The CWNA's primary concerns are Development, Placemaking (Parks and Public Realm), Heritage Conservation and Community Safety. Check out our Interactive Map for information on planned and current condo development projects and improvements to our parks. [More about the CWNA]
The minutes of the CWNA Board's monthly meetings are made available online once they have been approved by the Board at the following meeting. The latest ones can be found on the Board Minutes page.
2020 Annual General Meeting
The CWNA's Annual General Meeting has been set for Wednesday, November 18 at 7 pm. It will be a virtual meeting, via Zoom. More details to follow.
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Church Wellesley Update [view all]
The City has started the final series of consultations for the revitalization of George Hislop and Norman Jewison Parks and Alexander Street Parkette. The first (online) public consultation is on Thursday, Nov. 5. [Register here]
A master plan for the three connected parks parallel to Yonge Street (George Hislop, Norman Jewison and James Canning Gardens) was completed in 2017 and James Canning Gardens is now being renovated in line with that plan.
Alexander Street Parkette, which was not included in the 2017 master plan, has been added to the scope of the project.
According to the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division, the consultation process will "refresh and build on engagement completed to date for the linear parks, and provide opportunities for additional input during the design process. While the master plan identifies a conceptual design framework for the park with activity areas, planting, seating, lighting, and paths etc., finalizing the park concept plans to meet current community needs will be part of the exercise. George Hislop Park will also have an integrated public art/design element that celebrates LGBTQ2S+ history, leadership, excellence and resilience - a new feature that was not identified in the master plan."
The consultations, being held between September 2020 and January 2021, include:
George Hislop Park is currently closed and will be the first of the three parks to be rebuilt. Parks & Foresty's most optimistic estimate for George Hislop is a start date of mid-2021 with completion in late 2021 or summer 2022. The other parks will follow.
Ongoing updates are being posted on the City's web page, Yonge Street Linear Park Improvements.
Graywood Developments has formally submitted a development application to the City for 506 to 516 Church Street, which is now Crews & Tangos, Boutique Bar and a Target Park surface lot. -- [Read more]
[A summary of recent happenings on the development front. Click the links for the post in the Church Wellesley Update blog, and check our interactive map for further details.]
The Clover (599 Yonge) and Halo (484 Yonge)
On March 27, the Clover, on Yonge between Gloucester and Dundonald; and Halo, at the southwest corner of Yonge and Grosvenor, went into receivership. In June the Clover project was taken over by Concord Pacific. [more]
Church Wellesley Northwest Tower (64 and 66 Wellesley E. & 552-570 Church)
In September 2020 ONE Properties released a revised plan for a 36 storey mixed use rental tower. There is an LPAT hearing scheduled for December 2020; CWNA is a party to the case [more]
Church and Maitland (506 to 516 Church)
The properties currently occupied by Crews and Tangos, Boutique Bar and a Target Park parking lot, are owned by Graywood Group, a Toronto-based real estate developer. In July, Graywood submitted a development application to the City. [more]
20-26 Maitland (former Catholic Children's Aid)
PlazaCorp has proposed a 45-storey condominium tower at 20 to 26 Maitland Street, where the former Catholic Children's Aid headquarters and a Victorian house now stand. [more]
The Beer Store (572 Church)
Originally proposed as a 16-storey condo on the Beer Store property at 572 Church Street, the project has now been reduced to 12-storeys, according to a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal mediated settlement. [more]
Gloucester Mews (Yonge and Gloucester)
This 34-storey project was approved several years ago, but went into dormancy until late 2018, when the application was revived as a rental building with an updated design. [more]
10 Wellesley West
This site lies just outside the western edge of the Church Wellesley neighbourhood and includes 10-16 Wellesley Street West, 5-7 St. Nicholas Street and 586 Yonge Street, where Centrecourt is now proposing a 55 storey tower. [more]
Some of the last low- and mid-rise buildings on Charles Street will be replaced by a 48 storey tower, including a 6-storey podium. [more]
625 Church (at Charles)
Manulife Real Estate has submitted a development proposal for a 59 storey tower where the Traders Building at 625 Church Street presently stands. [more]
33 Isabella (Isabella Court) Infill
Cromwell Property Management is proposing a 4 storey building on the west side of the 27 storey Isabella Court, with 15 apartments and ground floor administrative offices. [more]
See our interactive map for all real estate developments, including land assemblies, in our neighbourhood.
The YongeTOmorrow study is progressing, with the next public consultation scheduled for Wednesday, Sept 16. This phase of the study focusses on the redesign of Yonge from Queen Street to College / Carlton, and will influence future plans for Yonge north of College/Carlton. The recommended plan for Yonge Street will prioritize pedestrians [Read more]
The homeless encampments in Barbara Hall Park and George Hislop Park have been cleared, with individuals relocated to proper housing -- but George Hislop Park may be fenced off for the foreseeable future. [Read more]
The CWNA's lane naming project continues, adding character and history to previously anonymous alleys. The dedication of Dapper Lane and Anvil Alley, located in the heart of the Village, took place on January 24. [Read more]
Downtown East Toronto is in the midst of an overdose and housing crisis and we can see the effect on our streets and public spaces. Last summer, a one year Downtown East Action Plan, initiated by Councillors Wong-Tam and Troisi, was adopted by Council. The Plan included 36 actions to address the areas of mental health, substance abuse, housing and homelessness, public safety, economic opportunities, and parks and public realm.
In July 2019, City Council approved a 5-Year Action Plan for the Downtown East that will build and expand upon the work of the 12-Month Action Plan that has been in effect since last year.
While the Plan will not fix the addiction epidemic, it does rally City resources to address the complex issues of addiction and homelessness.
In the the space of two days in June 2019, the Doug Ford government passed a pair of measures that severely set back the City's ability to regulate development. [Read more]
Church Wellesley Update [view all]
Yonge Street Linear Park Improvements Virtual Public Meeting
Thur., Nov. 5
6:30 pm - 8 pm.
Online - REGISTER
CWNA Board Meeting
Sat., Nov 14
10 am - 12 pm
CWNA Annual General Meeting
Wed., Nov. 18
via Zoom - link to follow
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