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November 2020 newsletter

Quadrangle for Gairloch Developments (2020), rendering of 1718-1734 Bayview

Planning


Mid-rises on Bayview...

A new development is proposed for 1718-1734 Bayview: a 9-storey (31.3m) mixed-use building with 123 residential units and at-grade retail, mid-block between Eglinton and Soudan. The City is hosting a virtual public consultation tonight (Thursday November 12), 7pm-9pm. Login details are on our website.

The LRA is not opposed to all mid-rise developments, but has the following concerns here:

  • Motor vehicles would access the site via Bayview, with implications for pedestrian and cyclist safety;
  • Two semi-detached houses would be split in two (i.e. 1736 Bayview would remain standing, as in this photo), affecting the streetscape;
  • Shadowing would be too significant;
  • The development would be too tall, particularly as this part of Bayview is uphill from the intersection with Eglinton.
The LRA is advocating for a comprehensive whole-block strategy, given the prominence of this block and its proximity to the future Leaside station, rather than a piecemeal approach. Check out our letter to the city about this development.
 

... and on Laird

Developments on Laird are no less ambitious. The latest are plans for 126-132 Laird and 134 Laird, just north and south of Stickney Ave (formerly Markham Ave until its renaming in 2016 to honour the late David Stickney).

The LRA has sent letters to the City for 126-132 and 134 Laird. As with Bayview, the LRA is not opposed to all mid-rise developments, but in this case questions the live/work arrangements proposed for the street facing grade level, the density, the impacts on rear neighbours on Randolph, and the unambitious environmental standards. A group of concerned neighbours on Randolph has also put together a presentation that's worth checking out.
 

TLAB and CoA

The LRA actively monitors all Toronto Local Appeal Body and Committee of Adjustment applications for properties in Leaside. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

Photo of a curb extension in Leaside
Example of curb extension, The Centre for Active Transportation

Transport


Speed cameras

The speed camera on Bessborough between Field and Sharron has been removed as part of a planned rotation. The list of new locations is available on the city's website.

The LRA supports the deployment of speed cameras, in particular on arterials (e.g. Eglinton, Bayview, Laird) where motor vehicles come into close proximity to pedestrians and cyclists. The LRA is not opposed to speed cameras on non-arterials, but would like to see them complemented with physical calming measures to match the new 30km/h speed limits, such as curb extensions.

For more information about traffic calming, check out the City's guide.
 

Commercial boulevard parking

The City recently released a report on commercial boulevard parking (i.e. parking spaces on city-owned property that are designated for specific commercial buildings), including a list of legal and illegal spaces. There are multiple illegal spaces in Leaside, primarily in or near Laird.

The LRA's view is that illegal spaces should be eliminated, either by converting them into other uses (e.g. green spaces), or by legalizing them via the planning process, and will work with the City to achieve this.
 

Metrolinx in the Don Valley

Metrolinx intends to electrify part of the Richmond Hill GO line (i.e. the route through the Don Valley) from Union Station to Pottery Rd. It also intends to build a layover facility on the east side of the Don River near the Prince Edward Viaduct.

The stated purpose for these activities is to relieve congestion at Union Station. How? This part of Richmond Hill line and the layover facility will be used to store and turn back trains from across the GO network. There is no discussion, at present, of electrification north of Pottery Rd or grade separation at the junction of the GO line and Pottery Road.

The LRA views the Don Valley as a important environmental asset, supports the creation of the Don River Valley Park, and press for mitigation and compensation in the form of public benefits if these projects are to go ahead.

John Boyd (1929), Leaside Aerodrome, courtesy of Toronto History
John Boyd (1929), Leaside Aerodrome, courtesy of Toronto History (Creative Commons licence)

Community


Leaside Aerodrome

In case you missed it, BlogTO recently published an article about the history of the Leaside Aerodrome. (For further reading, check out Leaside Life's article in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Aerodrome.)
 

BigArtTO

There's still time to see the outdoor art installation, "The Barn That Love Built", by artist Cody Punter. It's on display at Leaside Memorial Gardens until November 14, 5:30pm-8:30pm, as part of the City's BigArtTO initiative.
 

Membership matters


Annual Meeting

Due to COVID-19, the LRA's 2020 Annual Meeting will be held virtually in early 2021. Details will be shared shortly.
 

Annual memberships for 2021

Support your residents' association by renewing or purchasing your individual annual membership for 2021. You can go to our website and click "Join the LRA" on the right-hand side. Or complete a paper form and mail it with a cheque. Annual membership is $30 (+$1 for online payment).
 

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