Building a Village

poster_6-June-2017You’re invited to an informal meeting on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 at 7 pm in the Annette Street Library Auditorium hosted by the Junction heritage conservation district (HCD)            Committee.

Have you ever wondered why the Junction has such            distinctive architecture?  Please join us for a presentation about the unique local building materials that were produced and supplied by Junction businesses, and the architectural features that are found on many original Junction heritage properties.

special announcement

248-260 High Park AvenueThe long-awaited, revised redevelopment plans for the former United Church at 260 High Park Avenue will be revealed on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 at 7 pm in the Baka Gallery Café, located at 2256 Bloor Street West (near Beresford Avenue).

We are excited to learn that the size of the project has been reduced and the new wing            complements the heritage attributes of the church and school building.  Most of the balconies are inset and many other important changes requested by the community are incorporated in the new design.  To preview the revised plans, please refer to: 248-260 High Park Avenue.

The developer is hosting this special community meeting and requests an RSVP.  Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP asap to: admin@mcgconsultants.ca.  To view the invitation letter, please refer to: May-16-2017_invite.

As well, on May 18th, these proposed alterations to a designated heritage property will be        considered by the Toronto Preservation Board.  You may also be interested in reading the report by Heritage Preservation Services (HPS) at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2017.PB23.1.

If the HPS report is adopted it will dovetail with the final staff report by Anthony Hommik,           Etobicoke York District planner, and it is on track to be considered at the 13 June 2017 Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) meeting.  The EYCC meetings are held in the Etobicoke Civic Centre at 399 The West Mall in the Council Chamber, and the agenda is published one week prior to the meeting date.  It will be available at the following link: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=965#Meeting-2017.EY23.

Please join us to share your comments at any, or all of these meetings.

encore presentation

poster_18-Apr-2017You’re invited to an informal meeting hosted by the Junction heritage conservation district (HCD) Committee on Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at 7 pm in the Annette Street Library           Committee Room.

Please join us for an encore presentation about Community Planning, development application processes and the        importance of community engagement.  Our guest speaker is Anthony Hommik from the Etobicoke York District planning department.

Junction history presentation

poster_7-Mar-2017You’re invited to an informal meeting hosted by the Junction heritage conservation district (HCD) Committee on Tuesday, March 7th at 7 p.m. in the Annette Street Library Community Room.

The Junction heritage district is a tale of two great estates – Keele & Willoughby – that shaped a prosperous village that grew into a vibrant city.  Please join us to hear the fascinating history of the Junction, the entrepreneurs and people who      established our fabulous neighbourhood.  Our guest speaker is Madeleine  McDowell, a member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society and the Etobicoke York Community Preservation Panel.

you’re invited

poster_6-dec-2016You’re invited to an informal meeting hosted by the Junction heritage conservation district (HCD) Committee on Tuesday, 6 December 2016 at 7 pm in the Annette Street Library    Community Room.

Please join us to learn more about Community Planning,         development application processes and the importance of community engagement.  Our guest speaker is Anthony Hommik from the Etobicoke York District planning               department.

In the meantime, perhaps you may be interested in reading an article about the cost and lost value of replacing an existing house with a new dwelling at:  https://theconversation.com/when-a-house-is-demolished-more-than-the-home-is-lost-42579 .

OMB Review

omb-review_final-public-consultation-document_coverThe provincial government is seeking feedback on possible changes to improve the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

A public-consultation-document provides information about the OMB and the review process.  It also outlines the issues and offers potential modifications to the OMB operation.  The content is organised under five key themes with a list of 24 questions.

Please share your written comments by 19 December 2016 at:  http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page15023.aspx .

You’re Invited

poster_18-oct-2016You’re invited an informal meeting hosted by the Junction HCD Committee on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 at 7 pm in the       Annette Street Library Community Room.

Our guest speaker is Alex Corey, a heritage planner with         Heritage Preservation Services (HPS).  Please join us to learn more about heritage districts and the nomination process.

In the meantime, perhaps you may be interested in reading an article written by Mary MacDonald, senior manager of HPS, about the value and importance of heritage conservation      districts at:  http://spacing.ca/toronto/2016/09/23/heritage-conservation-districts-long-overdue/

2978 Dundas Street West public consultation

expanded project - south view

expanded project – view on Dundas Street West

You are invited to attend the mandatory public meeting on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 at 7 pm in the West Toronto Baptist Church located at 3049 Dundas Street West.

This is your opportunity to discuss the expanded development application for 2978 Dundas Street West – at the corner of Pacific Avenue.  It will be interesting to learn if the developer has adapted the project based on the many comments and concerns expressed by the community during a preliminary meeting on 29 March 2016.

For further information about the meeting and to review a preliminary proposal report, please refer to the 2978-2988 Dundas Street West consultation notice.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please share your thoughts with senior planner, Greg Byrne at: gbyrne@toronto.ca

Please also share your views with Councillor Doucette at: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca

260 High Park Avenue public meeting

260 High Park existing elevations

260 High Park existing elevations

An application to redevelop the former United Church and school building located at 260 High Park Avenue for a residential purpose has been submitted to the planning department.

On Monday, 20 June 2016 at 7 pm the new owner’s development team will present the    adaptive reuse proposal to the community.

You are invited to attend the public meeting in the West Toronto Baptist Church located at 3049 Dundas Street West.  For further information about the meeting, please refer to the 248-260 High Park Community Consultation Notice.

The former United Church and attached school building was designated as a heritage property by City Council on 8 June 2016.  A summary about the project is available in this backgroundfile-92437.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and wish to share your thoughts, please contact Anthony Hommik at: ahommik@toronto.ca

Please also share your views with Councillor Doucette at: councillor_doucette@toronto.ca

preserving our history and built form

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The former United Church at 260 High Park Avenue was recommended for Designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act by the Toronto Preservation Board.

Heritage Preservation Services prepared a detailed heritage property evaluation report to support the designation application.  Additional research and information was provided by the Etobicoke York Community Preservation Panel, and the Junction HCD Committee.

To learn more about the history of the Junction and the evolution of the church property that shaped the social life and special built form fabric along Annette Street, please read the attached report.