Category Archives: Local Interest

Community Control over Development in Parkdale – June 29

COME LEARN ABOUT HOW TO GAIN GREATER COMMUNITY CONTROL OVER DEVELOPMENT IN PARKDALE

The Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) and Atkinson Foundation are organizing the first in a series of lectures – ON COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS 101 – Come learn about using Community Benefit Agreements as tools for gaining greater community control over development.

THE PANEL
Rosemarie Powell – Toronto Community Benefit Network
Mariam Paul – East Scarborough Storefront
Michelle Francis – Community Action Planning Group
Moderated by Jenn Miller – Atkinson Foundation

Date: Thursday, June 29th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

WQW Planning Study & Heritage District Report Meeting – June 26

This Town Hall meeting will present the final report recommendations of the West Queen West Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study. The Study reviewed all the properties on Queen Street West between Bathurst Street and Roncesvalles Avenue.

The WQW HCD is but a component of a much larger WQW Planning Study started in 2015. This meeting is the kickoff and start of a conversation about the Parkdale and West Queen West areas can change and grow over time.

The evening will begin with an Open House from 6:30-7:00pm, followed by:
•   A brief summary by City Staff on the WQW Heritage Study;
•   Background on the Planning Study;
•   Planning policies, building guidelines;
•   Approaches to main street development.
•   The type of development that may be possible in Parkdale / West Queen West; and,
•   Next steps in the Planning Study process.

This presentation is followed by a discussion facilitated by the project team. This is where YOU can ask questions and share your comments. For more information contact Councillor Perks Councillor_Perks@toronto.ca or City Planner Graig Uens guens@toronto.ca, 416-397-4647.

Date: Monday, June 26th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – Open House,
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Presentation &  Discussion
Place: 1115 Queen St W. – The Theatre Centre

Sunnyside Pedestrian Bridge Street Art Meeting – June 12

The STEPS Initiative, in cooperation with Street Art Toronto, will be hosting a community information session to provide local community members and stakeholders with some information about the project, artist, design, and opportunities for engagement.

This International cultural exchange will host one of Chicago’s most prominent street artists – JUSTUS ROE – to create an energetic and engaging abstract piece across the length of the pedestrian bridge to Sunnyside beach. http://stepsinitiative.com/

Come out and shape your neighbourhood!

Date: Monday, June 12th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)
Can’t make the info session? Check them out at Roncy Rocks on June 17th

Community Control over Development in Parkdale – June 20 & 29

COME LEARN ABOUT HOW TO GAIN GREATER COMMUNITY CONTROL OVER DEVELOPMENT IN PARKDALE

The Parkdale Community Economic Development (PCED) and Atkinson Foundation are organizing the first in a series of lectures – ON COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

DEVELOPMENT 101 – Come learn about the development and planning process in Parkdale and how to gain greater community control.

THE PANEL
Benjamin Hoff – Urban Strategies
Clara Stewart-Robertson – Jane-Finch Community Centre
Claire Heese-Boutin – Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust
Moderated by Emily Paradis U- niversity of Toronto

Date: Tuesday, June 20th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 201 Cowan Ave. – St. Marks Church

COMMUNITY BENEFITS 101 – Come learn about using Community Benefit Agreements as tools for gaining greater community control over development.

THE PANEL
Rosemarie Powell – Toronto Community Benefit Network
Mariam Paul – East Scarborough Storefront
Michelle Francis – Community Action Planning Group
Moderated by Jenn Miller – Atkinson Foundation

Date: Thursday, June 29th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

King Street TTC Pilot Study – May 18

We invite you to attend the King Street Pilot Study Public Meeting!

The King Street Pilot Study is about exploring bold, transformative ideas for how to redesign King Street in order to move people on transit more efficiently, improve placemaking and the public realm, and support business and economic prosperity.

At this public meeting, the City will be seeking feedback on a preferred pilot design that has been developed for the corridor.

We encourage you to attend our public meeting to learn more and share your thoughts on the work we’ve done to date on the King Street Pilot Study. For more information on the pilot study, please visit the project website.

Date: Thursday, May 18th
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 225 Front St. W. – (InterContinental Toronto Centre, Ballroom)

Dowling Ave. Cycling Route Consultation – May 17

You are invited to the 2nd Public Open House to discuss the proposed cycling route on Dowling Avenue, between the existing signed cycling route on Sorauren Avenue and the Waterfront Trail.  The objective of this route is to provide residents with easier and safer access to the waterfront by bicycle and create a gateway to greenspace for our Parkdale neighbourhood.

Date: Wednesday, May 17th
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 1303 Queen St W. – Parkdale Library (basement)

Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust AGM – May 6

Come out to attend the Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust (PNLT) 2nd annual member’s meeting.

PNLT is a non-profit organization that seeks to build a just, healthy, and inclusive neighbourhood. The PNLT acquires and manages land under the unique community ownership model of a community Land Trust (CLT), promoting long-term community benefits, affordability, and enabling democratic local planning.

At this event,  members will elect 9 new members of the board of directors, the decision making body of this community controlled organization.

The AGM is an opportunity to participate in the decisions that the PNLT is making on members behalf. To vote at this meeting you must be a member of PNLT – click here to apply.

• Food & Childcare Provided.
• Tibetan interpretation.

Date: Saturday, May 6th
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (doors open 2:30 p.m.)
Place: 250 Dunn Ave. – Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church

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.