Article on the proposed development published in the Toronto Star on Tuesday, February 26, 2013:
Toronto Star: Nine-storey condo project on Robertson Davies Park faces local ire over size and lost trees
UPDATE - FEBRUARY 20, 2013
PUBLIC MEETING: Wednesday February 27th 7:00pm-9:00pm at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, Sunderland Hall 175 St.Clair W (just west of Avenue Rd on the south side of St.Clair). A copy of the notice can be found in the Documents section.
City Planning, the developer, and Councillor Josh Matlow will be in attendance at this meeting. The developer will be presenting its "revised" development plans so this meeting will provide you the opportunity to be aware of how meaningfully out of bylaw this development proposal remains. You will be able to express your dissatisfaction and try to protect your community. As a community we need to respond with a strong voice. Let’s ensure City staff begin to represent your community’s interests and not those of a profit maximizing speculator! Please help to protect your community and attend this meeting.
It is fundamentally wrong that the City Planning Dept is supporting the destruction of Robertson Davies Park trees to facilitate a developer's plans for an oversized, out of by-law high rise condo. City Planning is exploiting our community and acting contrary to bylaws and also contrary to Toronto's Official Plan- the proposed condo is too big for the lot.
Your voice is important so please attend this meeting. The proposed condo development is a very important issue for your community as this development sets a dangerous precedent for further out-of-bylaw condo development within your community. Do not let developers buy their way out of their obligation to our community, our City’s parks and trees. This is your opportunity to make City staff accountable to their obligations. The low density homes on the west side of Avenue appear ripe for future out-of-bylaw condominium redevelopment, so we need to be heard now to stop this precedent setting out-of-bylaw condominium proposal on the east side of Avenue Road.
In addition to excessive mass and height (9+2 stories vs the bylaw limit of 5 stories), unsafe resident pickup/dropoff right on Avenue Road, parking overflow onto existing congested neighbouring streets, non-existent replant ratios, no provision for snow management (the building’s is 1 metre from Avenue Rd. – it will be impossible to keep sidewalk and street clear...this is a school zone), shadows looming over both the park and low rise residential etc... this destruction of City park trees is yet another issue concerning the high rise condo proposed for 281-289 Avenue Rd. City Planning is continuing to exploit our community for the benefit of a speculative developer, and its logical to believe that the West side of Avenue Road is next. Note that the proposed condo on the east side of Avenue will not replace the old apartment building on the SE corner of Avenue Rd & Cottingham. It will be built right beside it.
Yes its true, in addition to everything else, City park trees are now slated for destruction to facilitate a developer's plans to build an out-of-bylaw, oversized condo. The condo is too big for the lot! Even though the Parkland Dedication Bylaw requires the condo developer to dedicate a 4.2m x 32m strip of parkland along the northern border of Robertson Davies Park, the City Planning Dept isn't requiring them to do so. If that strip of parkland was enforced, all of the ~20 feet tall trees on the northern border of Robertson Davies Park would be saved and there would be room for additional plantings. As proposed, there will be no tree canopy on the northern border of Robertson Davies Park shielding the park users from the looming 9 storey condo face or to shield the park from the noise/pollution of the condo parking garage driveway that directly abuts the park. All of the park trees are slated for destruction because the City is taking cash instead of enforcing the Parkland Dedication Bylaw. The City's Official plan has targeted our community for increased canopy and parkland because we are in the lowest parkland density area of the City- and yet, City Planning is taking cash. It is very noteworthy, that City Park’s staff in an August 2011 meeting gave the developer clear direction that Park’s would require the developer to dedicate the parkland, but since then City Park’s staff has flip flopped and now prefers the City receive cash instead! This is another unacceptable exploitation of our community in order to help a developer maximize his footprint, buildable square footage and profits.
This meeting will provide you the opportunity to hear the revised development plans and to be aware of how meaningfully out of bylaw this development proposal remains. The low density homes on the west side of Avenue also appear ripe for out-of-bylaw condo redevelopment, so we need to be heard now to stop this precedent setting condo proposal on the east side of Avenue Road. This is your opportunity to inform City staff and Councillor Matlow of your position. As a community we need to respond with a strong voice. Let’s ensure City staff represent the community’s interests and not those of a profit maximizing speculator!
The latest Site Plan is available in the Documents section.