THE KINGSVIEW VILLAGE-THE WESTWAY YOUTH COUNCIL
The next Youth Council Meeting will be on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Richview Library (1806 Islington Ave; Upper Level) from 4 to 6 pm. If you are between the ages of 13-24, want to contribute to the community, and need community service hours, please come out and join us. We want to hear your ideas and suggestions regarding a community centre or hub for the neighbourhood and for youth programming. To participate, the consent form (which can be found below) must be submitted. There will be free food and refreshments and TTC tokens will be provided.
LET'S GET TOGETHER TORONTO PARENT EXPO
The Let's Get Together Toronto Parent Expo will be held on May 6, 2017 at the Etobicoke Olympium (590 Rathburn Rd) from 9:30 am - 5 pm. Let's Get Together Toronto is an organization that connects resources to parents, parent councils, community organizations and schools on behalf of students; the goal is to increase parental participation in matters related to their children's' academic success.
KINGSWAY COLLEGE SCHOOL PLAY FOR THE PARK GALA
Kingsway College School will be hosting a Play for the Park Gala on May 27, 2017 to raise money for major redevelopment of the playground, field irrigation and much more at Humbertown Park. The event will take place at the Royal Ontario Museum. Please find attached the Save the Date for this event.
COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT DAY
Our office will be hosting our Community Environment Day on Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at Richview Collegiate Institute (1738 Islington Ave). Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose. Do your part in creating a cleaner, greener and more liveable Toronto. Bring us your unused and unwanted household items, including electronic waste and recyclables. Free compost available.
4000 EGLINTON AVE W - PLANT WORLD
Lanterra, the developer of 4000 Eglinton Ave. W., has put forward revised plans for the site. Not much has changed, except for the elimination of one shadow-casting building. They have appealed the Zoning By-law Amendment application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). City Planning staff agree with me that the development at this scale and intensity threatens the existing character of the neighbourhood and would set a negative precedent. The OMB pre-hearing is on May 3. The revised plans for this development have been made available and can be viewed through the link below. (Or, we can e mail them to you.) I moved a motion to direct City Legal and Planning staff to attend the hearing in opposition. I am very much opposed to the plan, which now includes two buildings of 30 storeys. I have told the owners to bring down the heights.
Staff Report - 4000 Eglinton Ave. West
RICHVIEW PLAZA & BUILD LAND - TRINITY DEVELOPMENTS
A well respected facilitating company has been hired for a pre-application public meeting for residents interested in the future of the Richview Plaza and the adjoining site. The meeting will most likely occur Saturday, May 27 in the morning. Discussions between Build Toronto and Trinity are on-going as they attempt to come to an understanding as to how a one-development solution can come together for the two sites (Trinity owns is 5.5 acres, and Build Toronto owns 2.2 acres). To win neighbourhood acceptance, I stressed how architectural design would be critical as well as the inclusion of some form of social gathering space, a grocery store and limited density. Also, I have asked that Build Toronto be prepared to show the community examples of their work in other parts of Toronto. In regard to redevelopment, it is a fluid situation and they are not near to submitting a proposal to City Planning. They had an open dialogue with Build Toronto, but had nothing substantive to report. The company is open to listening to the community input and will be receptive to suggestions.
45 LA ROSE AVENUE
On Thursday, March 23, City Planning hosted a meeting to discuss the proposed 7-storey development at 45 La Rose Avenue. As there is an existing 16 storey building on the property, many of the attendees were current tenants. The meeting was very well attended, principally by residents of 45 La Rose and 40 Richview Road. Those living at 45 La Rose said, 'fix up our building before you build a new one!' Many expressed strong views in opposition to the proposed application citing many reasons, most commonly the increased density, proximity to neighbouring buildings, parking location of the parking garage entrance, and emission concerns. This was the first step in a lengthy process. The next step is for Planning staff to advise them of required changes. Feedback from attendees at the meeting will be captured in the planning report and residents will have future opportunities to weigh in. The property owner and applicant is planning a follow-up meeting with existing tenants to further discuss the plan, resident concerns and how they will be addressed. I or a representative from my office will be in attendance at his meeting. The date is pending.
4208, 4210 and 4218 DUNDAS STREET - 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.
4650 EGLINTON AVE W - SHANNEX SENIORS RESIDENCE
Approval was given to the Shannex seniors’ residential development containing 272 rental units at 4650 Eglinton Avenue West. The development stems from the 2012 City Council decision in the Ford administration (supported by the former councillor) to transfer lands along the north side of Eglinton to be sold by the City’s agency, Build Toronto. It was Build that decided that a seniors’ residence was the most appropriate development for the area. This facility will offer a continuum of care and includes a floor for people with memory impairment. The development would consist of two 9-storey buildings, linked by a central 5 storey building. A total of 204 parking spaces would be provided within an underground parking garage. We had extensive consultation on this development leading to the developers decreasing the height and density and moving the building back from Eglinton to permit more green space. This development will also bring a much needed 35-40 space daycare facility to our neighbourhood. This was a part of the project that I particularly pushed for as a part of the plan. As anyone knows (or can remember!) one of the most stressful times in life comes when trying to return to work after having a baby and looking for safe, secure daycare. These spaces will support many young families.
ST. STEVEN'S COURT
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. We are waiting for the decision from the Chair.
Entera, the utility contractor for the Humbertown development, still has two more Bell chambers to install which should take them to the month of May. Once complete, the cabling phase of the project will commence. This next phase should not be as physically disturbing to the site as the work done up to this point. Clean up and restoration will begin as soon as weather permits and will conclude all of the utility work. The next major construction for the development will be servicing work (water main, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer). While the start date for this work has not been finalized, it will take approximately eight months in its entirety. Our office will be sure to provide you with more information when it becomes available.
ELECTRONIC SPEED MONITORING - RATHBURN ROAD
When City Council approved the Road Safety Plan in July, it approved the installation of 10 electronic monitoring signs for the whole city. At my August 25th meeting with Transportation Services, I requested that one of the first signs be placed on the heavily-travelled Rathburn Road, in the school zone for Rosethorn Junior School. We have heard a lot of positive responses about this sign.
SILVER CREEK PARK
In August we celebrated the new playground at Silver Creek Park. New features include both a junior and senior playground structure, rope and climbing structure, swings for both toddlers and school-aged children and a large community children’s sandbox. The enhancements to the park, in the Islington and Eglinton avenues area, are a reflection of a public consultation process facilitated by the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division. Special thanks to the Friends of Silver Creek Park for raising over $24,000 to assist with rebuilding the playground.
The vibrant Rosethorn Neighbourhood is undergoing a demographic transformation and it is seeing an influx of young families. Our Rosethorn Park is a community centrepiece and deserves some much-needed repairs and upgrades. A group of area residents have begun the process of teaming up with Councillor John Campbell and the city to start this rejuvenation project. Please join us and help us make the dream of a new Rosethorn Park and Green Space a reality! Community Consultation on the design of the new playground will take place in summer 2017. The Councillor will be sending out notice once the date is set to ensure that the entire community has their say in what the park will look like. Our goal is to have a new playground for summer 2018! To get involved you can visit Friends of Rosethorn Park on facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate please visit the link below.
Rate Payers Groups
RICHMOND GARDENS RATEPAYERS & RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION
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 email@example.com. For more information please visit the link below.
ISLINGTON RATEPAYERS & RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HUMBER VALLEY RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION
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
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).