June Newsletter

Happy June, everyone!

Higher building, less sunlight

Our big story this month is what’s happening with the development at 3180 Yonge Street. The developer Montcrest (formerly NYX) has announced it wants to make its proposed building four storeys higher – to 15 storeys.

Tim Jessop, VP of Development says the company plans to file a variance to the mediated settlement achieved between the developer, the City and residents (BPRO and LPRO) in November of 2022. Jessop says he believes the Nov 2022 settlement would represent “under-development” of the site. The proposed change is dramatic.

-11 to 15 stories (36% increase)
-115 to 153 units (33% increase)
-height including utilities from 42.5M to 54.65M (29% increase)
-Gross square footage from 12,000 to 15,922 (33% increase).

Members of BPRO and LRPO met with Jessop June 10. He shared the shadow studies and people on Woburn won’t be happy. Shadows would now fully cover housing on Woburn on both sides of the street in the morning as well as across Yonge and on to that side of the street in late afternoon (June). Jessop says the playground at Blessed Sacrament would not be affected.

Jessop showed us slides of the height increase as well as the shadow studies, but they won’t be available to send out until next week.

While we had concerns about the height, Jessop says buildings in other nearby areas (Bayview and Eglinton) are higher. He also says the units may be rental units rather than condos.

If you don’t like the sound of this you can reach out to Councillor Colle and/or his office to express your strong dislike of such a large change, and its impact on the neighbourhood (shadows, traffic, lack of park space to support this extra population).

BPRO is waiting for the official variance application and then will meet with other residents’ associations and the city.

And if you’re tired of looking at the black hoardings at 3180 pictured, you’ll get your chance to change that on Saturday June 22…..

on Saturday, June 22nd
Join us at 3180-3202 Yonge Street
from 11am to 2pm
Come and join the fun!
We are going to splatter paint the storefronts!
(Discover your inner Jackson Pollock)
Have your picture taken at the Instagram floral wall.

Children and adults welcome
Rain date: Sunday, June 23rd
Please Note: The gloves & coverups are latex free
and the paint is a latex/acrylic mix
Thanks to KLEINPAINT Upper Canada

Business Improvement Area

As we mentioned last month, money set aside for community benefits that have accrued from already approved developments add up to about $2 million. To have access to that money, Avenue Road needs a business improvement area.

Deputy Mayor Mike Colle hosted a public meeting at the Armour Heights Community Centre on May 21st as the next step to establish a Business Improvement Area (BIA) in Upper Avenue. The final vote was 32 to 9 in favour of advancing with the process.

Your job? Tell businesses you frequent on Avenue Road that you would like to see them support this. In turn, it will make Avenue Road a more attractive area

Farmer’s Market


There are some exciting new additions coming to the market that we would like to share with you!
BBQ – “Buncha Farmers” will be starting up a BBQ on Saturday June 15th! The menu items will include:
Sausage on a bun: $7.00
Jumbo Beef hot dog on a bun: $7.00
Peameal on a bun: $8.00
Soft drinks and water will also be available. SALES ARE CASH OR E-TRANSFER
“The Joy of Harvest” has joined the market and features a variety of jerk BBQ sauces, a selection of jams such as pineapple ginger, mango, wild blueberry, and strawberry. Be sure to check out their booth in the Loop area.

Market participation has been great! Thanks to all who come out each week. The vendors really appreciate return customers and have commented on how nice it is to build the relationships.

In the next two weeks, the Ontario produce list will continue to grow and includes:
Herbs – dill, cilantro, basil, mint. Peas, yellow and green beans, spinach, marrows, all types of lettuce, strawberries, garlic.

Reminder – The market is located in the Green P/Roe Bus Loop on Avenue Road and Old Orchard and runs 9-2 each Saturday – May through to October.

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