Humber River Parkland: Mill side Condo proposed

Bloor West Villagers who enjoy the quaint park and trail system of the Old Mill area of the Humber River – take note. A 10-storey condo tower is being proposed for the river bank opposite the Old Mill just west of the stone bridge.

On the surface this appears to be a serious compromising of the old-age beauty of a unique site. A tower would replace the existing Old Mill’s river side parking lot at a cost of several hundred trees. This is officially green space and the Official Plan and zoning bylaws would have to be amended to allow it. For more, see:
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2007/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-1252.pdf

The Old Millside Residents’ Association media release is below. As you can see the fate of the proposal is likely to be decided Tuesday, Feb. 12/09 – 6-pm. That is when the Etobicoke Community Council (399 West Mall) will consider it. You can make your views known or simply listen. To comment you must register in advance on Monday Feb.11 by calling the City clerk at 416 394 8101.

From Old Millside Residents’ Association:

Important Public Meeting for those who care about
The Humber River Parkland on
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre
(Council Chambers), 399 The West Mall

An application has been submitted to permit the building of a 10-storey residential condominium across the street from the Old Mill restaurant/banquet hall, overlooking the Humber River.

According to the City of Toronto’s Official Plan, the site is located within the “Green Space System” and is designated as a Natural Area. This designation does not permit residential uses. Furthermore, the property is zoned Private Open Space in the Etobicoke Zoning Code. This designation also does not permit residential uses. However, the developer has submitted a request to amend the zoning by-law and the Official Plan.

Members of our organization, the Old Millside Residents’ Association, have expressed opposition to this development for many reasons. Among our many concerns are its negative impact on traffic congestion; the safety of pedestrians and cyclists; the environment; and the aesthetic beauty of a park with a natural ravine setting that is enjoyed by residents from all parts of Toronto.

If you, like us, feel that plans and bylaws that have been put in place to protect this special site should not be overturned, please attend the public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12, of the Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, (Council Chambers), 399 The West Mall – and make your viewpoint known. This is an important event because at the meeting the Council will be debating and may be voting on whether to approve the Old Mill condo developer’s proposal to amend the zoning by-law and official plan.

If you’d like to make your views known verbally at the Feb. 12 meeting, contact the City Clerk by Feb. 11 at (416) 394-8101. If you wish to submit written comments, please forward them to the City Clerk, attention: Glenda Jagai, Etobicoke York Community Council, by Fax: (416) 394-8895 or by e-mail to etcc@toronto.ca.
If you’d like background information, visit the City of Toronto’s website at: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2008/ey/bgrd/backgroundfile-10349.pdf

Old Millside Residents’ Association