Are these the Bloor West Village Condos You Want?

TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE. RECOGNIZE IT? LIKE IT?

IT IS WHAT THIS NEIGHBOURHOOD IS ABOUT TO BECOME…

UNLESS WE STOP IT. WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Phase I is upon us. The billboards are up. The marketing office is open. It’s called simply ‘The High Park’, but there is nothing simple about it: 11+ stories and 108 units. A slick showroom for this “boutique” condo now sits on Bloor St. near the Public Library. Registration has started even though the building planned for 1990 Bloor has YET TO BE APPROVED for construction.

But, it WILL be built if our community fails to team up with the City to demand it be reduced.

And if we don’t, it’ll only be the beginning. The developer, North Drive Investments, has already applied to build Phase 2, another 10+ storey at 2114 Bloor West. That’s the one in red above. The yellow sites are properties NDI’s planning consultants have identified as ripe for future high-rise redevelopment.

IS THIS THE BLOOR WEST VILLAGE YOU WANT?

This can be changed but we have to act now. Even though the City’s planning department opposes the size of the building, the OMB has the final say. That is where the battle must be fought. Please help us fight. The Bloor West Village Residents Association and the Save Our Village coalition need you to make a donation NOW. The funds will be used to hire a lawyer and a planner to defend the character of Bloor West Village at the OMB.

What is the “The High Park” condo?

 

North Drive Investments is asking the OMB for exceptional zoning at 1990 Bloor West, at the High Park TTC stop (West entrance). At 11+ stories this is 4 stories over the maximum defined in Bloor West Village by the City’s zoning guidelines. The City planning department, the Councillor and residents agree it’s far too high and big for the small site. Rather than compromise, NDI has gone to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and hearings begin in May.

But, don’t believe NDI’s billboards:
it is not a done deal. A growing coalition of residents is fast mobilizing to reduce it and defend the Village’s scale and character.

It just needs you.

Some say “this is nowhere near my place.” But, the precedent counts. If this height is granted in Bloor West Village, then the City will have no grounds to turn down NDI’s second building – or refuse the other applications that will follow. The “Village” will become a canyon of high rises.

City Council can’t just say “no”

The image on the reverse shows just some of the so-called “soft sites”. Imagine it – the No Frills lot, the Turner & Porter site, the Tim Horton’s location next to the library, the McDonald’s at Runnymede – all with 10+ storey buildings. How close are those sites to your home?

HOW TO HELP

The BWVRA’s Save Our Village Fund is now active and needs you. Consider the impact the “canyon” effect would have on you, your home, the Village’s character and your enjoyment of them. Consider the existing strain on schools, daycare, parking, and public transit. Would you give up the price of a movie, of a dinner out, even more to get responsible development?

We’re raising money to hire a lawyer and urban planner to present our case to the OMB. We’ve made a good start. But this is a costly and technical process. Volunteers have already donated a lot of time to prepare this campaign and we have raised $6,000 so far. Please add your support.