held Tuesday, October 20, 2015 39 Parliament at 6:30 p.m.
- Phylis Coles (President)
- Salim Jamal (Vice-President)
- Claudia Pardo (Secretary)
- Hamida Hassanzada (Social Committee Chair)
- Julie Beddoes (Development Committee)
- Corinne Bryers (Representative for 70 Mill Street)
- Marien Breen (Representative for 80 Mill Street)
- Ilda Caldwell (Representative for 70 Distillery Ln)
- Jose Castillo (Membership Chair & 390 Cherry Street Representative)
- Ken Yim (33 Mill Street Representative)
- Lester Brown (Past President)
- Parrish Offer (Director at Large)
- Keith Veira (Director at Large)
- Sheila Iseman (Treasurer)
- Susan Kushneryk
- George Hume (Representative for 39 Parliament)
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:
- Running room
- Think fitness (Training studio)
- Fuel Plus (Fuel +)
- Dark Horse Cafe
- Pizza e Pazzi
- 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.