Bloor & Jane Residents Fight Tridel Condo

Residents in the area of Bloor and Jane Streets are preparing to challenge plans by the Tridel Corporation to build a condo near them that could reach 16-storeys. The developer’s plans were unveiled earlier this summer and got a rough reception from residents who were angered by the height and the traffic realignment of South Kingsway and Riverview Gardens. They have formed the “new” Old Mill Community Association (OMCA) – a non-profit corporation comprised of Old Mill residents concerned about development at 2464-2500 Bloor Street (the Old Mill car dealership). The group is appealing to local residents to pledge an initial of $200. The money will be used to hire traffic and urban planning experts to argue their case at a City-sponsored community meeting on Tridel’s plan, set for October 5th.

The OMCA has already hired Johnston Litavski Planning Consultants to prepare its rebuttal.

The BWVRA shares the group’s concern about the potential impact of the project on Bloor West Village. It contains a number of sites that might also face development pressure.

Members of the BWVRA Executive will therefore attend the Community Meeting. We will also be participating in a related study of the wider area. The “Design Charette” process involves a group of about 20 local representatives brought together by the City Planning Department for an analysis of the project. The sessions will take place October 21st and October 28th.

While re-development of the Old Mill site, as well as the block containing the old Humber Odeon cinema is inevitable, the BWVRA feels any projects on this scale should respect the character of the Village and enhance it as it grows. Comments from members and local residents are always welcome at info@bwvra.ca
or via the comment link below.

The Tridel proposal can be viewed at http://2500bloor.ca/index.php

The OMCA can be reached through fighttheheight@yahoo.ca – they are looking for support.