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  • 21 Mar 2016 4:58 PM | Anonymous

    Dupont Corridor Public Meeting
    Date: Tuesday, March 22nd
    Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Church at
    823 Manning Avenue.

    For more information click here.

  • 26 Feb 2016 2:07 PM | Anonymous

    Huron Street Playground Improvements - Public Information Meeting, March 1 

    There is change of location for the Public Information Meeting on the Huron Street Playground Improvements.

    Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
    Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    Location:  Spadina Theatre, Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road, (n. of Bloor St.)

    The purpose of the meeting is to:

    • Discuss the proposed playground improvements
    • Discuss community needs and ideas, and
    • Highlight next steps
    City Staff and Councillor Cressy will be available to answer questions.
    Everyone is welcome!
    For more information, see flyer here.

     



  • 25 Feb 2016 5:59 PM | Anonymous

    Bloor Street Bike Lanes - Shaw Street to Avenue Road
    Second Drop-In Event

    Join us for a second Public Drop-In event where you can view the preferred design in detail and speak with the project team.  

    Date & Time: Wednesday, March 9, 2016 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Location: Trinity-St.Paul's United Church - Gym 
    427 Bloor Street West

    The City of Toronto is proposing a pilot project to install bike lanes on Bloor Street West between Shaw Street (east of Ossington Avenue) and Avenue Road. A pilot project will allow us to demonstrate and study the impacts and benefits of bike lanes on Bloor Street.

    There are various possible design options for bike lanes that are being considered. Learn more and provide your opinions at the public event and online.

    Local Councillors Mike Layton and Joe Cressy will be in attendance.

    For information materials or to subscribe to the project e-mail list to receive updates about project progress, survey invitations, consultation summaries and other opportunities for public input go to: toronto.ca/bloorbikelanes

     


  • 24 Feb 2016 11:28 AM | Anonymous


    Community Consultation Meeting
    Planning Application for: 342 -346 DAVENPORT ROAD

    The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

    Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

    Place:   Park-Hyatt Hotel, 4 Avenue Road

    More information 

  • 16 Feb 2016 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    March 10, 2016 ARA Board Meeting 7 p.m. at the Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road. All welcome!

  • 25 Jan 2016 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    January 25, 2016

     

     

    Developer pushing for new High-Rise in the Annex

    The Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) is troubled about the recent actions of State Building Group,the developer behind a 42 story mixed-use residential tower proposed for the north west corner of Bloor and Madison.

    After close to a year of negotiations with the City and three Residents’ Associations, State Building Group has abandoned community consultation and the City Planning process, and taken its application directly to the Ontario Municipal Board for approval.

    The ARA opposes the plans for 316 Bloor Street West because they ride roughshod over City-approved guidelines for development on Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Bathurst. These guidelines flow directly from the Bloor Street Vision Study, which was jointly developed by area residents, associations, cultural and educational institutions and the local BIA.

    Specifically:

    • The tower greatly exceeds the recommendations for height and mass for the “institutional” part of the Bloor Street corridor.
    • The proposal for 500+ very small units suggests a building with a large and transitory population that conflicts with the predominantly stable family base of the community.
    • Its imposing architecture and siting make it incompatible with the established heritage neighbourhoods tothe north and south. This is contrary to City policy.
    • The building offers no public amenities to offset the stress that such a large concentration of new residents would put on existing public amenities from parks to traffic to transit.

    We are keeping a close eye on 316 Bloor and will be sure to inform the Annex community of any new developments such as community meetings, responses from the City of Toronto, and the date for an OMB hearing.

    Approval by the OMB would be a precedent that would make it difficult to maintain the streetscape that is contemplated in the Bloor Visioning plan.

    More information from City Planning Staff can be found here

    See what Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy feels about the developer’s behaviour here

    Join the Annex Residents’ Association here



  • 16 Nov 2015 6:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Annex Residents' Association has been calling for safer cycling conditions on Bloor Street since passing its cycling policy in 2011. In January 2014 all five adjacent residents' associations, including Harbord Village, Huron-Sussex, Palmerston, Seaton Village, and Christie Pits joined the ARA in a letter to the City calling for a pilot bike lane on Bloor. Two years later, the city is now moving forward --- subject to a final vote at the Public Works Committee and City Council --- to install the pilot in the spring of 2016.

    This video by the ARA demonstrates the diversity of voices calling for safe cycling conditions on Bloor St. in our neighbourhood.


  • 02 Nov 2015 8:41 PM | Anonymous

    Two final ways to comment on the Options for New Ward Boundaries in Toronto.

    We want your feedback:
    • What option do you like the most?
    • What option do you really dislike?
    • What refinements would you suggest?


    Survey

    Fill out the Options Feedback Survey to tell us what you think about the 5 options for new ward boundaries. Please note the survey closes on November 15.
     

    Webinar - November 5th 

    Want more information? Have questions? Missed the public meetings? Attend a Webinar on November 5th, from 12pm - 1:30pm. The webinar will take you through the 5 options and rationale for each one.  Followed by a Q and A. More information. 

    Webinar link: https://meetingconnectsnh.adobeconnect.com/twbr

    Call in using a computer mic by clicking on the above link, or call via phone: 1-877-216-4736. Code: 373-452-9254.

    Let us know if you plan to attend by sending a quick email to: info@drawthelines.ca

    The Options 

    Read the Options Report or compare the Options with our Online Interactive Map
     

    What's next? Click here for information about the TWBR process and timeline.

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  • 14 Oct 2015 3:51 PM | Anonymous

    Madison Avenue is the Newest Heritage Conservation District in the Annex

    On September 30, 2015, City Council passed a motion to have Madison Avenue designated as a heritage conservation district.

    It has been a long ten years in the making. In 2004, in response to an initiative of the Annex Residents' Association, City Council passed a motion to permit the study of Madison Avenue with the objective of it becoming a heritage conservation district. The study was carried out by members of the ARA and Cathy Nasmith, a highly respected Toronto heritage architect, under the guidance of the City’s Heritage Preservation Services. Madison is the first completed phase of the West Annex Heritage Conservation District, which is projected to extend from east of Bathurst Street to Bedford Road. The first heritage conservation district in the Annex, designated in 1993, and one of the first in the city, is the East Annex. It extends from Bedford Road to Avenue Road, and Prince Arthur north to Dupont (excluding Dupont).

    To view the Madison Avenue reports, click here: Part 1 and Part 2 and to the Heritage Preservation website at https://hcdtoronto.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/.

    To view the report and study for the East Annex Conservation district, go to 

    http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=9386111c085e1410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD



    What is a Heritage Conservation District?

    In the words of the Heritage Preservation Services web pages of the City of Toronto website “The Ontario Heritage Act enables a municipality to designate the whole or any part of an area as a heritage conservation district. This allows City Council to administer guidelines designed to protect and enhance the special character of groups of properties in an area as redevelopment proceeds. The character is established by the overall heritage quality of buildings, streets and open spaces as seen together.”

    Madison Avenue, which would have been lost if the Spadina Expressway had been built, is considered important not only for the unique architectural styles of many of its buildings, but also because its original late 19th and early 20th century architecture is almost completely intact. Newer structures respected the massing and scale of the original buildings, making it a most attractive street. The originality of the architecture of 37 Madison inspired the stylistic term: Annex Style.

    With the intention of maintaining the heritage character of the streetscape, alterations to the façade or other exterior elements of the buildings in a heritage conservation district that are more complex than simple maintenance, must be studied and approved by Heritage Preservation Services. However, to help owners to maintain the authentic heritage attributes of their buildings, heritage grants and heritage tax rebates are available.

    To learn more about heritage conservation districts, the City’s Registry of Heritage Properties, and Heritage Preservation Services, visit http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=104752cc66061410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD.


  • 24 Aug 2015 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    Meet your Neighbours at the Annual Annex Corn Roast


    The Annex Residents' Association is inviting you to its annual end-of-summer corn roast at Jean Sibelius Park at 50 Kendal Ave. (Between Brunswick and Kendal, south of Dupont.) It's an informal event for the entire family, a chance to talk about Annex affairs, and an opportunity to reconnect with your neighbours after the summer. So come and join us on Sunday, September 20, from 4 - 6 p.m. rain or shine, for free corn and non-alcoholic refreshments. And bring your family!

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