Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre
Monday, May 26, 2014
- Chair – Chris Walker
- Councillor Mike Layton
- Ashley Da Silva – Councillor Layton’s Office
- Paula Capela
- Ross Burnett
- Loise Schklar
- TC Sclocco
- Carolyn Wong (for part)
- Bjarne Peterson
- Craig Daniels
- Carol Craighead
Studio Bar: Councillor Mike Layton gave a summary of the current state of matters regarding Studio Bar, which continues to disrupt local residents, confirming that:
- The space is not a “restaurant”, but rather an “entertainment establishment”, contrary to zoning.
- The City is set to take them to the Municipal Court.
- MLS has been showing up on site.
- In a province-wide move, the AGCO threw out the conditions that were drafted by the City to protect residents.
- Was 1 of 8 bars invited to a meeting with Police, MLS, Coucillor and the AGCO. May & Hard Luck were also invited.
- 2 motions have been made by Council to have MLS meet with AGCO & Police.
MOCCA Development Application
- Development is now approved by City Council who negotiated a settlement with applicant
- City Staff supported the revised application
- 8 storeys with integrated mechanical penthouse
- Design meets 45 degree angular plane requirement at rear. Developer provided greater setbacks than initial application.
- Wider sidewalks are to be provided along Queen Street West frontage
- 10% three bedroom units are to be provided, but with a greater increase in Bachelor units as well
- Slightly smaller retail unit size (reduced from 9,0000sq ft to 8,000sq ft)
- One heritage (non-designated) building is to be demolished as part of redevelopment
- MOCCA will not remain on site.
- Concern from TBCA that this will set a precedent for 8 storey buildings along Queen Street West (which currently supports a 4 storey height limit) as well as for the demolition of older, established “character buildings” that define the neighbourhood. Also concerns with on-going consolidation of smaller parcels into larger “mega” development sites that can support larger condo developments while destroying the existing building fabric and streetscape.
West Queen West Area Study
- Currently in a queue to be undertaken by the City
- In longer term, outcomes of study may result in zoning by-law changes (height, density, etc)
- Not expected to be initiated this current year
- Heritage will be an element of the study
- Heritage building inventory is required for Queen Street West as part of this process
- Increasing filming in the neighbourhood is creating some problems
- Space demands for production vans is excessive and often beyond what they are allowed in their permits. Permit allows for 60 feet of coning.
- Crews are able to block streets for 24-48 hours prior to filming
- Production companies are not providing notification to neighbourhood
- Idea presented for production companies to provide a donation towards a for a “community improvement fund” when filming in the area. It was suggested that funds collected could go towards maintenance and upgrade of Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Queen Street West Sidewalk Repair
- Repair of sidewalk along Queen St W is scheduled to begin mid-June 2014.
- Work will repair numerous cuts in sidewalk and replace black asphalt with concrete.
- A new bylaw passed by City to allow food trucks on streets, but not in front of park, on residential streets or within 50 metres of established restaurants.
- Trucks can only park in one spot for a limited amount of time.
- Bylaw does not apply to ice cream trucks
- Councillor Layton is trying to introduce street names for all laneways in the area for safety benefits and community spirit
- An information booklet has been prepared by the Councillor and is available through his office
- Nominations can be sent to the Councillor`s office at adasilv2toronto.ca
- Volunteers needed to help flyer streets
Next TBCA Meeting is Monday July 28th, 7pm – 9pm
At the Trinity Bellwoods Recreation Centre,
PLEASE JOIN US!