We did not have quorum so no board business was conducted. We had presentations from guests only. No Minutes were taken.
MINUTES OF MEETING
held Tuesday, October 20, 2015 39 Parliament at 6:30 p.m.
1. WELCOME AND APPOINTMENT OF MINUTE TAKER
Phylis Coles, President, called the meeting to order at 6:37 p.m. assumed the Chair. With the consent of the meeting, Claudia Pardo, was appointed Recording Secretary for the meeting.
2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A MOTION was made by Julie Beddoes and seconded by Marien Breen to approve the Agenda. MOTION CARRIED.
3. MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 21st MEETING
A MOTION was made by Julie Beddoes and seconded by Ilda Caldwell to approve Minutes of the September 21st, 2015. MOTION CARRIED.
4.1 Treasurer’s Report – Sheila Iseman Opening bank balance Jan 1, 2015 $3,109.93 2015 Income $3,428.00 2015 Expenses $2,703.98 Bank Balance Oct 20, 2015 $3,833.95 Notes: Recent debits ($530.85, $71.00) include printing costs and coffee maker.
4.2 Membership Chair’s Report – Jose Castillo 196 members to date Reminder people who get their membership today, will be able to use it for the remainder of 2015 and all throughout 2016.
4.3 Communications – Salim Jamal & Parrish Offer – Working on branding and upgrading the Website to include all Development Committee Reports, District News, Minutes of Meetings; current material on main website page; make main website page clearer for people to go into the previous reports, Etc.
4.4 Development Committee – Julie Beddoes
- Julie Beddoes has mentioned that, with regards to the Ribbon Building project, current applied at 57 stories, there is a note regarding the community consultation in the Development Committee’s report.
- Development Committee report is now online at GWNA.CA The Development Committee met on Friday, October 16. Present: Keith Veira, Gobnait McAnoy, Michael Brewer, Jane Robinson, Bhavin Lad.
The Committee welcomed two new members, Michael Brewer and Bhavin Lad.
1. Meeting with City Staff re Cityscape application, 8 October 2015
Present: City: Henry Tang, Planner; Tom Davidson, Councillor's office
GWNA: Lester Brown, Jane Robinson, George Hume, Gobnait McAnoy, Julie Beddoes 3
(i).This was first of a series of informal meetings with committee as staff work continues. Next meeting will be in November after working hours with larger group to include members from each condo building.
(ii) Three applications are active: 60 Mill St.; 370 & 370R Cherry St., (ribbon building); 31R Parliament (triangle) This means that the original applications are still with the Planning Department unmodified but the applicant has not been taking further steps.
(iii). City Planning is preparing a list of goals, objectives and performance measures for the site as a whole to include heritage issues and pedestrian experience, scale and massing, which will be shared with us as soon as there's a complete draft.
(iv). There will be a new Official Plan Amendment (OPA) for the triangle to go to Council early next year based on item 2 -- but otherwise the list of Objectives etc. will have no statutory force.
(v). It’s not clear at this point what effect process toward HCD status will have on application process. Heritage staff are making a study of the area which will lead to recommendations.
(vi). Planning staff think tower is appropriate at 31R Parliament; committee members urged reduction in size of base building. There will be trade-offs between the height asked for and/or allowed on this building and proposal for 60 Mill. Committee members explained site problems at 60 Mill. (vii). Staff to meet with triangle owners; situation re: Cityzen purchase not clear.
(viii). A meeting open to the whole neighbourhood will be called when new plan(s), i.e. revised application(s) can be presented. If appropriate, a larger community working group will be formed when revised applications are evaluated.
2. Gardiner East EA: GWNA rep Jane Robinson will attend SAC meeting on 20 October. Three versions of the hybrid proposal are under consideration and evaluation criteria are being developed. We hope to learn if the two other proposals presented at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on September 22 will be subjected to the same analysis.
3. Villiers Island and Port Lands GWNA alternate rep J. Beddoes attended meeting of Villiers Island Precinct plan SAC on September 28. Concerns were expressed about the viability of the plan presented and a lack of a central vision. A new presentation will be prepared to clarify issues raised at the SAC. Development cannot proceed until Lower Don Flood protection is in place.
4. Ward Boundary Review, City Solid Waste Policy, First Gulf development on Unilever site The Development Committee believes that these ongoing issues are best left up to individuals to take any opportunity to participate that is offered. If and when there are significant developments or if issues of particular concern to the GWNA members arise, the Committee will report to the GWNA board and recommend any action considered useful.
5. Mill St. Renovation: Working group meeting postponed to 22 October to allow staff to draft possible solutions.
6. First Parliament Site (Delegates Lester Brown and Gobnait McAnoy): Working group has not met for many months. Gobnait McAnoy will inquire about reason for delay and report.
7. Committee record keeping - We discussed establishing on-line repository for Development Committee records independently of GWNA website. Bhavin will work with Julie on this.
4.5 Community Police Liaison Committe – Corinne Bryers - The Toronto Police has reminded residents that any call to the Police is never a “stupid” call. - Also the 51 Division police are running a clothing drive, donations can be made by dropping them off to the precinct at King and Parliament. More information will be distributed on this.
5. Guest speaker: Peter Zimmerman from DREAM He will be working with the phase 2 projects in the Canary District. He will provide an update of where we are at in regards to the West Don Lands.
Development timeline of Canary District:
Phase 1: 2005 - 2015
2005 – West Don Lands Precinct Plan
2009 – Toronto wins the bid for Pan Am Games
2011 – The Athlete’s Village construction begins
2015 – Pan Am Games 5 The Village has now been turned over to DREAM by the province.
They expect to finish in 2016 the “Phase 1 deliver” (affordable housing + some of the residential buildings). Completion is expected for April 2016. Same time at which the YMCA is expected to open.
Phase 2 (Post Games): 2016 - 2022
1,100 condominium units will be delivered plus 20,000 sf retail space.
- Block 16: It’s the first one to be developed. Located at the north side of Front St. They’re working on the final design of the building. It will house approximately 240 condominium units. Late 2016 or early 2017
- Block 12: Second building to be built. Very similar look and feel to the other buildings in the area. Other 350 condominiums and possibly a grocery store. Projected marketing is for fall 2016 or beginning of 2017 and occupancy is projected 4 years after.
- Block 13: Nestled in the area of Corktown Common. It will have in excess of 400 units. The intention is to organize a design competition and it will comply with the precinct plan, so it will not be a tower.
- Cherry St is already open
- All other roads will be open in March 2016. The roads are not open now because it’s still an active construction site. More work will be done on Cherry Street and a lane will be closed for it.
- Question from the public: installing traffic lights at Mill and Cherry
- They’ve worked with the City and Waterfront Toronto about guidelines on how to create a cohesive community and the same look and feel in all buildings of the area. The idea is to get a balanced design.
o The retail in the Canary District is curated and it’s part of a themed strategy: Health and Wellness. You’re not going to see large chains. Retailer’s include among others:
- First phase of the village was a big success and it was on budget
- Award winning community
- Enormous investment in the community
- They will be able to own and run the retail
Questions and observations:
- What are the height restrictions? R/12 to 15 stories with 9 feet interior space. 10 ft floor to floor. It’s not in the zoning but it’s in the project agreement with Waterfront Toronto.
- Peter Zimmerman from Dream has mentioned that when the phase 2 buildings start construction, Mill St. will not be affected since the phase 1 buildings will be occupied
- Ruth asked what the relationship of all the buildings being constructed and why are some coming up as part of the plan at a mid- to low- rise size? R/Dream is involved in the larger buildings, but has no plans to make any buildings shorter or guarantee sizing for future buildings
5. New businesses:
- Toronto Christmas Market:
o Looking for Volunteers. The forms are available from Phylis and later on, distributed via the listserv
o Toronto Christmas Market is selling tickets for the weekend this year at $5 per person. Keep this ticket and present it any restaurant in the Distillery in January and they will deduct the $5 from the cost of your meal.
o This year, TCM runs for a month, Nov 20 to Dec 20, 2015
- Angus Affleck introduced himself as Glen Murray’s constituency and outreach associate
- contact information to be posted to the listserv.
- Membership drive may happen next month
6. Next Meeting:
- Monday, November 16th, 2015 at 6:30PM
- Location: 80 Mill Street
- Guest speakers: Sarah Beldick from the YMCA and Brad Lepp from Soulpepper Theatre Company.
7. Meeting Closed Meeting closed at 8:00 p.m.
MINUTES OF MEETING held
Monday, September 21, 2015
70 Distillery Lane at 6:30 p.m.
Phylis Coles, President, called the meeting to order at 6:36 p.m. assumed the Chair. With the consent of the meeting, Claudia Pardo, was appointed Recording Secretary for the meeting.
2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
A MOTION was made by Julie Beddoes and seconded by Sheila Iseman to approve the Agenda. MOTION CARRIED.
3. MINUTES OF JULY 7th, JULY 13th and AUGUST 24TH MEETINGS
A MOTION was made by Sheila Iseman and seconded by Corinne Bryers to approve Minutes of the July 7t , July 13th and August 24th, 2015.MOTION CARRIED.
4.1 Treasurer’s Report – Sheila Iseman
Opening bank balance Jan 1, 2015 $3,109.93
2015 income $3,413.00
2015 expenses $2,100.18
Current Balance Sept. 21, 2015 $4,422.75
- Individual memberships 2015 & 2016 is $1,990
- 4 Corporate memberships $1,223
- NNO $200
A MOTION to approve Treasurer’s Report was made by Julie Beddoes and seconded by George Hume. MOTION CARRIED.
4.2 Membership Chair’s Report – Jose Castillo – Marien Breen
191 Members to date
4.3 Communications – Salim Jamal & Parrish Offer
Parrish Offer - 2015 to 2016 Communications Plan
- Demographics of the DD (excluding 390 Cherry St)
o Population size 1756
o Households with children: 47%
o # of households: 1164
o Rapid growth
§ About 3,500 as we approach 2023
§ Highly educated population
§ Half of the population has a university degree or higher. That means we need to be professional when we communicate.
· 1142 speak English
· 143 French
· 44 Czech
· 32 Spanish
o Communication Data. How do people consume data?
§ Varies depending on the age, but all of them favour the web to look for information in all age ranges.
§ Older generation still uses the newspaper
§ Younger tends to use more the web and social media
o General interest by age?
§ Younger population looks for discounts and social events
§ 35+ start getting interest for local politics, infrastructure developments and neighbourhood history.
o Communication Tools for GWNA
· We don’t have a physical location. We are an Association that gathers once a month and our website is pretty much our living location.
· Frequency: every 2 weeks
· Cross Promotion: needs to be included in all other mediums given the web is predominant in all age groups who look for information.
· More photos will be needed
§ District News:
· It needs to be cross promoted online, through the newsletters, meetings etc.
· We need more people to showcase what’s happening in this community.
§ Social Media:
· It’s well on its way
· Lester Brown is doing a great job in this regard.
· We need to create more conversations
§ List Serv/E-newsletter:
· Subject needs to get better as the subject is what calls attention from the audience
· Suggestion is to do a better job using the email and how the information gets to the audience.
§ GWNA App
· There’s an opportunity to reach an important demographic
· A physical message close to entrances welcoming people
o Communication priorities:
§ Templates – Due September
§ Website – Due October
§ Listserv – Due November
· Disable? Keep it?
· Create a new email distribution
· Promote informal communication by Facebook
§ New communication tools – Due December
· Create mobile Apps
· District News
- Importance of creating a vision/mission or statement that tells people what GWNA does and what the Association is here for.
“The GWNA is a unified voice that serves the interests and enhances the quality of life of all residents of the Distillery Historic District.”
- One common look – Brand Elements
o Working on a polished look to create a more consistent look
Phylis encourages people to send ideas to the Communications Committee to email@example.com.
- Minutes will be uploaded online and review all the information from the meetings there.
4.4 Development Committee – Julie Beddoes, Chair
1. Gardiner East EA: The City staff report on the three hybrid options (www.app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2015.PW7.3) will be discussed at the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee meeting on 22 September. No development committee member is available to make a deputation but the board may choose to write to PWIC. A recommended text is at the end of this report** Message may not reach Councillors before meeting.
[Added during meeting]
o GWNA Development Committee doesn’t have anyone to go to the public works meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, August 22nd) to depute about this subject.
o The intersection on Jarvis has been recognized by the City Transportation Services as the most dangerous intersection.
2. Cityscape application: Councillor McConnell will invite the development committee to meet with her and planning staff very soon. A public information session will be held when there is something of substance to report. A larger working group will be formed to work on a revised application. Its meetings will be open to the community.
3. Port lands and Villiers Island: Stakeholder and public meetings will be held over the next two months.
4. Ward boundary review: GWNA members urged to attend public meetings on this issue. Toronto & East York Community Council Area Meetings
- SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, Holy Rosary Church Hall
356 St Clair Ave W, Main Floor – Room 2 10 – 12 am
- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, Metro Hall
55 John St, Room308/309 7-9 pm
- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8, Riverdale Hub
1326 Gerrard St E, 3rd Floor - South Space (at Gerrard St E & Greenwood Ave) 7-9 pm
For information go to www.torontoist.com/2015/08/toronto-ward-boundary-review-a-primer/
5. City Solid Waste Policy: The Development Committee sees no reason for GWNA to intervene in this discussion. Keith Veira is willing to arrange a speaker to inform member condominiums that do not currently have compost facilities on how to get them if condo boards are interested. Condo reps on GWNA board are asked to take this back to their boards.
6. Mill St. renovation: Work has been delayed because of staff issues but interested City departments will soon have proposals to show to neighbourhood working group. It is recommended that the group include members of the development committee and that condos on Mill St. be included.
[Added during meeting]
o Renovation is restarting and we expect to have a working group meeting soon.
o We’ll have to decide about the composition of the working group.
o Concerns are pedestrian safety at Mill and Parliament. That’s priority.
7. First Gulf Public meeting: A public session on the proposed development on the former Unilever site will be held on October 1st.
8. First Parliament: Working group will be called together in late October.
** DRAFT LETTER TO PWIC re Gardiner East (the below letter has been emailed to them on September 20, 2015 so they would have it on time)
Mailing Address: 39 Parliament St., Box 101, Toronto, ON M5A 4R2
Website: www.gwna.ca Twitter: gwnatoronto
Facebook: Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association
September 20, 2015
To: City of Toronto Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
Dear Chair Robinson and Committee Members,
The Gooderham & Worts Neighbourhood Association urged last May that Council support the take-down option for the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway.
In accordance with Council instructions, the staff report before you only considers various options for a rebuilding of the expressway east of Cherry Street, none of which addresses the existing road in any way west of Cherry Street. We remind you that the environmental assessment terms of reference requires that it propose a solution for the highway starting at Jarvis Street.
We feel that if underside of the highway is made more attractive this requirement would not be fulfilled by any of the hybrid options it is proposed to study further. The intersection at Jarvis and Lakeshore is a dangerous nightmare for all types of traffic, including pedestrians, but with the Gardiner on and off ramps untouched, there’s not much that can be done to make it safer.
We ask you to consider more fully the quality of life for all the thousands who currently live along the Gardiner from Jarvis to Cherry, in the St. Lawrence and Distillery areas and who are presently subject to its noise and air pollution. As well, please give a thought to the quality of development that will be attracted to sites north of Queen’s Quay in the East Bay Front and Keating Channel West if the expressway were to be left as it is.
GOODERHAM & WORTS NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION
Tom Davidson, Constituency Assistant to Pam McConnell, Deputy Mayor & City Councillor Ward 28
- Gardiner report:
o We didn’t achieve the preferred alternative supported by our neighbourhood and Pam.
o We’re in an interim period in which there are designs being presented. There’s still a decision to be made in this regard.
- Mill St renovation:
o Mill St between Parliament and Cherry will be redone next year.
o Some emphasis has been placed on how to control and manage the vehicles that converge in the area (tourist buses, taxis, business vehicles, residents’ vehicles).
- Reopening of streets:
o Cherry St will be completely open at the end of September
o Mill St to Corktown Common: there’s still no confirmation about when this portion will be open as the Canary District (Athlete’s Village) developer is still using the area around to have access to finish the units inside.
- First Parliament Site:
o Master planning process will start next year.
Question: What’s the timeline for Mill St?
R/ It’s in the 2016 capital program, so it should be done any time between May to September 2016.
Observations from attendee:
- Pan Am Games are already over and there are still signs providing wrong information to drivers about how to drive around the area.
- On the north-west corner of Parliament Square Park there’s no grass. After it rains it gets muddy and it can be dangerous for people who walk or run in the area. It’s a tripping hazard.
4.5 Community Police Liaison Committe – Corinne Bryers
We’ve got great feedback about how the Pan Am Games were managed and sent an letter to the 51 Division for them to know how pleased the community was in this regard, and thanking them for an excellent job.
- Phylis also thanked the Distillery District security staff present at the meeting for the great job they did.
4.6 Social Committee – Hamida Hassanzada
- Still organizing the details of the Christmas meeting and another possible meeting before winter starts.
- Garage sale will be on May 14th, 2016 on Trinity & Mill Streets.
5. NEW BUSINESSES:
- Sheila Iseman asks if we include and invite other buildings east of the Distillery District to join the GWNA.
o Questions: Are we going to be competing with Corktown and do we want to?
§ Probably yes, but we’re able to do it.
· Penelope thinks it’s best if we focus on developing our own focus and actively co-operate with other associations. It might be better if the community in the West Don Lands create their own Association and focus on their own interests.
· George Hume proposes that we help them in building their community and their Association and give them the option to join us.
· Julie Beddoes’ opinion is that we have a tightly defined geographical area and that our interests might not even be the same as it happens with the Corktown NA. We have a coalition of committees of the West Don Lands that already work together wherever our interests overlap. There are about 13 representatives that meet every month.
· Keith Veira adds that we’re interwoven and maybe we can just advice and support in order for them to be successful.
· Penelope adds that we need to be careful about our relationship with Corktown as they claim Corktown is the whole area. There’s a very good relationship now with them and we need to be tactful, careful and make everybody feel involved.
- Christmas Market:
o Is the parking lot on Trinity available for that? R/ It’s an Infrastructure Ontario land when we have a round table we’re going to talk about how they are going to disperse the amount of people and how traffic is going to be handled.
- Development Committee:
o Julie Beddoes invites attendees to get in touch with her if anyone is interested in development issues. Next Monday evening at 7:00PM at 39 Parliament.
- George Hume:
o A few years ago there was a debate about the licensed terrace at Stirling Room and right now it seems to be extending far beyond what was authorized. George asks if anybody knows if it’s now an unlicensed terrace or that they’ve got a license to expand.
o Corinne had asked David about what the stipulation and control was and he said he would look into it. There will be a round table meeting this Thursday, we hope to have an answer from him in this regard.
11. Next Meeting:
- Tuesday October 20th at 39 Parliament St – 6:30 to 8:30PM. Entry code #182
- Guest speaker: Peter Zimmerman MES MCIP. He will update us about what’s happening on the undeveloped sites on the West Don Lands.
12. Meeting Closed
Meeting closed at 7:53 p.m.