SLNA News - December 10, 2020
yongeTomorrow Consultation Report
The following is from the City of Toronto's yongeTomorrow Initiative:
The third and final round of public consultation took place from September 2, 2020, to October 6, 2020, with a virtual public meeting held on September 16, 2020.
Questions and Answers received during the virtual meeting and the Round #3 Consultation Report are now available at toronto.ca/yongeTOmorrow.
Overall Feedback on Recommended Design ConceptA range of feedback has been received from different stakeholders:
Some participants were concerned about the level of confusion for all road users as the road operation changes from block to block. There was support for a more consistent operation throughout the focus area to reduce confusion for road users. SAG participants in particular noted that their priorities for yongeTOmorrow (e.g. improving pedestrian and cycling experience and vehicle access for businesses) had not changed given COVID-19. Business stakeholders expressed ongoing concern about the economic impacts of removing daytime vehicular access on sections of Yonge Street.
To learn more about what people said about the pedestrian and cycling experience, vehicle access, space for patios and street retail as well as space to festivals and events, visit the Past Consultation section on the project web page.
Review the Feedback
Staff Report to Committee of Council in Early 2021
Our next step in this study is to report to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC) of City Council with a staff report outlining the study recommendations and a request to proceed with a 30-day public review for the study report. Originally scheduled for December 2020, the yongeTOmorrow report will be presented at the committee meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021.
A copy of the staff report will be made available on the Toronto City Council and Committees Meetings, Agendas and Minutes (TMMIS) web page with a link also provided on the yongeTOmorrow web page.
How to Participate
The IEC will meet to discuss the staff report, hear from the public and make recommendations to City Council. Once the Committee agenda is published one week prior to the meeting date, members of the public can arrange to speak or submit comments to the Committee by contacting the Committee Clerk or IEC web page.
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Sir Walter Scott Christmas
By Bruce Bell
In 1845, on the NW corner of Church and Wellington once stood the Wellington Hotel (now the site of the Works Burgers).
It was a three story wooden colonial style building that had verandas on the 2nd and 3rd floors and was quite the fashionable place.
One of the reasons for its success, was the hotel's owner Russell Inglis who as a boy while working in a restaurant in Scotland, Inglis waited on novelist Sir Walter Scott of Ivanhoe fame.
Inglis would often retell conversations he had with the famed writer to his enthralled patrons as they sat by the fire in his hotel.
Every Christmas Eve, Inglis would read Sir Walter Scott's epic poem Marmion about the Battle of Flodden published in 1808.
"Heap on more wood! – the wind is chill;
But let it whistle as it will,
We’ll keep our Christmas merry still.
Each age has deem’d the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer".
So there they sat the early residence of our neighbourhood, by a roaring fire, with the snow coming down, on a Christmas Eve on the corner of Church and Wellington as Inglis's read from his favorite Christmas poem.
When Russell Inglis died in 1860 his Wellington Hotel was demolished and replaced with one of the most sophisticated and luxurious buildings in the city, the new headquarters for the Bank of Toronto.
Eventually in 1962 the grand Bank of Toronto building too was demolished and replaced with a smaller TD Bank built of steel and glass in the then all-the-rage International Style.
In 1998 the little bank was converted into a Pizza-Pizza franchise, then a few years ago the present Works Burger Restaurant moved in.
Today every time I find myself standing on the NW corner of Wellington and Church I can hear the ghostly echo of Russell Inglis voice quoting the final lines of Walter Scott's epic poem:
‘Twas Christmas broach’d the mightiest ale;
‘Twas Christmas told the merriest tale"
Local Business Highlight: Cafe Nicole
Café Nicole (at 45 The Esplanade in the Novotel Hotel) is pleased to share that we are offering Weekend Dinner Specials, the Chef will be designing a menu every weekend for a change from our everyday Café Nicole Menu. We have some delicious options coming for the next two weekends. Please see attached photo for your Newsletter, Weekend dinners are available to order on cafenicole.ca and can be picked up on Saturday and Sunday Nights from between 4-6pm. We will also be offering our Friday Night Fish & Chips as we know it’s a favourite, and we are also available on Skip the Dishes, Ritual and Uber Eats
Lastly, we have you covered for the Holidays! We are offering a four course meal for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for $49 a person, and with the purchase of 3 meals or more we will include a bottle of wine. For New Year’s Eve we have a lovely three course meal which includes sparkling wine and party favours for $59. On New Year’s Day, you can pick up Brunch for Café Nicole! Your choice of Entrée and a make your own cocktail included for $24. Order all of our special offerings at cafenicole.ca
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Planning Applications for 49 Ontario Street and
429-455 Richmond St. East, 69 and 75 Ontario St.
Online session - Register to attend
Date and time: Monday, December 14, 2020 6:30 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Description: This Community Consultation Meeting will include two separate planning applications which are located within the same block bounded by Richmond Street East to the north, Adelaide Street East to the south, Ontario Street to the west, and Berkeley Street to the east. A summary of the two proposals is provided below.
49 Ontario Street
City Planning Division has received an application to amend the Zoning By-law to permit a mixed use development consisting of 3 towers: 12-storeys (46.95 metres), 36-storeys (127.0 metres) and 29-storeys (104.4 metres) atop a shared base building. The development would contain 13,138 square metres of office, 643 square metres of retail uses, and 881 dwelling units. A mid-block connection between Ontario Street and Berkeley Street is proposed between the 12-storey building and the towers. The proposed development would have a total gross floor area of 66,025 square metres, which would result in a Floor Space Index of 10.91 times the area of the lands. The application proposes 202 vehicular parking spaces and 947 bicycle parking spaces.
You can view the submitted plans and reports online at: http://aic.to/49OntarioSt
You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2020/te/bgrd/backgroundfile-141195.pdf
429-455 Richmond Street East, 69 and 75 Ontario Street
City Planning Division has received an application to amend the Zoning By-law to permit a 35-storey mixed use building with an overall height of 113.85 metres containing 384 square metres of retail uses and 251 dwelling units. The proposed development would have a total gross floor area of 16,816 square metres, which would result in a Floor Space Index of 15.19 times the area of the lands. The application proposes 58 vehicular parking spaces and 260 bicycle parking spaces.
You can view the submitted plans and reports online at: https://aic.to/75OntarioSt
You can view a copy of the Preliminary Report providing background information at:
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