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4208, 4210 & 4214 DUNDAS ST. W. (FORMER RONA SITE)

Final approval was given to amend the Official Plan and former City of Etobicoke Zoning Code to permit a mixed-use development at 4208, 4210 and 4214 Dundas Street West. The development would include an 8-storey (35 metre) mixed-use building fronting Dundas Street West, 3-storey (13 metre) stacked townhouses and a 21-storey (72 metre) residential apartment building at the rear of the site, a public road and a public park. 399 residential units are presently being sold. Retail stores will be on the lower floors of the 8-storey building fronting Dundas Street West with 522 parking spaces. Car and truck access will come from a new public road extending northward from Dundas Street West. A private driveway will provide access and address to the rear residential buildings. A westward continuation of the public road would be provided on the south side of a new public park, to be located in the northwest portion of the site.


Since May 2017, my office, along with Build Toronto and Trinity Development Group, have held three public community meetings about Richview Square to gather neighbourhood feedback that will inform the future development application for this site. At the third pre-development application public meeting on November 1, 2017 residents reviewed and commented on proposed heights, densities, and prospective layouts for the site. As your elected representative, I will continue to listen very closely to your viewpoints and advocate for your concerns. For further information about the project please visit the link below. Although we do not have a formal development application to review, the preliminary scope of the project is, in my view, not suitable for the community owing to the excessive building heights and proposed number of units. On a site that is smaller than Humbertown, the initial plan from the developer is to have about 100 more units than was approved at Humbertown. The formal development application is expected early in the New Year and will be followed by a formal public meeting hosted by City Planning. Residents will be invited to comment and question at that time. In advance of the application I have been clear with Build Toronto that I cannot support the plan as drafted.


Lanterra purchased Plant World (4000 Eglinton Ave. W) in 2015. Their subsequent application to City Planning for development was opposed by myself, City Planning, and City Council. The original proposal called for 1,900 units in buildings with heights of 24, 33, 30, 30, and 18 storeys—135 storeys in total. The file has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). I believe that it is best to work with a developer wherever possible rather than escalate to the OMB. At the OMB it is possible to not only lose your case, but thousands of dollars in Section 37 money. To create some understanding in this process, I have initiated discussions with Lanterra about the planned height and densities. I have compared the application site size, location, and density to another approved local development at 2 Gibbs Road (Ward 5, Bloor St. and The East Mall) to provide perspective and guidance on the Plant World application. As a result of these discussions, Lanterra appears willing to reduce the building heights to 20, 20, 25 and 25-90 storeys. This is a 33% reduction from the original proposal. Lanterra’s proposal is going back to City Planning for a review.


Staff Report


This application has been appealed to the OMB. Discussions are ongoing and some proposed changes were suggested based on community input. Additional details are forthcoming and a community update will be made once changes and next steps are formalized.


If you live near the Richview Plaza or have driven along Eglinton you have seen that work has begun for a nine storey, 270 unit seniors’ home with a day care unit provided on the main floor of the development. The developer will pay the City $450,000 in Section 37 money as part of the development agreement. This money is to go toward local community benefits. As it’s the Councillor’s job to figure out how this money will be spent, I’ll be seeking community input of how best to use this money. If you have any suggestions, please send me an email and I will turn your suggestions into a poll in early 2018.


This group of buildings has 156 rental units in five 31/2 storey buildings. The buildings have become so run down that only about one-half are occupied and are in a general state of disrepair. At our February Council meeting by a vote of 28-0, approval was given to the refusal report on 289, 291 The Kingsway and 1,3,5,7 St. Steven Court. In March, I put forward a motion, which was passed unanimously to have the City Solicitor attend the Ontario Municipal Board hearings on this proposal. The OMB hearing was held from January 9 - 18 and the Chair agreed with the majority of the witness statements from the Residents' Association. The Chair agreed that the two taller buildings be capped at 9 storeys each with step-backs. Despite not receiving any Section 37 funding from this development, lowering the height is a win for the community.


OMB Report


There is no change to the timelines for this development. However, the site owner, First Capital, recently came to me and the Humber Valley Residents and Ratepayers Association (HVRRA) to propose alterations to the initial phase of the plan. The developer wanted to make a few design changes and shift some retail off Royal York. Developers are working with City Planning to understand how these changes satisfy the OMB decision. My office is working with staff and HVRRA executive to clarify these proposed changes. We will pass along any newsworthy information in our 2018 electronic newsletter.

Community Initiatives


On September 28 I met with residents around Rosethorn Junior School to discuss their vision for the new playground. We had approximately 30 residents in attendance, including children who use the playground, at the public consultation. We looked at designs, provided feedback, and discussed various park options with staff. Parks staff found a clear preference in the presented playscapes (picture of selected option below). Certain aspects of the presented playscape may change as we move through this process and continue to refine the design based off of community feedback. Residents expressed a desire to keep junior and senior play structures separated; replacing the wavy slide in the preferred design with a different slide option; and the inclusion of some form of shading in the playground area. Staff are currently working to incorporate this valuable feedback as best possible into the final design. Our goal is to have the new and improved playground ready for use in July 2018.


Members of our community have expressed safety concerns to our office over the undesirable activities such as loitering in Donnybrook Park during late evening or early morning hours. To provide better visibility along the pathway and hopefully increase safety in the park, additional lighting has been installed. Section 37 funds from the Dundas Street West developments will be utilized to add metered hydro service and three LED fixtures on concrete poles along the Donnybrook Park pathway.


Speed tracking signs have been proven effective in making drivers aware of their car’s speed and changing behaviour, getting cars to slow down. Fast driving cars is one of the top concerns of homeowners everywhere in Toronto. I heard this in the 2010 election and again in the 2014 campaign, and in each month since being in office. At one point, I considered using my office budget to have speed tracking installations placed on certain roads. Fortunately the City came up with a program in the transportation budget. The Watch Your Speed Program is part of a City-wide program aimed at improving the safety of children travelling to and from school. The speed program falls under new School Safety Zones where safety mechanisms like flashing beacons, school zone pavement stencils, Watch Your Speed driver feedback signs, and zebra markings at crosswalks are installed to make travel safely for school age children. Following our request, Ward 4 was among the first wards to have the signs placed. A total of three Ward 4 schools have the Watch Your Speed Program operating in their school area—Rosethorn Junior School on Rathburn Road, Father Serra on Sun Row and Dixon Grove Junior School on The Westway.


Central Etobicoke Neighbourhood Watch is a cooperative network of local Neighbourhood Watch groups in Central Etobicoke including communities such as Islington Village, Thorncrest Village, Princess Gardens, West Deane Park, Eatonville, Humber Valley Village and The Kingsway. For more information you can email them at CentralEtobicokeWatch@gmail.com or click below for more information.


A stop sign evaluation has been completed by staff in the Richmond Gardens area at five different intersections. None of these locations met the warrants (criteria) to have a stop sign installed. However, in November we received a well- supported petition from residents on Wincott for stop signs to be installed. Given this feedback, I will be asking Community Council and Transportation Services for new stop placements in the area—likely at the intersections of Wincott Drive and Strathdee Drive and another at Hartsdale and Holgate. We will continue to update you as the process unfolds.

Rate Payers Groups


The Richmond Gardens Ratepayers and Residents Association serves the residents of Richmond Gardens, Etobicoke, in the area bounded by The Westway, Islington Ave., Eglinton Ave. West and Kipling Ave. This group can be reached at director@richmondgardensrra.ca. For more information please visit the link below.


Islington Ratepayers & Residents Association represents the area bound on the south by Bloor St., on the east by Islington Ave., on the north by Rathburn Rd., and on the west by the Hydro line west of Kipling Ave. For more information, please READ MORE on their website.


Buttonwood Hill Residents Association welcomes all neighbours living in the area of Edenbridge north to Eglinton and from Royal York east to Scarlett Road to join them in looking out for our Community. You can receive more information for this group by emailing buttonwoodhillresidents@gmail.com.


The Executive of the Humber Valley Village Residents’ Association is a group of volunteers who are committed to keeping our neighbourhood a vibrant, safe and well maintained community. Please visit the link below for more information.


Friends of Silver Creek School is a working group comprised of Richmond Gardens’ residents advocating on behalf of a vulnerable group (students of Silver Creek Pre-School (SCPS) and The Etobicoke Children’s Centre (The ECC).


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