revised plans for 406-410 Keele Street

Image from architectural plans submitted to city planning on 1-March-2019

Revised architectural plans were revealed for the redevelopment of 406-410 Keele Street, located on the southwest corner of Vine Avenue, at the third pre-hearing appeal session on 5 March 2019.

This redesign is currently being reviewed by      planning staff and other city departments.  The community will have an opportunity to provide comments on these revised plans.

When the staff report is written in a few months it will be on the Community Council agenda,      seeking approval based on an agreement in principle for these revised plans, and then the public is welcome to attend and participate at this final stage.

Since a community consultation meeting is not being scheduled, we encourage you to review the various reports available on the city’s Development Application webpage at:; and invite you to share your feedback with the planner,    Elisabeth Silva-Stewart ( and Councillor Gord Perks      ( at your earliest convenience.

The Junction HCD will be in the Community Corner at the      Junction Farmers Market on Saturday, 22 September 2018       between 9:00 and 12:00.

Please visit us to learn about our activities, our progress and accomplishments on behalf of the community we serve.  It’s also a great opportunity for us to thank you for your support, and to hear your ideas and feedback.

July 4th Etobicoke York Community Council

Wednesday, July 4th is the Etobicoke York      Community Council (EYCC) meeting.

The Junction HCD and other supporters will be        attending to oppose the redevelopment of four properties on the northwest corner of Pacific       Avenue at 2978 Dundas Street West, which is also adjacent to a landmark heritage building – the former Junction town hall.

A notice to demolish was received prior to the Open House meeting that was being hosted by the applicant to reveal the revised plans to the community.  This project also intends to exceed the six-storey height applicable in our twenty-metre Character Area and ignores an appropriate        cornice line step-back at the third-storey.

A link to view the meeting agenda is:, and the staff report is available at:

We need your help to avert the detrimental impact on our Character Area and future HCD.  Please consider attending to demonstrate your support, and perhaps to speak at 14:00.  Or write to the EYCC members to express your objections (a draft letter is attached); the e-address is:, and the chair is Councillor Mark Grimes.

July 4th Toronto & East York Community Council

proposed at 2639 Dundas Street West

Wednesday, July 4th is the Toronto & East York Community Council (T&EYCC) meeting.

The Junction HCD and other supporters will be   attending to oppose two redevelopment projects on the agenda — the Active Green + Ross    property at 2639 Dundas Street West and five properties at 2720 Dundas Street West.

Both of these locations are situated at the gateway of our future Junction heritage district, and have the potential to reset precedent for other redevelopments in our neighbourhood if they are approved to proceed as proposed.  The artistic image of 2639 Dundas Street West is deceptive, because each brick layer is actually two floors for a total of eight floors.  Proposed for 2720    Dundas Street West is a nine-storey building that also exceeds the six-storey height applicable in our twenty-metre Character Area and both of these redevelopment projects ignore an appropriate cornice line step-back at the third-storey.

A link to view the meeting agenda is:

Staff reports are available at: (2639 Dundas St W) and (2720 Dundas St W).

We need your help to avert the detrimental impact on our Character Area and future HCD.  Please consider attending to demonstrate your support, and perhaps to speak at 10:00 and 11:30 respectively.  Or write to the T&EYCC members to express your objections (two draft letters 2639 & 2720 are attached); the e-address is:, and the chair is Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

406-410 Keele Street project appealed to OMB

An OMB pre-hearing is scheduled on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10:00 for two properties at 406-410 Keele Street.  The redevelopment project was presented at a community meeting on 21 November 2017, and there were many unresolved issues noted in the staff report at that time.

The Junction HCD and supporters plan to attend to oppose this redevelopment proposal, because those significant issues listed in the preliminary staff report have not been resolved.

Please join us on the 16th Floor of 655 Bay Street in Toronto.

To follow the progress of this appeal hearing, please visit: case # PL171197.

2978 Dundas Street West revised plans

The developer of 2978-2988 Dundas Street West is hosting an Open House meeting on Wednesday, June 20th at 19:00 in the West Toronto Baptist Church.

Please plan to attend this informal presentation about the four properties at the northwest corner of Pacific Avenue.  These revised plans were        published on the city’s development application webpage as received in January 2018.

To review the application files, please visit:

The applicant will also be at the Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) meeting on      Wednesday, July 4th with a request for demolition and approval of this proposal.

The Open House and EYCC meeting are the last opportunities for the community to share their feedback and concerns about a redevelopment that will forever change the unique and historic streetscape of The Junction.

Please take a moment and write to Councillor Doucette at:      and Sarah Henstock, manager of community planning for Etobicoke York at:        

revised plans for 2720 Dundas Street West

Please plan to attend an important meeting on Tuesday, 5 June 2018 at 19:00 in the third floor staff room of Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School (1515 Bloor Street West) to ensure the revised redevelopment             application considered all of the concerns             expressed by the community in November 2017.

2720 Dundas Street West (at the northeast corner of Watkinson Avenue) is located in a known, future heritage district with a phase one heritage study that was approved by Council in January 2018.  It is a substantial assembly of properties, which includes a semi-detached house,        restaurant, and two other buildings with addresses from 2706 to 2722 Dundas Street West.     Demolition equipment is already on the site.

The revised architectural plans, transportation impact study and other reports are available at:

If you are unable to attend, please review the background documents and share your thoughts with Councillors Perks and Doucette, and the city’s planner Barry Brooks at: / /

pre-application community meeting

You are invited to attend a public meeting to make your views known.

Join us on Thursday, April 5th at 18:30 in the West Toronto    Baptist Church (3049 Dundas Street West) to learn about the concept for 2946-2968 Dundas Street West.

This redevelopment project combines three large properties –      the building on the north-east corner of Pacific Avenue, the train platform and a heritage building – and will forever change the    historic character of our Junction streetscape and future heritage conservation district.

2639 Dundas Street West community consultation

Join Councillor Perks and city planning staff on Wednesday, March 7th at 18:30 to learn more about the proposed         redevelopment project at the former Active Green & Ross    location.

The public consultation meeting is being held at Bishop      Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School      (1515 Bloor Street West) in the third floor staff room.

Local residents had an opportunity to attend a presentation with a preliminary concept for this location on 2 November 2017, and it will be interesting to know if these concerns were heard.

You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report that provides background information at:

If you are unable to attend, please share your comments with Carla Tsang.  Her contact details are included in the attached meeting notice.

it’s official

The Junction HCD was incorporated as a non-profit             organisation by the Ontario Historical Society on January 4th, 2018.

Official status will enable The Junction HCD to enhance its advocacy for reasonable redevelopment in the Junction      character area and future heritage conservation district (HCD), and to more effectively represent our community at Community Council and other civic committee meetings, and at Committee of Adjustment and Land Appeal Board (LAB) or Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearings.

The Constitution & Bylaws was approved at a special meeting on 10 October 2017, and the      following inaugural directors were chosen:

  • Tina Leslie, President
  • Corinne Flitton, Vice-President
  • Ken Sharratt, Secretary
  • Catherine Illingworth, Treasurer
  • Jim Baxter, Director-at-Large

These board members will serve until the first Annual Meeting, which will be held in 2019.