Many shoppers today on Bloor, dropped by to chat with us and learn about the BWVRA, including several of you from outside the neighbourhood – even a few from outside the city.  Thank you.  We increased our membership, raised money for our Save Our Village Fund and gave out a few lawn signs.  And some lucky person won a candy machine.  Keep an eye on our web site for frequent updates on our involvement in local development.

On December 6th, Toronto City council voted unanimously to oppose Plaza Corp’s proposed development on the site of the Humber Theatre! This is great news and now we need to prepare for our Mediation session with the developer on February 7th, 2018. 

A big thank you to the many generous people who have already stepped up with a donation to the Save Our Village Fund: we’ve raised close to $9,000 so far but we still have a long way to go.  To help get us there, the BWVRA has agreed to match donations, up to a total of $2,000, between now and December 31, 2017.  If you’ve been planning to donate, now is your chance to have double the impact!  It’s fast and easy to do at our donation page

A big victory for residents of Bloor West Village yesterday when Toronto City council voted unanimously to oppose Plaza Corp’s proposed development at the site of the Humber Theatre!  Thank you Sarah Doucette (@DoucetteWard13) for your leadership!  We’re now two months away from mediation with the OMB and residents support will be crucial to a successful outcome: follow our page to stay informed as to how you can help.

The Bloor West Village Residents’ Association is a group of resident volunteers committed to fostering a well-balanced and liveable community, both now and into the future. Our neighbourhood is currently facing an urgent challenge with a proposed development on the site of the Humber Theatre.

The Theatre sits on a landmark site with most of the stores now empty and windows papered over, awaiting development. Renewal of this block is urgently needed and the BWVRA supports responsible re-development that respects the existing scale and character of the immediate neighbourhood.

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The City of Toronto is undertaking an initiative with the goal of considering the opportunity to allow and regulate laneway suites on the numerous laneways across Toronto and East York areas of the City.  If you missed the meeting held recently at City Hall, feedback can be found here.

 

Proposed Humber Theatre Re-development

On September 28th, the first Pre-hearing Conference at the Ontario Municipal Board offices in Toronto was held regarding the proposed Humber Theatre re-development. During this meeting, all of the Parties and Participants, who have an interest in the proceedings, were identified and the next steps were proposed and agreed upon. The Bloor West Village Residents Association was very capably represented by our legal counsel Paul DeMelo, a highly regarded lawyer at OMB proceedings. We have also retained David Butler, a noted Professional Planner in Toronto, who also brings many years of experience to our team.

It now seems to be common practice at Pre-Hearing Conferences for the OMB to encourage the Parties to explore the potential for “Mediation” as an alternative to a much more involved and costly “Contested Hearing”. Very often the Parties will agree but the Developer will usually also ask for a Hearing Date, should Mediation fail. However, in this case, it was very encouraging that Plazacorp did not make such a request. Instead, it was agreed there will be a second Pre-Hearing Conference on February 7th, 2018, with the understanding that this will lead to Mediation in the Spring, 2018.

In the mean time, our expectation is that the Developer will make a sincere effort to reach out to and consult with all of the Parties and other concerned representatives of the community. Our Association is mobilizing quickly to be a constructive voice for the community when these consultations begin.

But we need YOUR input ….on the kind of re-development the BWVRA should be advocating for on this site!
So please save the date October 30th, 7:00 pm, for a Community Meeting at the Humbercrest United Church Hall on Baby Point Road, just north of the development site.

In preparation for tonight’s public BWVRA meeting, we’ve developed a short backgrounder on the New Deal for Cities.

You can view the backgrounder as a Word document (2 pages, 117kb) if you’d like to print it, or click “read the rest of this entry” to see it online.

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One of the speakers at our public meeting next week (May 24th, 7pm, Runnymede United Church), will be Jennifer Keesmaat, from The Office of Urbanism. She is one of the authors of an ambitious study on the future of the commercial strip of Bloor West Village.

Ms. Keesmaat will present the document, called the Bloor West Village Urban Design Study, at the meeting. Since the study contains a lot of information, photos, and maps we want to offer you the chance to examine it in advance of the presentation.

Click here to see the study (PDF, 9MB)