Permanent supportive housing proposed for 150 Dunn Ave.

Posted on June 4, 2021

I am so pleased to announce that the City of Toronto will be building supportive housing at 150 Dunn Avenue, on the University Health Network (UHN) site. The new building will provide warm, safe homes with supports for approximately 51 people, including women, Indigenous residents, racialized people, people with disabilities and other people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

This project is delivered in partnership with all levels of government, the University Health Network (UHN) Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine and the United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT). The support services model for this site will be developed by UHN’s Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine, the City of Toronto and community partners. It will incorporate a range of health and social services to be delivered onsite.

The new homes will be studio apartments each with a kitchen and a bathroom, using modular building construction

Providing residents with good quality, affordable housing is the cornerstone of vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods. Bringing people inside means there are fewer people outside struggling to survive. When a person chooses to live in homes with supports, they:

  •      have a warm, safe place to permanently call home.
  •      can access the necessities of life such as food, washrooms and laundry.
  •      can begin to heal from the damage caused by living outside.
  •      strengthen community connections.

Neighbours are invited to join us for a virtual Community Meeting on June 16, 2021 at 7 pm to learn more about these new homes with supports. The link for this session is: www.toronto.ca/150Dunn

A postcard and fact sheet with more information on this proposal were delivered to neighbours near 150 Dunn Avenue. Both are also available below for your reference. All of this information is also available at www.toronto.ca/150Dunn

I am happy to continue to share updates on this this exciting build as it moves forward.

Sincerely,

Gord

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150 Dunn Ave- Fact Sheet

ActiveTO routes announced for May long weekend in Toronto

Posted on May 20, 2021

This weekend’s ActiveTO major weekend road closures includes parts of Lake Shore Boulevard East, Lake Shore Boulevard West and roads within High Park. All will be closed to vehicular traffic to give residents more space for exercise and provide safe access to pedestrians and cyclists. The new ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail is now open for use until April 2022.

Toronto’s more than 1,500 parks and 11,000 hectares of ravine spaces are also open for fresh air and exercise everyday, including weekends.

The following ActiveTO locations will be available from Saturday, May 22 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 23 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road.

As part of ActiveTO, roads in High Park will be closed to vehicles for all three days of the long weekend. Vehicle access will be restricted starting Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m.

The planned temporary ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail along Bayview Avenue, between Mill Street and Rosedale Valley Road is now available to people walking and riding their bikes and will stay in place every day until April 2022, including weekends. The Bayview Avenue multi-use trail provides an important full-time temporary protected space for residents to get exercise, further connects and expands Toronto’s cycling network, and provides a detour for the planned Lower Don Trail construction closure this summer. The corridor will also safely accommodate vehicles. For the duration of the project, Bayview Avenue, between River Street and Lawren Harris Square, and between Front Street East and Mill Street, has been converted to one-way southbound only for vehicles.

City staff will continue to actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes throughout the weekend and adjust signal timing where required. To help manage traffic congestion around the Lake Shore Boulevard West route, the City will:

  • actively adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West throughout the weekend
  • place additional paid duty officers at key intersections and access points along Lake Shore Boulevard West and the Brookers Lane off-ramp to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway
  • place additional Traffic Agents at key intersections where pedestrians and people on bikes access the closure
  • introduce more signage, well in advance of the closure, to advise motorists on the Gardiner Expressway sooner so that they avoid the area and choose a different route
  • improve traffic management plans at the Gardiner/Lake Shore Boulevard split and at the Windermere and Lake Shore Boulevard West intersection to allow for better traffic flow.

Motorists are reminded to plan their trips in advance to avoid the closures if possible and should consider using a wayfinding app to understand detours and travel times.

ActiveTO routes are open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or as a pedestrian due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.

Parking lots along Lake Shore Boulevard West, at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.

City staff will close lanes on Allen Road on June 5 and are planning to expand ActiveTO weekend closures to vehicles along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place grounds later this summer.

Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Download the PBSC app to get started at https://bikesharetoronto.com/app/.

ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.

Learn more about ActiveTO, including information about the new ActiveTO Bayview Cycling Corridor, at www.toronto.ca/ActiveTO.

Maps and details for available paths and trails are available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation/walking-hiking/.

Details about access to High Park are available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/high-park/high-park-vehicle-free-weekends/.

 

1978-2002 Lake Shore Community Meeting

Posted on May 20, 2021

Marlin Springs, the owners of the property at 1978-2002 Lake Shore Blvd, will be hosting a community meeting to discussed an updated proposal for their site on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:30 pm.  To register, please visit bit.ly/2002lakeshore

As you may be aware, in September 2017 Marlin Springs first approached the community about a potential development on the site.  They submitted an application in December 2017 to the City’s Planning Department. While the file went quiet for many years, in March 2020, just prior to the lockdown, Marlin Springs updated their proposal to bringing the submission inside the existing strata on the site. To view their previous submissions, please visit the City’s Development Application Centre at http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do (search: 1978-2002 Lake Shore). On June 2, Marlin Springs will be bringing their latest idea to the community for comment.

While this meeting is hosted by the property owners, City Planning Staff and I will be attending and look forward to hearing your feedback at the meeting, and in the weeks that follow.  My team and I will keep you updated on any new information as we move forward.

1978-2002 Lakeshore Blvd. West- Public Meeting Notice

406-410 Keele Street Public Consultation: May 26

Posted on May 20, 2021

The public consultation for the proposed development at 406-410 Keele Street will be taking place on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 pm.  To register please visit this link.

The site previously was approved for a 5 storey, 30 unit apartment building. While the property owners are now applying for a building with the same height and massing as before, the following changes are being proposed:

– The number of dwelling units have increased from 30 to 64

– The overall residential gross floor area has increased from 4,222 square metres to 4,471 square metres

– Common indoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a room on the first floor with kitchen and washroom

– Common outdoor amenity space is now proposed in the form of a dog relief area, a roof top terrace with storage room, and a terrace off the indoor amenity space

– The floor area above the 5th floor has increased

– The number of parking spaces has increased from 31 to 32

– A type ‘C’ loading space is now proposed

– curb-side garbage pick-up is no longer being proposed

If you cannot attend the meeting, and wish to submit your comments, please contact City Planner Catherine Jung (Catherine.Jung@toronto.ca) and my office.

Parkdale Community Hub – Virtual Community Meeting

Posted on May 19, 2021

The Parkdale Hub project, located at the intersection of Queen Street West and Cowan Avenue, is a transformational city-building initiative that will deliver wide-ranging social, cultural and economic benefits to the Parkdale community.

The intersection is currently home to an important cluster of City-owned facilities and community services, all of which are in need of significant capital investment over the next 10 years in order to maintain current service delivery levels. This project provides a unique opportunity to plan and build the City’s assets in a coordinated manner, taking advantage of existing adjacencies to create spaces that more efficiently and effectively serve the Parkdale community.

During Phase 1 of the project in 2018 and 2019, the City of Toronto and CreateTO engaged the local community to develop a preferred massing concept for the site. Now, as part of Phase 2 of the project, the team will share and seek feedback on a preliminary design concept for the Parkdale Hub, answer questions and provide more information on the next steps in the process.

Join us on Thursday May 27th at 6:30pm for the virtual community meeting.

Meeting Details:

When: Thursday, May 27th 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Online and by phone

Meeting Registration: https://swerhuninc.webex.com/swerhuninc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e32d4457fd01dfa24952a918546f9fe98

More information about the project, and details about how to join and participate in the public meeting, can be found on the project website (www.parkdalehub.ca).

ActiveTO will include Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend

Posted on May 13, 2021

Yesterday, the City of Toronto announced that the ActiveTO major weekend road closure along Lake Shore Boulevard West will be in place for the first time in 2021 this weekend.

Weekend road closures to vehicles will also be in place along Lake Shore Boulevard East, Bayview Avenue, and in High Park to make more space for people.

By opening Lake Shore Boulevard West this weekend for people to be active, the City is taking advantage of lower than usual traffic volumes while the provincial Stay-at-Home order is in effect.

City staff will actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes this weekend. Work is already underway to plan and adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West, as well as at the intersection of Leslie Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East. Paid duty officers will be positioned at key intersections along Lake Shore Boulevard West to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway.

The following closures will be in place beginning Saturday, May 15 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • Roads through High Park remain closed to vehicle traffic each weekend to allow people to explore the park while practising physical distancing. (Please note this takes place from Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.)

ActiveTO routes are closed to vehicles, but open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or on foot because due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.

City staff are planning a closure of Allen Road on June 5 as well as reviewing the potential for other weekend closures along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place.

Residents continue to be encouraged to stay close to home and explore the many paths, ravines, and hydro corridors with trails throughout Toronto that are open and available every day for fresh air and exercise.

Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Enjoy unlimited 30-minute station-to-station trips, while your pass is active. Download the PBSC app for a contactless way to get started.

ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.

Learn more about ActiveTO at www.toronto.ca/ActiveTO.

The West Toronto Junction Historical Society are looking for members for their Executive team

Posted on May 13, 2021

WTJHS is a volunteer organization of local history enthusiasts. This year the WTJHS is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Society’s incorporation as a non-profit charitable organization.  It is led by the Executive which includes all standing committee chairs and six elected executive officers: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, Recording Secretary and Correspondent Secretary.  At this time they have 3 vacancies on the executive – President, Treasurer and Membership Secretary

For additional questions about any of these roles, please reach out to the Nominating Committee at junctionhistorical@gmail.com.

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*REMINDER* Share your feedback on Garden Suites

Posted on May 5, 2021

The City of Toronto is developing regulations to allow residents to build garden suites on residential properties in the city.

A garden suite is a housing unit, usually located in the backyard of an existing house, but separate and detached from the main house. Garden suites, like laneway suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit.

The City is gathering input from the public and industry stakeholders about how to best allow the construction of garden suites in Toronto. As part of the City’s work developing appropriate regulations for garden suites, matters related to privacy, shadowing, parking requirements, and protecting trees and green spaces are among those being considered.

Public input from current and potential future residents of low-rise neighborhoods, as well as from other stakeholders, is important to better understand these and other matters.

The public can learn more, ask questions, and provide their input on garden suites by attending a virtual meeting or taking an online survey. The following three identical virtual meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 839 0853
  • Wednesday, May 12, 1 to 3 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 604 7460
  • Thursday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Call-in access code: 133 919 6218

Participants must register in advance to attend one of the virtual meetings. To register, visit the “Meetings & Events” section at www.toronto.ca/gardensuites. The public can also attend these meetings by phone by calling 416-915-6530 and using the call-in access code for one of the meetings.

The results of this study and public input will inform regulations and recommendations to City Council to permit garden suites across the city.

The Garden Suites study is one of several studies that the City is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative.

The initiative is to facilitate more low-rise housing in residential neighbourhoods to meet the needs of our growing city.

The City is working to expand housing forms in Toronto, ranging from duplexes to low-rise walk-up apartments. All these housing types can be found in many parts of Toronto today; however, there are currently limitations on where they can be newly built. The initiative is one solution among a range of City initiatives to increase housing choice and access and create a more equitable, sustainable city.

Junction & Runnymede North Town Hall

Posted on May 5, 2021


Join me on Monday, May 17 at 6:00pm as we discuss what is happening in the Junction and Runnymede North community

To attend please register at: bit.ly/2QIMKUl


Dear friends and neighbours,

Despite the hardships our city, world, and community currently face, the Junction community is continuing to grow.  New developments have been proposed, transportation changes are coming into effect, and our parks and gathering spaces are playing new roles as we look towards our post-COVID future.

Throughout the City, communities are working together to bring new ideas to the table. Our own Junction Residents Association has reformed and expanded, and are looking to play a leading role in the future of our community.

I invite you to join me, and our friends at the JRA on May 17 for my next Virtual Town Hall. These rotating Town Halls are your chance to address what is happening in the community, and what changes you would like to see as we move forward.

Best regards,

Gord

Ditching single use plastics townhall video recording is now available

Posted on April 29, 2021

We all have a responsibility to help reduce the single-use plastics that are damaging our world. Join us for a conversation about what our local governments, businesses and even individuals can do to play their part.

On April 20, Councillor Gord Perks and Parkdale High-Park 4 Climate Action presented a Ward 4 virtual
town hall and discussion.

Panelists for the event included

  • Councillor Gord Perks
  • Emily Alfred, Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Tina Soldovieri, Roncy Reduces
  • Dipesh Shah, Canary and Fox
  • and Adrianna Couto, Inwit

Here is the recording of the town hall –

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