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Public Consultation 6 Noble St. – May 4

City Planning is holding a Public Consultation to review the 6 Noble Street Development Application.

This application proposes a 14-storey mixed-use building comprised of commercial space located on portions of the first and second floors, 174 residential units, and two levels of underground parking.

The Preliminary Report will be available April 25th on-line through the 2017 Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) Meeting agenda at http://bit.ly/2oDilH4 or here. The Report will also be available at the meeting.

You will have an opportunity to learn more about this application, ask questions, and share your comments.

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

Lifetime Developments Meeting Update

On Tuesday, April 18 Parkdale community members met with developer Lifetime Developments to discuss proposed development at King and Dufferin north-east corner and south west corner.

The meeting was attended by Parkdale residents association members, Parkdale and Liberty Village residents, Councillor Gord Perks and MP Arif Virani.

After initial consultations the developer lowered the heights of both properties from 21 to 17 stories and from 19 to 14 stories, respectively.

The developer changed the proposed appearance of the buildings from all glass to a combination of brick and glass in consideration of heritage structure around the buildings.
They have also increased the setback of the buildings from the curbs, creating wider sidewalks, and adding pedestrian walkways on both sides.

The sites will not be developed simultaneously.

However, height and density are still major issues as these buildings are high-rises.

Residents made comments regarding making Parkdale urban design better, not simply looking to copy the height and density of surrounding buildings (Dufferin and Tyndall high-rises) which the developers are using as reference points for the developments.

Transit overcrowding and traffic congestion are serious issues that have not been thus properly addressed.

There is greater need for public parking, bicycle lanes and bicycle parking as well as two and three bedroom apartments.

The design of the structures needs to be approached holistically as it fits with a changing neighbourhood.

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Many residents voiced concerns regarding affordable housing, an issue private developers do not have to address. MP Virani spoke briefly regarding federal funds for 10-year affordable housing plan.

 

Community Development Meeting for 1182 & 1221 King St. W. – Apr. 18th

gE6WJEwLifetime Developments, is proposing to develop 2-sites kitty-corner to each other at the intersection of Dufferin Street and King Street West. The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

The proposed rezoning application is to permit two residential buildings at the intersection of King Street West and Dufferin Street.  The proposed development at 1182 King St. W. is 17-storeys (located on the north east corner site) and at 1221 King St. W. is 14-storeys (located just past the southwest corner – west of BMO bank building).  Both buildings would have commercial uses on the ground floor, 3 levels of underground parking. (This is a reduction from previous presented proposal which was 21 and 19 stories.)

To speak to the planner directly, contact Michelle Knieriem, City Planner, michelle.knieriem@toronto.ca.  You may also mail your comments to the planner at Toronto and East York District, 100 Queen St W Floor 18 E Toronto On, M5H 2N2. You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:  http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2015/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-85118.pdf.

Questions: what is the current CIty approved height & density, will both sites be developed simultaneously, public parking, open green space, square footage of street level retail shops, Section 37 charges, historic Metallic Roofing Company building, add your own.

Date: Tuesday, April 18th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 141 Close Avenue – Holy Family Catholic School – Gymnasium

New Sign 153 Dufferin St. Consultation – April 13

The proposal is to erect and display one illuminated third party electronic ground sign, containing one sign face measuring 8.53 metres vertically by 17.07 metres horizontally and at an overall height of 22.86 metres above grade at the easterly portion of the property at 153 Dufferin Street adjacent to an existing warehouse building and directed towards the Gardiner Expressway. The single face on the sign is proposed to display electronic static images. Also contemplated is the removal of an existing third party roof sign at the subject premises and extending the expiration provisions for third party signs from 5 years to 10 years.

The feedback City Staff receive through this Community Consultation Session will help inform the staff report and recommendations, scheduled to be before PGMC on May 31st.  Everyone is invited to attend and participate in shaping our neighbourhood.

Date: Thursday, April 13th
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 171 Dunn Avenue (Parkdale United Church)

Town Hall on Affordable Housing in Toronto – Mar. 29

TOWN HALL ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN TORONTO

The Federal Government is taking steps to address affordable housing. The 2017 Budget includes an additional $11 billion commitment to the new National Housing Strategy – that means access to affordable housing in Parkdale.

Arif Vrani, event organizer and MP for Parkdale-High Park and Adam Vaughan, MP for Spadina-Fort York will be on-hand to discuss the Governments strategy for affordable housing in Toronto.

This is an opportunity for residents to share their perspectives on the need for affordable housing in Parkdale and beyond!

Date: Wednesday, March 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 20 West Lodge Ave. (May Robinson Auditorium)

Exhibition Place Public Consultation – Mar. 8

The community is invited to attend  Exhibition Place Public Consultation Session to review the Draft Strategic Plan 2017 to 2019 that the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place has developed.

This is Parkdales’ opportunity to have input into how Exhibition Place will develop over the next few years. We need to maintain and preserve the open/green space, historical buildings and art works in this 192-acre city owned property by the Lake.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend and if you require free parking to feedback@explace.on.ca

If you are unable to attend either session Exhibition Place welcomes your feedback. Please send all comments to feedback@explace.on.ca – all commentary will be read and taken into consideration.

Find the Strategic Plan 2017-2019 (DRAFT version) here.
Find the HLTA presentation presented to the Board of Governors in January, here.

Date: Wednesday, March 8th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: Beanfield Centre, Room 200, Exhibition Place (former Automotive Building)

Milky Way Garden Visioning Workshop – Mar. 13

What: Greenest City & Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) will host a series of community consultations to collect input from local residents in order to redesign 87 Milky Way into a shared urban agriculture space for Parkdale. Planners and designers will use that input to create both an urban design and business plan for the space.

Visioning Workshop – Participants will be guided through a visioning process to capture needs, wants, and dreams, as they relate to the redesign on 87 Milky Way into a community space for urban agriculture.

Why/Background: The Milky Way Garden is a 7000 sq ft green space in our Parkdale neighbourhood (behind Parkdale Library). The land has been stewarded by a local ESL class and GC for nearly a decade, but until recently this was a temporary agreement with the private owners of the land. The PNLT will soon purchase this land, to secure a dedicated urban agriculture space for Parkdale. This piece of community owned land will continue to be used for urban agriculture activities, but will be redesigned to reflect the needs and desires of local residents.

Who should attend: Parkdale Residents, members of Greenest City and members of PNLT.

Tibetan translation provided. Please contact the organizers for additional translation needs. If you have questions please email monique@greenestcity.ca or call 647.438.0038

RSVP HERE

Date: Monday, March 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

Call For Mural Artists – Deadline Mar. 24

Parkdale artists are invited to submit a request for application to paint one of eight Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in Parkdale as part of the 2017 Bell Box Murals Project.
Murals will be painted May 1 – 8, 2017.

Applicants will be sent more details of the submission process. Artists will be chosen based on their connection to the community, experience painting on outdoor surfaces, concept for the mural and a portfolio of past work.

For submission details contact: ParkdaleBellBox@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/bellboxmuralsproject/

The DEADLINE for submitting an application request is 5:00pm, Friday, March 24, 2017.

The Parkdale Neighbourhood Murals 2017 are a partnership between The Parkdale Village BIA, the Bell Box Murals Project, and Bell Canada.
Paint donated by Benjamin Moore Paint.