A very warm welcome to our newest member, Karma Condos at 15 Grenville Street! We congratulate the Board of TSCC 2532 and their Property Manager on becoming part of the Bay Cloverhill Community Association and look forward to their participation in making the neighbourhood better for everyone.
In 2009, Lifetime Developments partnered with CentreCourt Developments to create a 50 storey, 498 unit condominium building named Karma Condos. Occupancy began in 2016.
One of the interesting parts of the complex is the John Irwin House at 21 Grenville. This Second Empire style home is designated under Part IV and Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, since it was built in 1873 for John Irwin, and occupied by a civil engineer named W. D. Hale. The property survived demolition of many houses on Grenville in 1922, as a result of the expansion of Bay Street to accommodate Maple Leaf Gardens and Eaton's College Street store (now College Park). During the construction of Karma Condos, the historic house was relocated from the northwest corner of the property to the northeast corner, at the leisurely rate of 10 inches per day.
On June 9, 2021, City Council approved streetscape improvements for Breadalbane Street, between the eastern and western limits of Dr. Lilian McGregor Park. The project will improve the public realm by visually connecting the two public parks (Dr. Lilian McGregor Park and Opera Place Park) on the street and by potentially calming traffic and reducing vehicular speeds.
Construction will be undertaken by Lanterra and funded by $750,000 in Section 37 development funds from the Britt Condos, located on the former Sutton Place premises at 951-971 Bay Street and 36 Wellesley Street.
Although the City staff are finalizing the scope of work, there will be increased infiltration of rain and snow melt through the road surface by using permeable pavers. Work will start this year and be complete in 2022.
The result will be an environment that will allow pedestrians to safely enjoy the invaluable green spaces in our neighbourhood. Councillor Wong-Tam and the Bay Cloverhill Community Association look forward to animating the parks with special events, to benefit the entire neighbourhood.
A coalition of downtown resident associations from the area bounded by Christie Street, Don Valley, College Street, and the CPR rail line/Rosedale Valley will be hosting an information session to learn about recent trends and initiatives, and to exchange ideas on how to better engage with the City and developers in the development process. The Province's Growth Plan means that the City's Official Plan must be revised to meet densification of 200 people and jobs per hectare for areas within 800 metres of a subway station by 2050. City Planning has started working on amendments to the Official Plan that will go to CIty Councillor in Q4 2021, and then must be submitted to the Province before July 2022.
Participating will be Councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 13), Mike Layton (Ward 11) and City Planning staff from Strategic Initiatives. They will present their draft Official Plan amendments for Downtown densification to the Roundtable, including provisions for Inclusionary Zoning of affordable housing.
Members of the Bay Cloverhill Community Association Development Committee will be participating and we invite any interested residents to join us. Attached are more details and the agenda. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the meeting.
Many female-identified persons, including trans people, women, and gender non-binary individuals, residents, and workers have reported feeling increasingly unsafe while engaging in their daily activities and routines across the city and in particular, parts of the downtown. This can be attributed to many things such as fewer people commuting as individuals are working from home and increasing rates of poverty - making the existing mental health and homelessness crises more visible.
On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in partnership with Dixon Hall, Councillor Wong-Tam will be hosting a Women’s Safety Panel Discussion to name and bring to light these realities, as well as to provide strategies and resources for female-identified community members. We will have presentations from special guests Susan Davis (Executive Director, Gerstein Crisis Centre), Pauline Larson (Director of Economic and Community Development, Downtown Yonge BIA), Uppala Chandrasekera (Social Worker), Scott McKeen, (Community Safety & Wellbeing Unit, City of Toronto), and Inspector Susan Gomes (Toronto Police Services, 51 Division), followed by a Q & A. If you wish, please submit your questions in advance of the meeting, you will be asked after RSVPing to enter them.
When: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST
Where: RSVP to join https://www.kristynwongtam.ca/safetypanel
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Toronto Hydro will be starting work in July 2021 on Underground Civil & Electrical Work related to the TTC Museum Station Relocation. There may be minor road and sidewalk restrictions for about 6 months in the Queen's Park/Charles area. Construction will typically be done between 7 am and 7 pm weekdays.
City planning is becoming increasingly important as communities want to protect their local heritage and cultural hubs. As we see development across Toronto and with big planning changes afoot at the Province, how can we remain engaged in community planning? How do we create and support urban spaces that are meaningful to us? Who decides what is meaningful? What makes the Village a village?
It Takes A Village is a campaign to protect and promote cultural and heritage spaces. It explores deep questions about culture and heritage and offers information on the local planning process. We hope the campaign will energize and empower residents to take a more proactive approach in neighbourhood planning.
Bringing together planners, heritage architects, artists, and culture keepers, this panel will explore the meaning of cultural and heritage spaces to our communities. What they look like, if development disrupts culture and heritage, and how preserving culture happens in actual practice. On May 27, 2021, join Councillor Wong-Tam in discussion with experts and advocates as they discuss protecting and preserving culture and heritage in Toronto. #ItTakesAVillage
When: Thursday, May 27th, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Learn more about our panelists and register here: https://www.kristynwongtam.ca/ittakesavillage_panel
A Community Consultation meeting for a proposed 59 storey condominium project at Yonge and Breadalbane has been scheduled for Wednesday May 12th at 7 pm. This event is open to the public and representatives from Bay Cloverhill will be attending.
More details on the project are available in the Pending Projections page of the Development Section at: https://www.baycloverhill.com/pending-projects.html
Starting as early as May 3, 2021, Stage 2 of the Second Exit/Entrance and Easier Access construction for College station will begin.
This stage involves the start of heavy construction in the area in order to carry out the structural foundation work for the new elevators and concourse for College Station. The expected duration of this stage of construction is approximately 1 year.
The first week of work will involve the installation of hoarding/barriers and traffic control measures and removals of street furniture and sidewalk narrowing to create a safe work zone.
Please see the attached notice for additional details.
A development proposal for 510-528 Yonge and 7 Breadalbane was presented at Toronto East York Community Council in February 2021. As recommended by City staff, a community consultation meeting will be scheduled and adjacent property owners notified.
In partnership with the City of Toronto, Ontario Health (Central), community health centres, and Toronto Paramedic Services, the TTC is supporting the deployment of mobile COVID-19 testing units. The program will bring testing closer to home for those who need it most, with testing concentrated in northwest Toronto areas with higher COVID-19 positivity rates.
Testing will be carried out inside a TTC bus by Ontario Health nurses and paramedics. This builds on work by the Toronto Paramedic’s Community Paramedicine team to bring testing to areas that need it most. Access to testing is crucial and more locations will be added throughout the program.