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
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: http://www1.toronto.ca/City%20Of%20Toronto/City%20Planning/Community%20Planning/Files/pdf/H/Hon%20Eds%20Mirvish%20CM%20Boards%20Oct%207%202015.pdf
For more information please see the SVRA website: http://seatonvillage.ca/planning/honest-eds-mirvish-village-redevelopment/ and the City’s dedicated website for this proposal: http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=ee49bd13bd79e410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD&vgnextchannel=4b4452cc66061410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
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