Monthly Archives: November 2015

4 Corners Bathurst and Bloor: Open Community Meeting Saturday November 28th, 2015

Bathurst-Bloor Special Study

Community Consultation (Four Corners meeting Saturday November 28, 2015

The 4-Corners Study

In August 2014, City Council directed City Planning Staff to study the area around intersection of Bloor Street West and Bathurst Street. The Study will result in policies to guide the development of the area. These policies will apply to the Honest Ed’s / Mirvish Village application and any future area development applications.

Policies will address the following: Built Form Open Space Heritage Conservation Land Use The Public Realm

A final report on the Four Corners Study, including recommended Official Plan Amendments, will be before Council for consideration in early 2016.

The Mirvish Village / Honest Ed’s site development applications are being reviewed within the context of this study and the progress of the study is informing the review of the Honest Ed’s / Mirvish Village Application.

Before making recommendations to City Council on the 4 Corners Study, City Planning staff will host another community meeting Saturday November 28th, 2015



The City is holding a community consultation where you can learn more about the Bathurst-Bloor 4 Corners Study, ask questions, speak with City Planning staff, and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Date:   Saturday, November 28, 2015 
Place:  Bickford Centre Cafeteria located at 777 Bloor Street West
Time:  You are invited to drop in to 1 of the below sessions beginning at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.:

Session 1                    Session 2 

Open house:             1:00 p.m.                    2:30 p.m.
Presentation:           1:15 p.m.                      2:45 p.m.
Questions:                1:45 p.m.                      3:15 p.m.
End:                           2:30 p.m.                     4:00 p.m.

This meeting is an opportunity to provide your input into draft policy on built form, heritage, the public realm, movement, and land use. 

If you cannot attend this meeting and would like to participate, please check the study website after the meeting to review the materials presented and provide your comments.

Comments will be reviewed up to January 31, 2016.

This area-specific study will create a vision and ultimately policy for the Bathurst-Bloor four corners area including but not limited to recommendations for achieving public realm improvements, pedestrian and cycling connections,heritage conservation, open space, new parks, the relationship of transit stations with their surroundings,built form, a full range of residential unit sizes and affordability and land use.

Bathurst Land Use and Built Form Study

City Planning recommended draft Official Plan policy to implement the Built Form and Land Use Study on August 12, 2014.

Community Council approved the report’s recommendations, with amendments. For more information, please see  the Toronto and East York Community Council decision:

and the Final Staff Report and draft Official Plan Amendment:

At the June 17 Toronto and East York Community Council meeting, Community Council approved City Planning’s recommended changes to the zoning by-law for retail and service uses based on the Built Form and Land Use Study analysis and on the Retail Study.

The Community Council decision and the staff report are available here: 

View this presentation to find out more about City Planning’s recommendations for the draft zoning by-law anddraft Official Plan Policy. City Planning recommended draft Official Plan policy to implement the Built Form and Land Use Study.


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SVRA AGM Meeting – Please join us to discuss the Honest Ed’s Mirvish Village Redevelopment + Neighbourhood Visioning

We are pleased to announce the HIGHLY anticipated SVRA AGM!


Date: Wednesday December 2, 2015

Location: Palmerston Ave Public School library

734 Palmerston Ave

Open house 6:00 – 7:00pm

Meeting start time 7:00 – 8:30pm


Please come meet SVRA committee members, Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy and staff, and special guest Graig Uens, City Planner and Planner overseeing the Westbank redevelopment proposal for the Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village site.


Come learn more about the proposal, discuss it with members of the community-based Mirvish Village Task Group (MVTG) and share your thoughts about the proposal with Graig, Councillor Cressy, the SVRA and your community members.


Honest Ed’s Mirvish Village Redevelopment


Honest Ed's Union Square

Imagine the site – and adjacent neighbourhood – with the actual 29 – 16 storey buildings in place  


Westbank based its concept on Union Square and uses images of Union Square in its promotional material, as pictured above, but is proposing something much larger and more complex within a vastly different context than Union Square.


Westbank and architect Gregory Henriquez are borrowing from NYC’s Union Square to inform the redevelopment proposal for Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village. This is what the site would look like with those buildings superimposed onto the precinct from Bathurst – Markham Sts and Bloor to Lennox Sts…..Union Square buildings are significantly lower than Westbank’s proposal , however, so now add 15 more storeys to the corner of Bathurst and Bloor and almost 10 more to all the other buildings. Next add in the proposed buildings on the west side of Markham and then south on Lennox S. Hard to imagine?  Well, now imagine all this from ground level.

Aside from built form, other issues to consider include traffic and transportation, site access, heritage, green space and trees, public realm/ space, appropriation of public roads and laneways, climate, sun and shadow impacts plus the Wish List items: affordable housing, the marketplace, daycare, geothermal benefit…etc


Have a look here for the City’s 3D sketch of the proposal:


For more information please see the SVRA website  and the City’s dedicated website for this proposal:



Neighbourhood Vision Plan


The SVRA is developing a neighbourhood Visioning plan.  We are looking for community members interested in participating on this.


So that we may play an active and positive role in shaping the future of our neighbourhood, we need to articulate the values that make this neighbourhood an attractive and vibrant place in which to live. A vision for the neighbourhood is an essential basis for negotiations with the city and developers, however large or small. Furthermore, the proposed changes in the municipal approval process for development assume a neighbourhood vision that reflects the collective values of the community.


Everyone welcome to join the discussion and to learn more about this initiative.


Also on the Agenda is:

  • Committee updates: Lane Naming, Park, Treasurer’s Report
  • Elections: the SVRA is looking for community members interested in participating with community planning issues, traffic and safety, friends of Vermont Square Park (people and 4-legged friends), website development and communications plus community-building SOCIAL events


Light refreshments will be served

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