City Planning presented this report at the July 4th session of the Toronto and Easy York Community Council. It documents issues the City, local residents, TDSB (Toronto District School Board), Brant Street School admin and parents have voiced about this development over the past two months. The report was adopted without amendment and will proceed to City Council at its July 23rd session.
Since the April 30th Community Consultation Meeting, the Brant Street School and its parents have formed a strong advocacy group. They hosted a meeting at the School property on the morning of June 15th to which the Developers (Allied and Great Gulf), City Planning, the TDSB (Toronto District School Board), and GDNA representatives were invited to meet with the Principal, teachers, parents and LOTS of children.
We did a walkabout both inside and outside the school with discussions about light and greenery. But the highlight of the meeting was a presentation by the children who had built models of what was being proposed and then various models of what they thought would be preferable solutions … complete with a high powered lamp which could be raised up and down on a pole (thereby changing the light’s angle) to represent different seasons and time of day and thus to demonstrate the effect of shadow on each of their options.
One of the parents involved was also a contributor to NOW magazine … and this is her description of that same June 15th meeting.
At the Community Consultation Meeting on April 30th, it was no surprise that the issue of height was raised, especially by local residents who are suffering from a case of deja vu. In 2009 a proposal for this site appealed to the OMB and won ... read the decision document here. Those plans were subsequently scrapped and this new application has been submitted to the City for approval. The original proposal in question saw an 8-storey (33.6 m) structure on the 544 King site and a 9-storey (36.8 m) structure on the 1-7 Morrison site. The new application now incorporates properties 540 and 544 King as well as 1, 7, and 9 Morrison and rises to 12 storeys (48.65 m).
Another contingent of local residents were vocal about the chaos that would result from all the activity planned for Morrison Street, even now a traffic nightmare. Citing the added burden of service and passenger vehicles accessing this large site, the GPS-driven activity from e-commerce and ride-hail services to a residential address off Morrison, and the intersection of Morrison with Adelaide at a bike lane, those familiar with the area predict that existing plans will result in disaster.
When: April 30th at 7:30 PM
Where: Metro Hall, John Street, Room 308
Click here to access information contained in the flyer.
To preview information (including planning rationale and architectural drawings) on this proposal, take the sidebar exit to "Supporting Documentation".
This session will follow an earlier meeting to introduce a development proposal for 96 Spadina.
Back in 2016, we heard some buzz about a proposal for the NW corner of King and Brant … the site that currently houses Pizza Pizza and the Early Mercy Night Club.
Well, scrap that proposal and have a peek at what is replacing it. Access the “Supporting Documentation” link found on our website at https://www.gdnatoronto.org/544-king
An amalgamated site comprising 540 & 544 King West, 1 & 7 & 9 Morrison … winding around Belfast Love and Jacob’s & Co Steakhouse and the Brant Street Alternative School … extending all the way to just behind Rotblott’s on Adelaide.
Definitely one to keep our eyes on.
No application yet for this site on the north-west corner of King and Brant.
But UrbanToronto.ca has started a conversation: