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February 2021 newsletter

Metrolinx rendering of Bayview & Eglinton intersection from the northwest
Metrolinx rendering of Bayview & Eglinton intersection from the northwest


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:

  1. 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);
  2. 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;
  3. 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".
  4. 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.

Bayview-Sutherland intersection, courtesy of Cycle Don Valley Midtown
Bayview-Sutherland intersection, courtesy of Cycle Don Valley Midtown


Bessborough speed camera results

The City issued 817 tickets for speeding on Bessborough between Field and Sharron during the first phase of its new Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices, which ran from July 6 to November 30, 2020. Across the city, 50 devices issued 53,090 tickets.

On December 1, the cameras moved to new locations, and will move periodically. Check out the map.

Bayview-Sutherland crossing

The LRA and Cycle Don Valley Midtown are writing to Councillor Jaye Robinson about a safer option for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between Leaside and Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

One idea raised by Cycle Don Valley Midtown is a signalized crossing at Bayview and Sutherland. If you have any thoughts on this proposal or how safety can otherwise be enhanced, please contact us.


The City is renewing CafeTO. Sidewalk cafes can start in April, and other cafes (in curb lanes, parklets, or parks) can start in May. We've received some thoughts about this. One LRA member writes:

"As we begin to see longer days, and can anticipate outdoor eating, I want to ask that however patios are established this year, they not impinge (any further) on public sidewalk space.

We will have to expect our needs to 'socially distance' will continue through spring, summer and likely fall. Therefore pedestrians ought to be afforded the full width of the public sidewalks especially in heavily trafficked areas... 

 If someone is to be inconvenienced by the establishment of patios, it ought to be the car traffic. Pandemic transmission is, I believe, rare between cars, but not so for pedestrians."

As always, you are encouraged to contact us and let us know your thoughts about any public space issues in and around Leaside.

Demolition of the Foundry
Demolition of the Foundry (January 2021), courtesy of Friends of the Foundry

Beyond the boundaries

The Foundry

Our neighbours downtown (including the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association and Friends of the Foundry) are trying to protect The Foundry.

Demolition began under a provincial Minister's Zoning Order but was judicially postponed, pending a hearing on February 26. Instead of demolition, here's what a renovated site could look like instead!

To support the preservation of The Foundry, you can donate online.

Don Mills Community Centre

Our neighbours in Don Mills (Don Mills Residents Inc.) have filed a lawsuit against the City for allegedly reneging on a deal to build a community centre in Don Mills Centre.

Bridge over CP rail line

The City plans to build a bridge over the CP rail line between the Don Mills trail and the new neighbourhood to the northwest of Don Mills and Eglinton. Check out the renderings and (rough) street plan.

E.T. Seton Park

The TRCA will hold an online information session on Thursday, February 25, at 6pm, about a major erosion risk management project in E.T. Seton Park.

Skating at Trace Manes Park, February 2021
Skating at Trace Manes Park, February 2021

Membership matters

Annual Meeting & Town Hall

Thank you to everyone who attended our first virtual Annual Meeting on January 27!

Thank you also to the guest speakers at the Town Hall: MP Rob Oliphant, Councillor Jaye Robinson, and TDSB Trustee Rachel Chernos Lin. (MPP Kathleen Wynne sent regrets due to a recent death in her family.)

We also thank Bonnie Byford Real Estate for their donation to cover part of the cost of the event.

Annual memberships for 2021

Please support the LRA by purchasing a 2021 membership. Annual membership is $30 (+$1 for online payment). Thank you to everyone who has purchased one so far.

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