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