In late July 2020, Graywood Developments submitted a proposal to the City for 506 to 516 Church Street (now Crews & Tangos, Boutique Bar and a Target Park surface lot)
The illustration for the proposal shows a 15 storey mid-rise stepped backed from Church Street, preserving the Crews & Tango heritage building. The proposal conforms to City planning guidelines for development on Church Street.
The lease of Crews & Tango has been extended for two years and the developer has committed to working with the owners of Crews & Tangos with regards to the future development. See more background in our previous post.
A community consultation will be scheduled for later this year.
The developer's website for the project includes all of the development application documents and a timeline of the development process so far: www.506churchstreet.com
In early June, the encampment at Barbara Hall Park was cleared, with individuals offered assistance in moving to much safer and fully serviced accommodations.
The encampment at George Hislop Park was more challenging. While the City had successfully relocated some people to better accommodations, more tents would soon appear to replace those that had been vacated.
Some Charles Street residents grew so frustrated that a single-purpose community group was founded, the Charles Area Network Alliance (CAN Alliance). The CAN Alliance undertook a media campaign and lobbied Mayor Tory, who appeared for an inspection in late June.
People living in George Hislop Park were relocated to supportive housing in early July and the park was completely fenced off at Charles and Isabella Streets. The reasons the City has given for closing the park is for "sod and irrigation improvements." The park will eventually be completely renovated, which would mean it could be inaccessible for up to three years.
- Progress on Park Encampments ;
- City Grapples with COVID-19 Homelessness and Encampments