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  • 14 Oct 2015 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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!

  • 22 Jul 2015 9:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ARA wishes to thank GEP Suits Inc. for their generous donation of $500! We ask film and television production companies to make a donation to the ARA In recognition of the inconvenience that filming can cause in our neighbourhoods.


  • 02 Jun 2015 7:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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, which was carried out by members of the ARA  and Cathy Nasmith, a highly respected Toronto heritage architect, under the guidance of Heritage Preservation Services, will finally go before the  City’s Preservation Board on July 28, 2015. Should it pass, then it will go before City Council. When approved, Madison will be regarded as the completed first 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 reports, click here: Part 1. and Part 2. and to the Heritage Preservation website at https://hcdtoronto.wordpress.com/category/uncategorized/



  • 13 May 2015 12:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rail Safety First Town Hall May 27th. Learn more about this important issue.


    Every day the movement of dangerous goods by rail through our communities puts Canadians at risk. The transport of crude by rail has increased by 28,000% since 2009 with little in the way of measures to protect public safety. The train that tragically derailed in Lac Megantic in July 2013 traveled through Toronto along the CP's Dupont rail corridor. 

    The Annex Residents’ Association has taken a lead role in forming Rail Safety First, a coalition of residents’ associations interested in the rail safety issue. Its goal is safe, transparent and accountable rail. Meeting details at 

  • 08 May 2015 11:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ARA May 14 Board Meeting: 7 p.m. at the Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road.

    All Welcome! 

  • 20 Apr 2015 8:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


     

    April 15, 2015

      


    Notice of Meeting 

    Annex Residents' Association Annual General Meeting 



    Time to Check in on the Health of the Annex


    The challenges never go away for the Annex or for the City at large.

    Come to the Annual General Meeting of the Annex Residents’ Association to take the pulse of your neighbourhood, and of the City we live in.

    Official business of the AGM:



    To receive financial statements for the year ending Dec 31     

    2014

    Elect directors for the coming year


    The keynote speaker will be an Annex resident, and Mayor of Toronto, John Tory. He will be talking about what he has learned in his first four months of office.

    Our councillor, Joe Cressy will also be there, to bring us up to speed on the two high rises being proposed for Bloor Street, that would burst through the limits and guidelines that make the Annex liveable.


    When:                April 30th,

    Time:                  7:30 p.m.

    Place:                 Friends’ Meeting House, 60 Lowther


    Join us to meet your neighbors and talk about the issues that affect the Annex.


    Micky Fraterman, Secretary

     


  • 01 Apr 2015 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Annex Residents' Association

    March 24, 2015


    New High-Rises Being Planned for Bloor Street


    The Annex Residents’ Association is alerting residents to a 42-storey high-rise being proposed for 316 Bloor Street, at the corner of Bloor and Madison.

    A second high-rise, which we anticipate to be more than 30 stories, is planned for the nearby site of the Bloor Street United Church

    These developments are the most important our community will be facing in a decade.

    The two high-rises would leave the Bloor Street Urban Design Guidelines in shambles. They were adopted by City Council to guide development on the Bloor Street corridor from Avenue Road to Bathurst Street.

    The developer of the 316 Bloor Street site, State Development Group, has filed a formal application for the 42-storey building, despite requests from community groups and the Councillor Joe Cressy to that it be delayed.

    Councillor Cressy is sponsoring a community consultation meeting where you can get more information from City planners and the developer and make your voice heard.

    Come out for this very important meeting.

    Day: Thursday April 2nd
    Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
    Place: Room SS1085, Sidney Smith Building, University of Toronto,
    100 St. George St.


    Hold the Date: April 30th - Mayor Tory Speaks to His Neighborhood

    The Mayor of Toronto will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Annual General Meeting of the Annex Residents’ Association.

    The Mayor’s speech, and the development pressures facing the neighbourhood, make this year’s meeting of the ARA a must for those interested in ensuring a healthy and thriving Annex.

    The ARA’s Annual General Meeting will be held on:

    Day: Thursday, April 30th
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Place: The Friends' Meeting House
    60 Lowther Ave.
    All welcome!



  • 17 Mar 2015 6:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The ARA welcomes the new residents of the Toronto Walmer Rd. Sprott YMCA Centre to the Annex.  For more information about the Sprott Centre and its residents click here.


  • 11 Mar 2015 3:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ARA Board Meeting, March 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Alliance Française, 24 Spadina Road. All Welcome!



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