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CHATTER: “One-legged stool” build plan quashed on Prince Arthur (Mar. 2021)

March 26th, 2021 · Comments Off on CHATTER: “One-legged stool” build plan quashed on Prince Arthur (Mar. 2021)

After years of opposition, many Annex residents relished the defeat of a proposed development on 64 Prince Arthur Ave. The proposal was brought to the City of Toronto twice – the first time as a 29-storey condominium building with luxury rentals, the second time as a 19-storey building. In both instances, the design was one of twisting steel and glass that would have stood in stark contrast to the low-rise brick and vine neighbourhood. At the end of January, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) wholly dismissed the developers’ appeal.

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NEWS: Boutique condos planned for Davenport (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Boutique condos planned for Davenport (July 2020)

Latest submission taller than earlier versions

By Tanya Ielyseieva

BBB Architects have come back to the community with a new plan for 350 Davenport Rd., near Dupont.  Originally submitted in 2015 at 7 storeys (24.2 meters) this project has had multiple re-submissions. The most recent, made in April 2020, is for a mid-rise, mixed-use building with luxury boutique condos at 8 storeys (30 meters). 

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FOCUS: Davenport development goes to mediation (Spring 2018)

May 1st, 2018 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Davenport development goes to mediation (Spring 2018)

Councillor aiming for negotiated settlement

By Geremy Bordonaro

The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has completed its pre-hearing process for 321 Davenport Rd., where Alterra Developments has applied to build an eight-storey glass building including 16 penthouse condominiums and a two-level parking garage on the site. The development would require a by-law amendment, as the application as it stands now exceeds restrictions on height and density for the area.

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CHATTER: Advocacy group launches rail safety toolkit (March 2018)

March 22nd, 2018 · Comments Off on CHATTER: Advocacy group launches rail safety toolkit (March 2018)

Safe Rail Communities, a local advocacy group, has drafted its Rail Emergency Preparedness Toolkit as part of its Rail Safety Improvement Program. Funded by Transport Canada, the toolkit provides residents living near rail tracks with emergency contacts in case of a train derailment.

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CHATTER (JUNE 2017): The latest from the OMB

June 30th, 2017 · Comments Off on CHATTER (JUNE 2017): The latest from the OMB

A mediated settlement has been reached regarding the future of 316 Bloor St. W. Representatives from the City of Toronto, the Annex and Harbord Village residents’ associations, and State Building Group (which owns the building) met for two days to address concerns about the developer’s original proposal to raise a 42-storey building on the site.

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EDITORIAL (MAY 2017): Revoke U of T’s unchecked “licence to build”

May 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL (MAY 2017): Revoke U of T’s unchecked “licence to build”

The University of Toronto is seeking broader powers to do as it pleases with respect to developing new buildings in certain designated large swaths of its campus. In effect, it wants to be an off-leash development dog, a request that has the community wary. The City of Toronto should be too.

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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 (FEBRUARY 2017): New chapter for student residence?

March 5th, 2017 · Comments Off on NEWS (FEBRUARY 2017): New chapter for student residence?

Site recommended for heritage list—impact on development unclear

PHOTO BY GEREMY BORDONARO/GLEANER NEWS: Heritage Preservation Services has recommended that 698 Spadina Ave., home to Ten Editions Bookstore, be protected.

By Annemarie Brissenden

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FOCUS (JANUARY 2017): Local residents’ associations respond to OMB review

January 23rd, 2017 · Comments Off on FOCUS (JANUARY 2017): Local residents’ associations respond to OMB review

Recommendations for mandating community participation

PHOTO CREDIT BY BRIAN BURCHELL/GLEANER NEWS: Planned by the OMB: College Street is rife with developments denied by the city, only to have been approved on appeal by the provincial agency.

By Annemarie Brissenden

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NEWS (NOVEMBER 2016): OMB opened

November 18th, 2016 · Comments Off on NEWS (NOVEMBER 2016): OMB opened

Residents glimpse settlement offer

By Brian Burchell

In an effort to bring transparency to the Ontario Municipal Board’s (OMB) mediation process, Joe Cressy (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) took the unusual step of bringing a developer’s confidential settlement offer to the community for comment before that offer is voted on by Toronto City Council.

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