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NEWS (JUNE 2017): Affordable housing on the agenda

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (JUNE 2017): Affordable housing on the agenda

PARA AGM focused on Mirvish Village development

By Geremy Bordonaro

Westbank Projects Corp.’s Mirvish Village development was the focus of the Palmerston Area Residents’ Association (PARA) annual general meeting last month.

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NEWS (MAY 2017): Development dominates discussion

May 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (MAY 2017): Development dominates discussion

ARA holds annual general meeting

By Geremy Bordonaro

Development dominated the Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) annual general meeting on April 27.

The area has seen an increase in developments over the last few years, most notably the Westbank Projects Corp.’s Mirvish Village development, and that coloured every topic of discussion, from bike lanes to community housing.

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EDITORIAL (APRIL 2017): Westbank’s positive precedent

April 10th, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Toronto and East York Community Council unanimously endorsed a planning staff recommendation to approve Westbank Projects Corp.’s application to redevelop the southwest corner of Bloor and Bathurst streets on April 4. It’s a significant milestone that comes after three years of community consultations and collaborative work between the Vancouver-based developer, planning staff, and community representatives.

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NEWS (MARCH 2017): Westbank presents latest proposal

March 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (MARCH 2017): Westbank presents latest proposal

Community, city closer to approving Mirvish Village development

PHOTO COURTESY WESTBANK PROJECTS CORP.

By Geremy Bordonaro

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FORUM (MARCH 2017): Build a neighbourhood

March 22nd, 2017 · Comments Off on FORUM (MARCH 2017): Build a neighbourhood

Not just buildings

By Joe Cressy

If you’ve ever made your way to a development meeting in Ward 20, you’ve heard me talk about the need to build community as we grow and change. With almost one quarter of all proposed development in the entire city occurring in our ward, we’d be leading ourselves astray without this focus. This has been my primary focus in the review of the Mirvish Village redevelopment proposal, which continues to evolve after three iterations.

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NEWS (FEBRUARY 2017): One last hurrah

March 5th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (FEBRUARY 2017): One last hurrah

Toronto for Everyone celebrates Honest Ed’s

By Geremy Bordonaro

For 68 years, Honest Ed’s welcomed all those who came to its doors. While the store made its last sale on the final day of 2016, it will play host to a grand wake before it closes its doors one last time. And organizers hope the celebration will be a tribute to the spirit of inclusivity that they say was a hallmark of the discount emporium.

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NEW IN BUSINESS (JANUARY 2017): Strictly local

January 23rd, 2017 · Comments Off on NEW IN BUSINESS (JANUARY 2017): Strictly local

Craft beer pint of choice

PHOTO BY GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS: Fans of the Victory Café, which will soon close to make way for the Mirvish Village development, need not despair. Owner Nick Ndreka has opened the Crafty Coyote on Bloor Street West. The bar boasts the same selection of craft beer and rustic atmosphere, and emphasizes its location with a sign emblazoned with the words The Annex.

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CHATTER (DECEMBER 2016): Bloor Annex BIA showcases street greening plans

December 20th, 2016 · Comments Off on CHATTER (DECEMBER 2016): Bloor Annex BIA showcases street greening plans

On Nov. 25 the Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area (whose chair also publishes this newspaper) showcased its street revitalization plans at Markham House in Mirvish Village. The plans — expected to be implemented in 2018 — include converting public rights-of-way along Bloor Street into parkettes and a renewed tree inventory on the north side of the street.

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CHATTER (DECEMBER 2016): Beguiling to enchant Kensington Market

December 20th, 2016 · Comments Off on CHATTER (DECEMBER 2016): Beguiling to enchant Kensington Market

Mirvish Village’s internationally-known comics and graphic novel retailer The Beguiling has already begun moving to its new location at 319 College St. Its sister store, Little Island Comics on Bathurst Street, will be closed. The store’s Peter Birkemoe says he expects to open the new location just before Christmas, and be fully operational by January.

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NEWS (JUNE 2016): Westbank submits revised application

June 14th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS (JUNE 2016): Westbank submits revised application

Community meeting scheduled for June 13

PHOTO COURTESY?WESTBANK?PROJECTS CORP./Henriquez Partners Architects: A new on-site park is part of Westbank’s revised rezoning application. Still at the conceptual stage, it will include a dog run, water feature, and urban agriculture.

PHOTO COURTESY WESTBANK PROJECTS CORP./Henriquez Partners Architects: A new on-site park is part of Westbank’s revised rezoning application. Still at the conceptual stage, it will include a dog run, water feature, and urban agriculture.

By Annemarie Brissenden

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