Since the beginning of my term, I have been working diligently with Municipal Licensing and Standards, with the Buildings Department, with the Affordable Housing Office and with the owner of 1510 King Street West to revitalize this vacant property. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has committed funding under the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program toward this project, and I firmly believe that this is a priority matter that needs prompt attention.
As some of you may be aware, the Parkdale Housing Committee looked at this file in October of 2006, and endorsed a 20 unit building. Since that time, city staff and my office have met with the owner on several occasions to provide clarification on some of the outstanding issues. I also met with the chair of the Parkdale Housing Committee and Municipal Licensing and Standards last week to go over the submitted plans, and to confirm that they show a one bedroom unit per floor, as agreed to by the Committee.
At this point we are continuing to meet with the owner to finalize design considerations relating to landscaping, waste management and parking. Once these plans are finalized appropriately, the proposal will be presented to the community. I will keep you posted on any new developments.
Yesterday, visitors to High Park were confronted with an unfamiliar sight: advertising in parks. Audi, a European car manufacturer, arranged with Toronto Film & Television Office to launch an advertising campaign at various locations across the City. I soon become aware of the two “T” like structures, on top of wooden blocks that were placed in High Park, on the north side of Lakeshore Blvd.in Ward 13 (Parkside Drive near Garden Avenue).
While I was aware that this park is not in my Ward, I immediately wrote to the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to stress my disapproval of any type of advertising in the City’s green spaces. I asked that these structures be removed as soon as possible. Last night Parks staff removed the two Audi structures and advised that Parks, Forestry and Recreation did not issue a permit for the promotion campaign and was not contacted by the Toronto Film & Television Office prior to installation.
A big thank you to residents in the area and Spacing for their vigilance!