding area.

A working group of community members is now being constructed that will delve further into the issues that might be raised by the development.

Further information will be posted as it becomes available.


May 2016

Councillor Perks’ Office has been advised that the developers of 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue and 76 Howard Park Avenue have appealed their rezoning application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

The type of appeal is listed as: Application for an amendment to the Zoning By-law – failed to make a decision on the application within 120 days. The applicant will be requesting the OMB to approve their rezoning application.

At this time City Planning staff will begin preparing a Request for Directions which they will submit to Toronto and East York Community Council.

Our office will provide further information as it becomes available.


January 2016

City Planning are currently reviewing the application. Once their report is completed and public, our office will share with the community.

Application documents available on-line at:
http://app.toronto.ca/Develo…/associatedApplicationsList.do…

422- 436 Roncesvalles Ave & 76 Howard Park Ave
Community Meeting: January 11, 2016

Following the Presentation from City Planning and Presentation from Developer, the following comments/concerns were shared by community members.

• Building height: Building must support the character of the village
Midrise building is needed, this is taller than what city allows and it does
not respect the Character designation of the street
Townhomes are tall-4 storeys

• Can application be held while Dundas / Roncesvalles Planning Study is underway: no

• Too many units

• Shade-concern with impact of shade a building this size would create

• Privacy-overlook into Hewitt Avenue properties

• Setback-of both building and townhomes are a concern. The City needs to protect neighbourhoods setbacks and green space not shade and wind tunnels. Wind study can be requested.

• Landscape plan: trees

• Traffic flow- concern of cars travelling on Hewitt to exit from lane.- Planning: current application does not show lane continuing through to Hewitt,
TTC will be required to review for comments on streetcar flow, may require a right turn in – right turnout

• Parking units: Concern that the number of vehicles will exceed the spots available (99 units /75 spots) City standards: bike parking, visitor parking, auto share

• Mechanical noise: concern that noise from mechanical will impact on neighbours

• Community amenities: concern with impact of new neighbours, vehicles, dogs on Howard School lands

• Service access: solid waste will review application, city requires that service vehicles not reverse off of the site.

• Mature trees: 5 private trees may be impacted by this application

• There are access issues for properties on Roncesvalles- private issue, however, Planning will need evidence that all outstanding legal issues with neighbours are resolved

• Noise from demolition will continue for 1 ½ to 2 weeks

• There will be a Construction Management Plan to lay out a complaints process and management plan for build once an application is approved.

Community asked if they support application: NO,
if they feel that a few things need to be changed to move forward: NO.
Clear message from community that they do not support the application.

Councillor Perks does not support the application in its current form.


September 2015

The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application of 422-436 Roncesvalles Avenue will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday, November 10, 2015. http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.32

The rezoning application proposes to redevelop the site currently occupied by a two-storey funeral parlour and two, two-storey commercial buildings with an eight-storey mixed-use building containing 93 residential units and six grade-related townhouses fronting a private driveway accessible via Howard Park Avenue.  A total of 77 parking spaces will be provided in two levels below grade, including six visitor spaces.  The mixed-use building will have a height of 25.7 metres (29.5 to the top of the mechanical penthouse) and the townhouse buildings will have a height of 15.28 metres.

Information on the application is available on-line at:http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3816210&isCofASearch=false, Supporting Documentation.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

The meeting will likely be scheduled for January/February, 2016. City Planning staff will be notifying neighbouring residents. My office will be providing general notice throughout Ward 14. If you wish to be added to the email blast list for this application, please send an email to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, with subject line 422-30 Roncesvalles Avenue Street email list.

 

Budapest Park

The City of Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation, has plans to upgrade the Playground at Budapest Park on the Western Waterfront.

Improvements to the playground and surroundings will make this existing outdoor play space easily accessible for children of all ages and abilities. Upgrades will include :

• a new paved pathway into the play area and onto the boardwalk
• reformed and resurfaced play-pads
• new sandbox and play fixtures, with park bench seating on generous platforms
• restored and increased sodded areas
• The riding dinosaurs and the wading pool will remain.

Budapest Park Playground Upgrade notice

Budapest Park Playground Design

1182 and 1221 King Street West

More information on 1182 and 1221 King Street West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

February 2018

A Settlement Proposal was approved by Toronto City Council for a 14-storey building on the south-west and a 17-storey building on the north-east side of the King- Dufferin St intersection. The developer will now prepare the Site Plan which will be reviewed for approval by City Planning staff.


November 2017

The developer has shared their presentation from the Community meeting.

King Dufferin Community Presentation 01NOV17

October 2017

City Planning will be submitting their Final Report on the 1182-1221 King St. W. Rezoning Application to the November 14th meeting of Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC).
Councillor Perks is holding a Community Meeting to review the developer’s revisions to the original application and to hear from community members.
The Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 from 7 – 9 PM in the Basement Meeting Room of the Parkdale United Church, 171 Dunn Avenue, at King Street West.
Councillor Perks will be joined by City Planner Kirk Hatcher and a representative from the development team.


The Preliminary Staff Report responding to the rezoning application of 1182 and 1221 King Street West will be reviewed at Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.TE12.31

The rezoning application proposes to amend the City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws with a 21-storey residential building (73 m) with retail at grade and 448 residential units at 1182 King Street West and a 19-storey building (67 m) with retail at grade and 301 residential units at 1221 King Street West, located on opposite sides of the Dufferin/King intersection.

The Staff Report recommends a community consultation meeting.  City Planning and other city departments will have their comments on this application available at the community meeting.

The meeting will likely be scheduled for January, 2016. City Planning staff will be notifying neighbouring residents. My office will be providing general notice throughout Ward 14. If you wish to be added to the email blast list for this application, please send an email to my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca, with subject line 1182-1221 King Street email list.

 

Friends of Watkinson Parkette

https://watkinsonpark.wordpress.com/

Maintenance Work on Gardiner Expressway from west of Strachan Ave. to Grand Magazine St.

Anticipated Start Date: April 25, 2014
Expected Completion Date: December 31, 2016
gardiner1
Starting April 25, 2014, the City of Toronto will be replacing the Gardiner Expressway deck from west of Strachan Avenue to Grand Magazine Street.

This work is being carried out as part of the Gardiner Expressway maintenance and improvement program.

Construction Details

The project includes replacement of the existing concrete deck, parapet walls and bases of light poles, repair and replacement of several bearings and localized repair of the steel girders. Removal of the Garrison road bridge is also part of this project to accommodate pedestrian access to Fort York Historic Site.

The work will be carried out in two (2) phases. Phase 1 work will take place on the Gardiner Expressway from CNE to Garrison Road. When phase 1 construction is complete, phase 2 work will begin on the Gardiner Expressway from Garrison Road to Grand Magazine Avenue.

Traffic Disruptions
Within each phase of construction, work will be done in four stages. During each stage of construction one eastbound lane and one westbound lane of the Gardiner Expressway will be closed.

In addition, short term night time lane closures may be required periodically through the construction duration to facilitate the construction work.

Work Hours
Work will typically take place from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, with work after hours and on Sundays as required. Overnight work is required to support daytime construction and to complete the project as quickly as possible. Every effort will be made to minimize construction noise during the work periods. We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this construction work.

Construction Impacts
Sidewalks, pedestrian pathways and bike lanes may need to be closed on Fort York Blv., CNE ground and Strachan intersection for safety reasons when work is taking place overhead. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, however alternative access routes will be posted at on-site signage. Access to buildings, parking lots and driveways will be maintained at all times.

Disruptions
As with all construction projects, there will be noise and temporary inconveniences. In order to complete the work effectively and in a safe manner, the noise in the area will include the use of jack hammers, air compressors, concrete trucks and pumps.
Advance traffic warning signs will be posted in the area to advise the public of traffic restrictions.
Every effort will be made to reduce the inconvenience. The City appreciates your understanding and co-operation.
Your co-operation and patience during the construction period will be appreciated.
Need more information?
Project Web page: www.toronto.ca/constructioninfo
Contact:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Negar Khalvati, P.Eng. 416-392-4362
nkhalva@toronto.ca
24 hours Customer Service Line 311
311@toronto.ca
TTY 416-397-0831

West Queen West Planning Study

 

October 2017

City Planning Staff are conducting a planning study of Queen Street West, from Bathurst St to Roncesvalles Ave. The study is reviewing the heritage character and value of buildings in the area, built-form and height of new developments, existing policy context, transit capacity and parking in the area, public space improvements, understanding and defining the character of the street and developing a vision for future development along the street. The transportation and Heritage component of the study are near completion. My office will share information on the study and meeting dates as they are made available.


July 2017

On June 26, a community meeting was held at 115 Queen St. W Theatre Centre.  This was the second meeting to take place in regards to the West Queen West and Queen West Heritage study being undertaken by the City of Toronto.

It was outlined that the study is progressing towards its second phase, with the commencement of the Heritage Conservation District Study process.  The Toronto Preservation Board voted to support the development of two HCD plans: West Queen West HCD and Parkdale Main Street HCD.  These study’s will seek to identify buildings of historical value in the two districts by establishing two community advisory groups, undertaking research and evaluation practices, and coordinate HCD plans with planning study policies.

The scale and form of growth will be implemented through the Official Plan, HCS plans, as well as area specific guidelines to ensure for responsible and respectful development.

For the presentation slides as well as contact information click here.


The West Queen West Planning Study will begin in early 2014, with public meetings taking place in the first half of the year.

City Planning staff will be review the policy context, built-form and heritage value of the properties on Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Gord has heard from many community members that protection of the heritage values and character of Queen Street West remains a priority as we welcome change to this street.

The study will involve public consultation to clarify what defines the street character and to develop a community vision for the future. Transit capacity and parking supply will also be reviewed.

Planning staff have begun mapping out the meeting and reporting schedule.

West Roncesvalles Planning Report

The Final Report of the West Roncesvalles Planning study passed unanimously at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) in January 2014.

This Final Report refined the Performance Standards/guidelines which will be used in the assessment of all small-scale retail, service or office use proposals on the west side of Roncesvalles Avenue between Marmaduke Street and Marion Street.

A draft set of guidelines were originally considered by TEYCC in June, 2013 and were further refined based on feedback received form both the Community Meeting and outreach mailing in October 2013. A copy of the Final Report is available on line at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-64682.pdf

The West Roncesvalles Planning Study was undertaken as an opportunity for City Planning staff and community member to begin a conversation on whether there is a need for amendments to the Zoning By-law to permit small-scale retail, service and office uses on the lands on the West side of Roncesvalles Avenue currently designated as Neighbourhoods.

Community members were very engaged in this process. Once again, we did a fantastic job together.

Roncesvalles Avenue is a unique street. This is a unique and well thought out response to the street.

Friends of Masaryk Park

http://masarykfriends.com/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

 

Friends of Charles G. Williams Park

http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/category/charles-g-williams-playground/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

Friends of Ritchie Parkette

http://ritchieparkette.blogspot.ca/

Join your neighbours at one of these Friends of Parks groups, or contact our office for assistance in starting a ‘friends of ‘ group for your local park.

‘Friends of’ Parks working together with City staff and other local organizations and businesses, to improve park conditions and helps create safe, attractive and enjoyable programs and park facilities.

Queen West Restaurant Report

The Queen West Restaurant By-law was enacted in July 2014 with a review by City Planning staff currently underway. The by-law seeks to balance the interests of area residents and businesses and address concerns related to the concentration of restaurants and bars along Queen St W between Roncesvalles Ave and Dufferin St. A Staff Report is expected in the spring of 2018.


In 2013, Toronto City Council approved a new zoning bylaw governing restaurants on Queen Street between Dufferin Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

The bylaw is an effort to find a balance between different interests in Queen Street West’s future. It places some restrictions on the size and operation of restaurants and bars and sets a limit on the percentage of storefronts that can operate as restaurants and bars. This limit is a cap on concentration.

Queen Street’s zoning bylaw is determined by a few overall City Planning Policies that describe an important function of Queen Street; create opportunities for local shopping and support the character of the neighbourhoods to the north and south. The recent influx of bars has started to tip out of balance. The concentration cap will prevent the balance from skewing further.
None of the existing operations will be required to close. In fact, some sections of the street (further west) can accommodate a few more bars and restaurants.

The report also recommends working with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, to investigate new tools to control bars. The critical issue of late night drinking and its impacts on the quality of life for neighbours remains a concern for area residents.
Finally, the report recommends reporting back in three years on the effect of the new bylaw.
This is a novel approach to better integrating local business and neighbourhoods.
This new bylaw, the result of five years of community conversation, recommended by City Planning and approved by Toronto Council, is being appealed to the OMB by the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association.

1624 Queen Street West

Toronto Parking Authority continues to move ahead with their plans for a 37 space car park (at Callender Street).

Expected completion date is early fall, 2015.

 

24-66 Howard Park Avenue

Construction of the second building is underway.

More information on 24-66 Howard Park Avenue can be found on the Toronto Development Application website: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=2962908&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

383 Sorauren Ave

A 10-storey residential building, consisting of 145 units is completed.

More information on 383 Sorauren Ave can be found on the Toronto Development Application website : http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3234033&isCofASearch=false

35 Wabash Avenue

A 4-storey apartment building is near completion.
More information on 35 Wabash Avenue can be found on the Toronto Development Application website: http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/mapSearchSetup.do?action=init

2803 Dundas Street West at Indian Grove

A 7-storey mixed-use building containing retail uses at grade is complete

More information on 2803 Dundas St West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website : http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=3041525&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

2376 Dundas Street West, North of Bloor Street West

More information on 2376 Dundas Street can be found on the Toronto Development Application website here.

An OMB decision in March, 2014 approved an 8 storey mid-rise building along Dundas Street West with a 23 storey component at the rear of the site.

Site plan approval remains under review. There is a stand alone excavation and shoring permit for soil remediation.

 

High Park Residents' Association

http://highparkra.org/

Bloor Street to High Park Boulevard, between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue.

City of Toronto – Roncesvalles Avenue – Streetscape Improvements

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment:

http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/roncesvalles_streetscape/index.htm

Community Organizations:

Roncesvalles Village BIA

http://www.roncesvallesvillage.ca/

Roncesvalles Renewed

http://www.roncesvallesrenewed.org/

West End Bike Plan

The City is developing a Bikeway Network that will link cyclists with neighbourhoods and destinations across the city. The network will serve both commuter and recreational cycling. It will be comprised of connected Cycle Tracks, bicycle lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use pathways in parklands and hydro and rail corridors. More inforation is avaialble no-line at:

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?
vgnextoid=1a63970aa08c1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/public-consultations/pdf/west-end-bikeways-november2008.pdf

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=b7300995bbbc1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Sunnyside Beach Curtain

A large component of the Western Waterfront Master Plan (WWMP) is to create an accessible Waterfront. In 2009, as part of phase one of the WWMP, the City built a curtain to create a swimming area along Toronto’s Waterfront. Unfortunately, due to high algae and high maintenance issues, the curtain was decommissioned the following year.

http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/02/101001083402.html

Western Waterfront Master Plan (WWMP)

After much hard work by the community, planning alliance and myself, the WWMP was approved at Council. This plan will reconnect Ward 14 to the Waterfront and create more opportunities for recreation as well as improving on pedestrian and bicycle access.

Since the WWMP was approved, I have been successful in having a signalized intersection located at Jameson Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd East installed, which allows for greater connectivity to the waterfront. Minor improvements are also being planned for Dowling Beach and 37+ new trees have been planted at Marilyn Bell Park. After many years of hard work, I was successful in removing CNE parking from Marilyn Bell Park. I firmly believe park land should not be parking lots.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=25994f058377f310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=90777c6a9967f310VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Wabash Community Centre

February 2018

Community consultations on the Wabash Community Centre will begin Summer, 2018! This is the next step in the pre-engineering and investigations phase of City Staff’s work.

The completion date set for the recreation centre remains as 2022.


The Feasibility Study for a Green Community Centre and Park Redevelopment Project at 40 Wabash Avenue/Sorauren Park was undertaken in 2009 to develop an innovative environmental community centre project in Sorauren Park. The goal being to provide a preliminary design demonstrating how a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified community centre embodying the goals of the City of Toronto Green Development Standards may be realized on the site. The community Centre waits for an approved budget, I have been hard at work with the Wabash Building Society (a non for profit community based group) and have successfully opened the Field House at Sorauren Park. The Field House has a donated kitchen, washrooms, a meeting space (its for rent and holds about 20 people, perfect for children’s parties and small gatherings). Most of the material that comprises the interior of the building has been donated. Even the planting outside, for the most part, have been donated. A real community effort.

In 2014, you will see a town square being constructed between the filed house and the old Linseed Oil factory (the community centre one day). The tow square will host the Sorauren farmer’s Market on Monday’s, have benches under trees, a walkway which will eventually join the two buildings and increased lighting. Here is a link to the town square plans http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/park-features/town-square/

Planning:

City of Toronto:

http://www.toronto.ca/parks/wabash_avenue.htm

Community web site:

http://wabashbuildingsociety.wordpress.com/
http://soraurenpark.wordpress.com/

Albert Crosland Parkette

In 2009 Parks completed the final component of a long term park improvement plan with the installation of a swing set in the north quadrant of the park. Tucked away behind busy Queen Street and located next to a TPA lot, this greenspace is an asset to many residents in the neighbourhood.

Cunningham Flank

Not technically a park, this greenspace was reclaimed by Cunningham residents in 2009. The project is a work in progress that began with the removal of an illegal fence and debris, and will continue once a dozen trees are planted in the spring of 2011.

Grafton Avenue Parkette

This small, unused park was revitalized in 2006 thanks to the vision and dedication of the West End Flower Fairies and local residents. Once a forgotten greenspace, Grafton is now home to a flourishing and ever growing community garden.

https://www.facebook.com/WestEndFlowerFairies

Chelsea Avenue Playground

February 2018

Chelsea Park renovations began in the fall of 2017, with anticipated completion by June 2018. The renovations include the installation of new playground equipment, upgrades to the existing wading pool, a new walkway, benches, picnic tables and a water bottle filling station. Thank you to community residents for your work on designing these upgrades!


A small but active group is currently working to define a list of priorities. Improvement for this small park, mainly used by children under the age of 7, will be undertaken in 2010/2011. The space currently features two playgrounds, a wading pool, and a splashpad.

The Waterfront

Used by residents, visitors, event holders and stakeholders, the Waterfront is one of the more active areas in Ward 14, especially in the spring and summer months. The Martin Goodman Trail, approximately 50km long, winds its way along the waterfront and is a multi user trail (walk, run, cycle, rollerblade, and strollers). The trail is cleared of snow in the winter, making the trail usable all year. Many events are held along the Waterfront including Caribana and the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Baird Park

In 2008, the walkway was repaved and a fence was added around the playground at the request of the community. In addition, Baird Park had a Dogs Off-Leash area installed in 2011.

Charles G. Williams Park

The community has identified a few priorities and staff will be implementing the minor improvements to the sand area, murals, planting beds and wading pool in 2010/2011.

Sorauren Park

February 2018

A bake oven has been built at Sorauren Park! Special thanks to community donors and the Friends of Sorauren volunteers who helped build the oven.


http://www.soraurenpark.com/

With community input and help from Parks Forestry and Recreation, residents and soccer users will directly benefit from the new turf which was installed in 2009 in the soccer field located at the north end of the park. A dog-off leash area was installed in 2010. The local Wabash Buidling Society hopes to have funds raised to build the Sorauren Town Square by 2013.

West Lodge Park

With input from the community and the TDSB, the City undertook improvements at West Lodge Park in 2009.  The improvements included hardscaping, including the seating wall and pathways and upgrades to wading pool.

Close Avenue Parkette

116 Close Ave. Toronto, Ontario.

In 2008 the City negotiated a shared use agreement with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) for improvements to the play equipment at Queen Victoria Public School and Close Avenue Park (Horsey Park).  New equipment was installed and it and the wading pool are well used by the community.

Spencer Cowan Parkette

Spencer Cowan Parkette is a green space located south of King between Spencer and Cowan. In 2011, new playground equipment was installed and improvements made to the wading pool.

Masaryk Park

February 2018

As part of Masaryk Park improvements, a merry-go-round was installed in Spring 2017


Masaryk Cowan, has become a hub for local food lovers. In 2006 Greenest City created a community garden that not has not only improved access to food, but had brought together many diverse communities in Parkdale. Wading pool improvements were completed in 2011.

http://masarykfriends.com/

Rita Cox Park

February 2018

A new shade structure will be installed in Rita Cox Park in Spring 2018. It will provide a place to meet and some welcomed relief on hot days for the many park users.


Rita Cox Park, located on Machells Ave, just north of Lamport Staduim, was built in 2006 and named in honour Dr. Rita Cox, community activist, Librarian and renowned Storyteller. Rita Cox is an exceptional individual who, through her love of the spoken and written word, has inspired people of all ages and has opened the literary world to her audiences. Rita’s work touches the lives of residents in the Parkdale community, especially children and newcomers to the city. Dr. Cox has pioneered and/or worked with a number of Parkdale agencies including Parkdale Project Read, Gallery 1313, Parkdale Intercultural Association, Parkdale Community Information Centre, and Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre (just to name a few!) In naming a park in her honour, we celebrate Dr. Cox’s achievements and continuing contributions to the community.

Roncesvalles Village BIA

www.roncesvallesvillage.ca

Parkdale Village BIA

www.parkdalevillagebia.com

Liberty Village BIA

www.lvbia.com

Sunnyside Community Association

High Park Boulevard to the lake between Roncesvalles Avenue and Parkside Drive.

Junction Gardens BIA

www.junctionbia.ca

Bloor by the Park BIA

High Park Residents’ Association

http://highparkra.org/

Bloor Street to High Park Boulevard, between Parkside Drive and Roncesvalles Avenue.

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents' Association

http://www.rmra-to.org/

Dundas Street to Queen Street, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue. Golden/Ritchie triangle north of Dundas and south of Bloor east to the Railway tracks.

 

Parkdale Residents' Association

http://parkdale.to/

Roncesvalles Avenue to Dufferin Street, South to the lake and North to Pearson Avenue, Macdonell to the railway tracks and back to Dufferin Street.

Roncesvalles Reconstruction Project

When construction is complete Roncesvalles will be an innovative streetscape that meets the needs of a variety of users. Through extensive consultation we have developed a streetscape design that beautifies the public realm, supports local business, and improves accessibility for transit users and cyclists. This has been a major undertaking that could not have been possible without a great deal of community consultation and input.

Bloor-Dundas Avenue Study

December 2017:
City Planning have conducted a study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, and of Dundas Street West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue.

This study reviews the built form and physical character of the area which includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, assessing heritage resources and considering streetscape and landscape improvement.

A 3rd Community Consultation Meeting was held on Dec 4th, 2017 where staff provided an update on the study and the draft urban design guidelines.

The Dec 4th, 2017 staff presentation can be found below :

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=bf040621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

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In March 2008 after a number of Local Advisory Committee meetings, City Council approved an ‘Avenue’ study for the portion of Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street. The Bloor-Dundas ‘Avenue’ study makes Planning recommendations for implementing the policies of the City of Toronto Official Plan.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=bf040621f3161410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextfmt=default

Lamport Park

Working with Parks Forestry and Recreation, new turf and fencing has been installed at Lamport. With these new upgrades and the new installed bubble by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Lamport Stadium is now a year round city run facility. Many community recreation groups and organizations use Lamport as well as Caribana and other city-wide festivals. The local businesses in Liberty Village welcome the year round use.

West Bend Community Association

http://www.thewestbend.ca

Bound by Keele Street on the west, Bloor Street on the south and the railway line on the east and north.

Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association

http://www.rmra-to.org/

Dundas Street to Queen Street, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue. Golden/Ritchie triangle north of Dundas and south of Bloor east to the Railway tracks.

 

Parkdale Residents’ Association

http://parkdale.to/

Roncesvalles Avenue to Dufferin Street, South to the lake and North to Pearson Avenue, Macdonell to the railway tracks and back to Dufferin Street.

1100 King Street West

A 10-storey residential building, consisting of 145 units is under construction.

More information on 1100 King St West can be found on the Toronto Development Application website:
http://app.toronto.ca/DevelopmentApplications/associatedApplicationsList.do?action=init&folderRsn=2917565&isCofASearch=false&isTlabSearch=false

1205 Queen Street West

An 8-storey condominium finished construction in 2014.

Gord Perks
City Councillor
Ward 14, Parkdale-High Park

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