MacDonald Block Project Update
Construction work continues on the MacDonald Block provincial government buildings at Bay/Wellesley/Queen's Park/Grosvenor. Infrastructure Ontario is planning a crane lift in mid-October, but there should be no road closures required. Construction is transitioning from the Ferguson and Mowat towers to the Hearst and Hepburn towers. This includes the dismantling and the addition of tarped scaffolding to revitalize the complex’s limestone exterior, in addition to the installation of new energy efficient windows and podium green roof, further to interior finishes.
Toronto Hydro Construction
Starting October 2021, Toronto Hydro will be upgrading overhead electrical cables and installing hydro poles in the Bay Cloverhill neighbourhood, in the area bounded by Bay Street to Grosvenor Street to Queen's Park's Crescent West to Charles Street. Work is scheduled to be completed in December 2022.
FRIENDS OF BAY CLOVERHILL - PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We need to raise $30,000 in 30 days. Starting October 1, 2021, all donations up to our goal will be matched by a generous neighbourhood resident. Please give whatever you can afford to help the Bay Cloverhill Community Association (BCCA), keep our unique neighbourhood character and feel, including additional shadow on our new park.
HELP YOUR COMMUNITY KEEP OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARACTER
We need your help to fight a potential development that would negatively affect our neighbourhood.
KingSett owns properties from 510 to 528 Yonge Street, and 7 Breadalbane Street. They want to erase the heritage feel of the neighbourhood by building a 500 unit, 59 storey condominium tower with retail along Yonge Street. In addition, the historic coach house at 7 Breadalbane would be demolished. This project would displace almost 20 residential rental tenants, in addition to the current retail tenants.
The BCCA, your residents’ association, does not support the development. We have registered as a party to the developer’s August 2021 application to the Ontario Land Tribunal, where they want to eliminate the City of Toronto’s planning requirement to prevent any additional shadow on Dr. Lillian McGregor Park. In addition, there are issues with the location and form of the building, in particular the angular plane, stepback and setbacks, which translate to an overpowering presence for pedestrians. These matters are currently before the Ontario Land Tribunal in relation to the City of Toronto’s Official Plan Amendment 183 with the next hearing scheduled in January 2022.
In order to fund our fight, the BCCA is asking residents to consider donating whatever amount they can to pay for the extensive legal fees and costs to hire expert witnesses to bolster our case. Without your help, the BCCA cannot be successful.
TO MAKE A DONATION:
Please give whatever amount you can – we need your participation! All donations are made through our partner, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO). Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $10. Your name and amount donated will remain confidential with the ACO.
Online: Via the ‘donate’ option on the ACO’s website www.acontario.ca. Choose ‘ACO Province Wide Programs’ and specify ‘Bay Cloverhill’ in the donation information areas as the specific project, or use this link Donation Link
Cheque: Send a cheque payable to ‘ACO Provincial’ to ACO, 206-401 Richmond St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 3A8. Write ‘Bay Cloverhill’ in the memo area of your cheque.
Credit Card: VISA or Master Card are accepted. Call Tai So of the ACO at 416-367-8075 extension 404 during business hours.
Cash: Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash payments.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT – TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!