St. Jamestown North Development Proposal.
After attending the Community Consultation Meeting on November 7th at St. Simon's on Bloor St. E. I have the following concerns regarding the proposed development.
1. Although the consideration
of privately owned, public space seems on the surface to be a move in
the right direction, I have reservations around the security and upkeep ...of
the space and if it will indeed be seen by the general public to be
that of a regular park, or would the condo security personnel be
employed to limit public accessibility and usage? Would local residents
be able to walk dogs there? Would they have access in the evening or
2. The idea of the double row of trees along
Howard and Bloor streets seems initially impressive, however, I have
concerns regarding who would ultimately be responsible for the care and
maintenance of these trees? Would the condo corporation, or would the
cost be transferred to general taxpayers? If it is the latter, when
would such a transfer of responsibility take place?
3. I have
concerns with the current and future state of the Glen Road TTC
entrance, which by most accounts is unsafe and dangerous. Does the
development proposal include and security improvements for this TTC
access point? How would the TTC handle the increase in ridership that
would undoubtedly occur?
4. There seems to be no consideration
for alternative housing options such as rent to own, or subsidized
housing. In fact, the only mention of anything for the community was one
space that "could be used for the community". I feel this is a missed
opportunity. This development is a great opportunity to bridge the
neighborhoods of Rosedale and St. Jamestown and is missing the mark.
5. I would like to see this development incorporate an higher than
normal number of 2 and 3 bedroom units in order to encourage families to
live within the development.
6. With regards to height
concerns, I am STRONGLY opposed to the current proposed tower heights
of; 48, 49, 43 and 53 stories. The current zoning does not allow for
structures of this height, in fact, the current zoning doesn't allow for
the height of the proposed podium along Howard St. (see image above). I do believe there is
a place for population intensification, however, the current proposal
is far to outlandish and unacceptable. I propose the tallest tower
should be no more that 25 stories. I'm also concerned with the effects
the current proposal would have on wind and sunlight in the area.
7. I am concerned with the proposed demolition of 76 Howard St. and
would be opposed to this facet of the proposal. I would like to see this
building utilized and possibly moved, if necessary.
is much concern with the construction process with regards to
security, cleanliness, noise and potential damage to existing
structures in the neighborhood.
9. Finally, what I have seen of the general designs
so far is uninspired, boring, tedius and considering Lanterra Development's record,