Manulife Investment Management is proposing a 59 storey rental tower at Church and Charles, where the 7 storey Traders Building presently stands.
At a second community consultation, on October 2, Manulife polled community members as to whether they would choose to preserve the current building facade as the podium of a new tower or to have the building demolished in order to create more green space. Option 1 would allow for 2600 square feet of publicly accessible open space; option 2 would allow for 6300 square feet.
As a matter of comparison, the new tower on the west side of Church at Charles (including the old Manhattan Apartments) was approved at 47 storeys. The Manulife proposal is still at an early stage; the developer has yet to submit a development application to the City.
To receive email updates or provide your feedback, contact Manulife at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2019 edition of the CWNA's Meet Your Neighbours took place in Barbara Hall Park on a sunny Saturday, Sept. 7. This year, we grouped the participating community organizations together near the Church Street side of Barbara Hall Park, which drew in many curious passersby. We had entertainment through the afternoon, starting off with a stellar performance by D'Manda Tension, followed by the Rainbow Ballroom Dancers and a special children's reading by Fay and Fluffy. All in all it, many neighbours met, making the afternoon a grand success, which we will build on next year.
Join your federal candidates to discuss their views on local and Canada-wide issues. The debate will be moderated by Jane Taber, veteran journalist and VP of Corporate Affairs at NATIONAL.
Submit your questions for the candidates in advance at Organizing@The519.org.
The debate is co-sponsored by The 519, Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, McGill Granby Village Residents' Association, Bay Cloverhill Community Association and Upper Jarvis Neighbourhood Association.
Date: October 2
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Place: 519 Community Centre
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.
The site is currently occupied by The Charlesview, a 9-storey rental building at 55 Charles Street East (containing 76 units), and the 3-storey rental building at 61-63 Charles Street East (containing 24 units). Tenants will be compensated for moving and are being offered replacement rental units on the second to sixth floors of the new building. The rest of the building will be condominium units.
The original application asked for 55 storeys; this has been reduced to 48. The exterior design has also been made more interesting.
In July, the City met with stakeholders, including the CWNA, to review the developer's site plan. Renters had concerns regarding the lack of parking spaces designated for the rental apartments. As Charles can be very congested, another recommendation was making the laneway side of the building more amenable to mail, deliveries, pick-ups and drop-offs by adding a back lobby. Another concern was the lack of any designated outdoor space for dog relief.
The City will raise these concerns with the developer.
Priority Retail Streets are identified in the former City of Toronto Zoning By-law 438-86 and they require a minimum 60% of the frontage of development on designated streets to be dedicated to street related retail and service uses. Church Street is designated a Priority Retail Street.
The Downtown Plan updates and expands the number and locations of Priority Retail Streets to include areas that are a focus for growth within Downtown.
City Planning is holding public consultation on the draft Zoning By-law amendment. Please come and provide your input into the by-law on:
Date: August 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Place: Toronto Reference Library,789 Yonge St., Rm B1
Date: August 26, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College Street, Auditorium BC
Date: August 30, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Fort York Library, 190 Fort York Boulevard, Meeting Room
Date: September 5, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Place: Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 310
Read more about Priority Retail Streets By-law, or contact Igor Dragovic at email@example.com, 416-392-7215 for further information.
The City of Toronto is conducting a review of rooming houses, and wants to hear from you.
Multi-tenant houses are currently permitted in the former City of Toronto and some parts of Etobicoke and York. The review will focus on options to improve the licensing and regulation of these houses, including the rooming house hearing process. It will not look at whether multi-tenant houses should be permitted in other areas of the city.
Attend a public consultation on Thursday, August 22 from 6-8 p.m. at Metro Hall, Room 308/309 (55 John Street).
You can also provide feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org until August 31, 2019.
All feedback will be used to inform a report going to the Planning and Housing Committee in the fall of 2019.
To learn more, visit toronto.ca/roominghousereview.
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.
In 2017, the developer, Fitzrovia Capital, proposed a 64-storey condo tower. City staff recommended refusal of the application. Fitzrovia appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
Fitzrovia has since sold the land to Centrecourt Developments. In July 2019, Centrecourt resubmitted the proposal at 55 storeys. For comparison, Wellesley on the Park, now rising across the street at 11 Wellesley West, will top out at 60 storeys. There is an LPAT hearing scheduled for January, 2020.
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 Settlement.
The building will have a 44 degree angular plane rising from Church Street, so that it better relates to the low-rise buildings that characterize the Village, and contain 96 units.
This 34-storey condo 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.
The new building will replace the heritage buildings housing fly nightclub and Olympic Pizza, though the facades will be preserved.
In June, the Design Review Panel -- which is comprised of private sector design professionals who provide independent advice to city staff -- panned the new design on numerous counts and voted to send it back to the developer for a rethink. [see Urban Toronto article for details.]