High-rise at Bayview & Eglinton?
Eviction notices have been sent to the residents of 1783-1785 Bayview, the northernmost of ten quadruplexes on Bayview between Eglinton and Parkhurst ("Talbot Quads"). Metrolinx owns this property.
The LRA is concerned for several reasons:
- Forced dislocation of tenants in a pandemic, though we understand that moving and housing assistance will be provided, with a June departure date (i.e. not in the winter);
- The property to the south (1779-1781 Bayview) is owned by a developer (Condor), and we understand that Metrolinx is selling the building to it;
- The property to the north - Leaside Station - is built to enable future development above it, namely "additional structural supports ... and a layout that allows the entrance to remain operational during any potential high-rise construction".
- Municipally, the property is zoned for 4 storeys. However, the province is frequently using Minister's Zoning Orders (MZOs), which circumvent local planning decisions (as with The Foundry - see below).
We are urgently seeking to clarify intentions for this site, specifically the possible use of an MZO to build a high-rise. Please stay tuned: we may need to appeal to YOU for support in the very near future.
The LRA opposes the construction of high-rises on Bayview and instead supports appropriate development on Leaside's arterials and the preservation of heritage-designated buidings such as the Talbot Quads.
More generally, the LRA supports reforming and optimizing local planning processes and opposes MZOs in all but extraordinary circumstances, such as those with province-wide implications.
Laird in Focus
Developers have appealed two elements of the plan approved by City Council in November 2019 in order to:
- Increase heights for 943-963 Eglinton (i.e. the block between Eglinton, Laird, Vanderhoof, and Aerodrome), above 16 storeys;
- Reduce the 3-metre building setback for 126-132 and 134 Laird (i.e. the properties to the south and north of Stickney).
The LRA has filed as a party in both appeals. Many residents in the area are also filing as participants.
The LRA opposes the developer's attempt to exceed the proposed height maximum for reasons of shadowing and traffic.
The LRA also supports animated, vibrant, and walkable streetscapes and opposes attempts to shrink the building setbacks.
North York Community Council will consider the application for 1466-1500 Bayview (Valumart site) on March 1. (Thanks to the South Bayview Bulldog for this tip.)
The LRA also expects applications soon for:
- 1837-1845 Bayview (i.e. the houses on the east side of Bayview just south of Broadway);
- 1740 Bayview and possibly neighbouring properties, for a seniors' home or long-term care facility).
Holland Bloorview renovation
Holland Bloorview is renovating its research institute (Bloorview Research Institute) until October. The renovation is internal and will occur on the southwest side of the hospital. The LRA understands that there will be no road closures or impacts on street parking.
The LRA supports Holland Bloorview's mission to be a world leader in childhood disability research.