A pre-application meeting was held on Monday July 15th at PARC by BSAR Group to show the community their initial idea of developing at 1521 Queen St W. The community saw a proposal for an 8-storey rental building (26m high + an additional 5m mechanical penthouse) with commercial retail on the ground level and with 2 levels of underground parking. The developer estimated that the building would contain 70-75 units of varying sizes.
The community voiced concerns about the height of the building, its effect on traffic and parking in the neighbourhood, and whether any of the units would be considered affordable housing. Some members of the community advocated for a Community Benefits Agreement to be made between the developer and community group representatives. Questions were also raised by the community about the previous actions of the developer in 2015, when 27 people were unlawfully evicted from this building.
The developer has provided the email address email@example.com to answer questions about the proposal. As always, feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns, or wish to be added to the mailing list for this development.
A copy of the presentation can be found here.
A settlement has been reached between the City of Toronto and Propeller Developments Inc., the owner of 421 Roncesvalles Avenue on the Rezoning Application for the site.
A Confidential Staff Report to City Council outlining the settlement agreement was approved at City Council last week.
The settlement permits a five storey office building with retail uses at grade. Given the tall floor to ceiling heights of the existing heritage building on the site and the taller requirements for office uses, the five storey building results in a height of 21.55 to 22 metres, with a mechanical penthouse above. The west, north, and south walls, all of which are identified as heritage attributes, will be retained and a one metre portion of the rear east wall, while not an identified heritage attribute, will also be revealed. Along Roncesvalles Ave, the new portion of the development (floors three to five) will step back at least 3.5 metres from the heritage building below, and along Howard Park Ave, will step back one metre from the heritage building below to reveal the original flat roof, which is also an identified heritage attribute.
The Staff Report and information is available online at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2019.CC9.13.
Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or to provide comment.
Councillor Gord Perks
Parkdale Community Legal Services (PCLS) and Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre (PARC) are hosting the “Parkdale Tenants: Small Buildings Organize” event at Bonar-Parkdale Church (250 Dunn Avenue). The event is happening on July 22, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm.
Join us on Saturday July 27th at Sorauren Avenue Park Community Environment Day at Sourauren Park (289 Sorauren Ave)
Do your part to create a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Drop off reusable and recyclable items such as clothing, small appliances, non-perishable food items and electronics. You can also drop off household hazardous waste for safe disposal and pick up free compost for your garden.
For more information on the event, please see the attached poster or visit toronto.ca/environment_days
If you have any questions, you can contact my office at 416-392-7919 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgCED19_Flyer_colour_Perks_event2
The City of Toronto is reviewing by-laws related to temporary signs, payday loan establishments, property standards and building maintenance, and wants your feedback!
1. Temporary Signs By-law Review
July 22, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, Second Floor, Committee Room #3The review aims to modernize the by-law and make it easier for the public to understand the rules governing temporary signs, such as A-frame signs, garage sale signs, mobile signs, new development signs, open house signs and real estate signs. In addition, the review is considering regulations to permit temporary signs that display messages of public interest and construction-related signs on private property. More information: toronto.ca/signsreview
2. Property Standards and Building Maintenance
July 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Metro Hall, Room 308/309
This will include a review of the Property Standards By-law, and issues related to apartment building standards, indoor temperatures, rat mitigation, and odour. More information: toronto.ca/propertystandardsreview
3. Payday Loan Establishments
July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at North York Civic Centre, Members Lounge
Payday loans are short-term, unsecured, small-dollar loans, but they are an expensive way to borrow money. The City of Toronto is reviewing the licensing and cap of payday loan establishments in the city of Toronto, and wants to hear from you. More information: toronto.ca/paydayloanreview
There are a number of ways you can be involved and help shape policy. Visit the consultation websites for more details on how you can:
Attend public consultations
Submit written feedback
Subscribe to email updates
Feedback from these consultations will be used to inform reviews of these by-laws. Reports on these reviews are expected to go to City Council at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020.
The TTC is initiating a Five-Year Service Plan and 10-Year Outlook to build on our Corporate Plan (2018-2022) and strengthen Toronto’s mobility network. The Plan and Outlook will set a vision and identify strategies and actions to improve mobility so that residents from Toronto and outlying areas can access the many employment, educational and cultural opportunities our great city has to offer.
In order to achieve this, TTC is asking Torontonians for their feedback through a short five minute on-line survey available at the following link: TTC5YearServicePlan.metroquest.ca.
The survey will close on July 26, 2019 and results will help the TTC develop a blueprint to improve surface transit service.
Let’s recognize our green-thumbed residents and business owners for helping to beautify our city.
Nominate your garden, a neighbour’s garden or any garden within Toronto. Nominations close on July 16, 2019.
More information available at https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/garden-contest/GardenContestFlyer2019
Mobility Hub Guidelines provide a framework for the planning and development of mobility hubs, which are places of connectivity where different modes of transportation – from walking to biking to riding transit – come together. These Mobility Hub Guidelines are due for an update and Metrolinx has launched digital engagement for this first phase of the project. Participant are required to answer a few short questions regarding the use of transit stations and what improvements they’d like to see.
Metrolinx is also recruiting new members for the Metrolinx Accessibility Advisory Committee (AAC). The AAC includes customers with a wide range of disabilities, seniors, and staff from agencies that support persons with disabilities. The main purpose of the AAC is to provide input on policy, planning and procedures wherever Accessibility / Universal Design issues may occur with GO Transit, PRESTO, UP Express and our future Rapid Transit services, stations or projects. For those interested in providing input on policy, planning and procedures for GO, PRESTO, UP and future Rapid Transit services, please email email@example.com. Applications are open until July 19.
Please join Deputy Chief of Police, Peter Yuen and 14 Division Neighbourhood officers for a community meeting on the enhancements to the Neighbourhood Community Officers Program.
This meeting is happening on Monday July 22nd, 6:30-8:30pm, Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.
For more information, contact S/Sgt Tam Bui at 416-808-1415 .neighbourhood officers program poster july 22 2019 B
PQWCHC is recruiting 2 Board Members. The Board of Directors is a volunteer community board that works from a hybrid policy-‐governance model. If you are interested in contributing to PQWCHC, and are interested in governance, this could be an opportunity for you!
Find more details on the position as well as the application form here: https://pqwchc.org/wp-content/uploads/PQWCHC-Board-of-Directors-Recruitment-Notice-2019-final.pdf