Upcoming Lakeshore West Bridge Maintenance Work

Posted on September 7, 2018

THE PROJECT

Metrolinx will be rehabilitating/replacing 6 century-old rail bridges over the course of 9 weekends following Labour Day. This work will start each Friday evening and continue until the following Monday morning. Our current schedule is as follows:
 Humber River Bridge: September 8 – December 2
 Colborne Lodge Drive: October 12 – 14
 Parkside Drive: October 19 – 21
 Ellis Avenue: October 26 – 28
 Windermere Avenue: November 23 – 25
 South Kingsway: November 30 – December 2

Please see the attached for more information:

2018-08-29 Upcoming Bridge Maintenance Work (002)

Amended Closures for the Labour Day Parade – September 3, 2018

Posted on August 30, 2018

Due to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) lockout at Exhibition Place, the parade will no longer finish at the CNE grounds but at Lamport Stadium.

The closure times are 7 am to 2:30 pm on September 3, 2018 for the formation area of the parade at the following locations:

a) University Av, both north and southbound lanes, full closure, from Dundas St West to Richmond St West

b) Queen St West, full closure, from Bay St to University Av

c) Centre St, full closure, from Armoury St to Dundas St West

d) Armoury St, full closure, from University Av to Chestnut St

e) York St, from Queen St West to Richmond St West (access to parking garage for Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts must be accessible)

The closure times for the dispersal area around Lamport Stadium are 7 am to 2:30 pm at the following locations:

a) Liberty St, full closure, from Dufferin St to Jefferson St

b) Jefferson Av, from King St West to Liberty St

For information on any ward 14 or City related matters, email our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or call us at 416-392-7919 .

An Update on Development Application | 2706-2730 Dundas St West

Posted on August 9, 2018

 

The developer of 2706-2730 Dundas St West has submitted a Settlement Offer to the city.

City staff have reviewed the offer and recommended that City Legal and Planning staff attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hearing in support of the settlement offer. City Council, at its meeting on July 23-30, 2018 accepted this direction.

Some details on the Settlement Offer:

 

  • a total of nine (9) storeys, representing a reduction in the original proposal of 12 storeys
  • a total height of 30.05 metres excluding allowable overruns representing a reduction in the original proposal of 45.03 metres  {the allowable overruns include the cooling tower, the exit stairs, the building elevators {including required elevator overruns), the interior elevator lobby space located directly in front of the elevators, rooftop art installation {subject to City review), and all other structures and equipment reasonably appropriate in the construction and operation of a rooftop outdoor amenity space and green roof;
  • general compliance with the 45 degree “skyview angular plane” taken from the south side of Dundas Street West
  • Dundas Street West elevation to “read” as having a three (3) storey base building, for example by adding an architectural cap on top of the third floor

Three of the Confidential Schedules are now available online for your review at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2018.CC44.38 .

The Land Planning Appeal Tribunal pre-hearing date is scheduled for October 2, 2018 at 10 AM at Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (Toronto) 16th Floor, 655 Bay Street, 16th Floor Toronto ON M5G 1E5.

Please feel free to contact my office if you have any comments or question about this or any City-related matter.

Update on 20 Jerome Street

Posted on August 9, 2018

Friends,

The City’s Heritage Staff has asked my office to share the following update on the Terracotta House at 20 Jerome Street.

20 Jerome Street is listed on the City’s Heritage Register for the building’s cultural heritage value and unique decorative tiles.

In April 2018 a wind storm caused tiles to start falling off of the west elevation of the building. The subsequent partial collapse of the wall revealed serious irregularities in the building’s original construction. Following this incident, the owner provided a report from a structural engineer which detailed irreversible flaws in the existing structure.

In response, Toronto Building issued an Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building as a matter of public safety.

City staff concur with the structural engineer’s conclusion that demolition of the building is necessary to make the site safe and staff is confident that there is no reasonable alternative.

Therefore, staff have accepted the demolition of the building but have worked with the owners to ensure the house is appropriately documented and commemorated.

The owners have provided a salvage strategy for the decorative tiles, archival photographs of the building and tiles, a detailed history of the property and a comprehensive commemoration plan.

The owners have met all requirements of the Order to Remedy an Unsafe Building as well as the requirements to demolish a listed building under the Ontario Heritage Act and the Municipal Code.

The commemoration plan will celebrate the history of the property through the display of salvaged tiles on the site. A selection of tiles will be displayed on the new house in one location on the front elevation and six locations on the west side elevation. A garden wall will be erected in front of the house parallel with the street. Lastly, a Heritage Toronto plaque will be displayed on the property to communicate its unique history.

In addition to on‐site commemoration, some tiles may be displayed off‐site depending how many tiles can be salvaged and if HPS staff identify worthy opportunities. Community members and organizations are encouraged to suggest any projects that could incorporate some of the remaining tiles.

Questions or suggestions can be shared with my office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Kristen Flood, Heritage Preservation Services, kristen.flood@toronto.ca.

Sincerely,

Gord

 

 

 

 

 

Temporary Traffic and Parking Amendments during the CNE: August 17 to September 3, 2018

Posted on August 9, 2018

During the CNE, residents are advised to contact:

Toronto Police, 14 Division                         416-808-1400                    traffic enforcement

Toronto Parking Enforcement                    416-808-6600                     on-street parking enforcement 

City of Toronto                                                 311                                off-Street Parking enforcement

Dear Friend,

Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 17 to September 3, 2018. A list  of traffic and parking amendments is available on-line at https://bit.ly/2MUZml4 and https://bit.ly/2vM4vUQ .

Temporary parking on residential front yards and boulevards in South Parkdale during the CNE remains prohibited.

Permit Parking Staff will again restrict the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave and the lake for the entirety of the 2018 CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued- with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number- at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Further, the following actions will take place again this year:

  • CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex”- with information on parking lots and bike rack locations;
  • City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King intersection)  to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets;
  • City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement and City Bylaw enforcement staff will be asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;
  • Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement will be asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;
  • Toronto Police will be reminded of ongoing safety concern during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;
  • CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor lights.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have any questions or comments about this or any Ward 14 or city-related matter.

Sincerely,

Gord

 

New BikeSpace app helps cyclists report bicycle parking issues

Posted on July 31, 2018

The City of Toronto has partnered with Civic Tech Toronto and Code for Canada to develop a free, community-built web app called BikeSpace, designed to collect data from cyclists to help City staff, businesses and property managers improve bicycle parking facilities.

Using the BikeSpace app, cyclists can highlight areas where new bike parking is needed and report broken and full bike racks, as well as spots occupied by abandoned bikes. This simple web app is quick and easy to use, builds a public map of bicycle parking problems in Toronto and creates a data-driven picture to help bring about improvements. The web app is available at https://app.bikespace.ca/.

BikeSpace will not collect data on its users or create profiles of them. The app will only collect data that users provide about bike parking issues to inform those who install and improve bike parking.

For more information about the BikeSpace web app and the project team, visit http://www.bikespace.ca.

 

Wabash Community Centre Public Information Meeting Minutes

Posted on July 31, 2018

On July 10, 2018, the City held a public information meeting on the upcoming plans for the new community centre and to:

 – review the project background and potential programming;

 – review timelines;

 – review next steps

Please see below for the meeting minutes:

WABASH_ Public Information Meeting Minutes_FINAL

 

If you have any questions on this matter or any other City related matters, please contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca

 

Dundas and Roncesvalles Planning Study

Posted on July 25, 2018

Toronto City Council has approved the Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen St. West and Boustead Avenue, and Dundas St West between Boustead Avenue and Sorauren Avenue

This Staff report summarizes the study, initiated in 2015 which reviewed the built form and physical character of the area and recommends approval of Urban Design Guidelines for the Study Area.

The Guidelines seek to:

– Guide and manage moderate, incremental development;

– Respect and reinforce the existing mixed-use character of the Study Area;

– Encourage a sense of place, by promoting well-designed built form and by conserving features and cultural heritage resources that help define local character;

– Achieve appropriate transition between new development and adjacent Neighbourhoods and Parks and Open Spaces; and,

– Promote a vibrant, animated and safe public realm.

The complete report is available online at https://bit.ly/2tHej1e .

Thank you to the many community residents who took part in this Planning Study by participating in community meetings, surveys, walking tours and Planners in Public spaces events. Your commitment to the community is appreciated and helped to shape a Planning Report that celebrates our main streets.

New pedestrian railings on Parkside Drive

Posted on July 10, 2018

The City installed new pedestrian railings along Parkside Drive under The Queensway overpass. These barriers were put in to increase safety.

 

 

Temporary traffic and parking amendments during CNE

Posted on June 28, 2018

Dear Friend,

Every year, temporary traffic and parking amendments are required to improve traffic operations and pedestrian safety during the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), which takes place from August 17 to September 3, 2018. These temporary changes are introduced at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). This year, TEYCC is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th.

The changes are recommended by Transportation Staff as part of the temporary traffic and parking amendments during CNE 2018.

The complete list of yearly changes is available online at:

Non-delegated: https://bit.ly/2KlImG9

Delegated: https://bit.ly/2MUZml4

Temporary parking on residential front yards and boulevards in South Parkdale during the CNE remains prohibited.

Permit Parking Staff will again restrict the issuance of Visitor Parking Permits to the residential addresses located in the area bounded by Dufferin St, King St W, Jameson Ave and the lake for the entirety of the 2018 CNE. During this period, temporary parking permits will be issued- with proof of residency and guest’s licence plate number- at the City Hall counter, 100 Queen Street West. Online applications will not be permitted.

Further, the following actions will take place again this year:

•       CNE to communicate in the ‘CNE Guide Book’ and in media releases that “Paid Parking on residential properties in South Parkdale is no longer permitted during The Ex”- with information on parking lots and bike rack locations; 

•       City Transportation to sign the boundary of the South Parkdale area (Dufferin/King, Jameson/King intersection)  to communicate message to deter drivers from entering the area to look for paid parking on these residential streets;

•       City Transportation to post signs on Liberty at Dufferin, as well as at the entrance of Springhurst (at Dufferin) and Temple (at Dufferin) advising that only permit parking holders can park on residential streets in south Parkdale during the CNE;

•       Toronto Police, Parking Enforcement and City Bylaw enforcement staff will be asked to monitor South Parkdale for infractions during the CNE;

•       Toronto Police and Parking Enforcement will be asked to, when appropriate, use foot and bike patrols in South Parkdale during the CNE to lessen the number of vehicles in the area;

•       Toronto Police will be reminded of ongoing safety concern during the CNE when the one way at Springhurst from Dufferin to Tyndall, is not respected;

•       CNE working with Traffic Management Centre to monitor traffic and manage traffic flows and monitor lights.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time if you have any questions or comments about this or any Ward 14 or city-related matter.

Sincerely,

Gord

 

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