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Letter Campaign: Estonian House Site Development

Dear CHCTRA neighbours and friends,

For years, Chester Hill, Cambridge and Thorncliffe residents have told us to support mid-rise development on Broadview and to oppose new high-rise development.

We now urgently need your help to oppose a proposal for the Estonian House site recently submitted to the city for a new high-rise development by DK Broadview Inc., a partnership between Diamond Corp and Kilmer Group.

The development proposal includes a 16 story, high-rise tower which in metres is closer to 20 stories.  The development plans to maximize every developable square foot of the property, with an additional multi-level condominium extending the full length of the property, with a 5th floor rooftop over Chester Hill!

Look on the City of Toronto website for details:   http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do#detail1

Type in 954 Broadview, click on the 2019 (not 2018) submissions, and then look at the supporting documents. The November 23, 2020 documents are the correct ones

Our resident's association, CHCTRA, (Chester Hill, Cambridge, Thorncliffe) has always supported appropriate development and densification along Broadview. The three-year long planning process (called BAPS) with the City envisioned mid-rise development on Broadview and a commitment to avoid negative impacts on our residential neighbourhood. 

In addition to the massive scale of the development which disrespects the planning process, the concern is this will significantly impact traffic, the environment, noise, parking on Chester Hill and Cambridge and add pressures on transit and infrastructure for the entire neighbourhood.

The City is currently reviewing the Diamond proposal. It is urgent that you make your opposition known to the City Planner, George Pantazis,  ideally by January 31, 2021.

Please write an email letter, short or long, to our City Planner  - George Pantazis, George.pantazis@toronto.ca and please cc Councillor Paula Fletcher councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca and CHCTRA contact@chctra.org

Two sample letters are available that you can use to write your letter or copy and sign as your own (Click: Letter 1, Letter 2).  You will need to cut and paste a sample into an email. Please be sure to add your name and address on your email.

If an email letter is too much, you can simply send a short email: “I’m a resident of XX and wish to express my opposition to the massive scale and intensity of the proposed development on the Estonian House site.” Please cc Paula Fletcher and CHCTRA. 

You can also send a letter to Mayor John Tory!

It is important that as many of us as possible send letters of opposition to the City Planner, George Pantazis. 

Snail mail would work, too.

George Pantazis

City Planner 

City Hall- Planning dept.

100 Queen St W.

Toronto, ON

M5H 2N2

Please join us on Zoom!

Urgent Development Update

  • 4pm SUNDAY JANUARY 24, 2021

  • Contact Lisa Cruikshanks lisahbc@hotmail.com for the Zoom Link

  • Topics:

    • Estonian Site development proposal info & what you can do

    • Chester Hill Lookout update

Quiet Streets Project

You will notice that following the COVID lockdown, some streets in Riverdale (such as Fulton Ave) were designated “Quiet Streets”. In May 2020, CHCTRA submitted an application to Toronto transportation for Chester Hill and Thorncliffe to receive this designation, but our application was rejected.

Speed Humps

The City surveyed Chester Hill Road residents about speed humps and the survey results supported them. The speed humps are scheduled to be installed in the fall of 2020. Since Fall 2018, CHCTRA has asked the City to canvass the residents of Thorncliffe and Cambridge about whether these streets should also have speed humps, but to date the City has not done so. We will continue to follow up with the City to survey your views on this issue.

CCTV at the Lookout

CHCTRA has been told by Toronto police that CCTV cameras have been approved and will be installed at the Lookout. The process is underway, but we have no firm date for the installation.

Car Break-Ins over the Summer

CHCTRA residents reported a very significant spike in car break-ins over the summer, with ownership and insurance papers removed from cars, as well as property damage. We have brought this issue to the attention of Paula Fletcher’s office and Toronto police. Please be aware that keyless entry fobs can be diverted to unlock your car even when the keys are safely in your home. A few safety tips:

  • Don’t leave valuables in your car

  • Always ensure your car is locked, especially overnight

  • Don’t keep your keys by your front door or in your home near where the car is parked

  • Store keyless entry keys in a metal box or container

  • Toronto Police have provided small signs to place in your car “No Valuables left in Vehicle”. Pick one up on the front porch of 24 Chester Hill

Development at Whistler’s Site

The development at Whistler’s is currently stalled and the property is being sold to a new purchaser. The City has assured residents that it will not re-open the application process for a proposal that is higher than the mid-rise approved to date.

A Globe and Mail story about the financial troubles for the development can be found here: Failed Toronto condo project lays bare battle between wealthy foreign investors https://www.theglobeandmail.com/real-estate/article-failed-toronto-condo-project-lays-bare-battle-between-wealthy-foreign/

796-802 Broadview Avenue

A six-storey mixed use building has been proposed and approved for this site, with retail at grade and residential units above. The developer has been in touch with local residents’ associations to consult on changes to the application in terms of use of the street-level space.

Paula Fletcher’s Letter to CHCTRA on development updates

For more information on the above development projects, please see the August 17, 2020 letter from Paula Fletcher’s office here: Broadview Development Update for Residents Associations.

Get Involved!

If you have questions or concerns, or want to become more involved in CHCTRA, please email community@chctra.ca

Stay strong on Covid-19 Prevention Efforts

Given the global pandemic, we conclude this newsletter with a show of support and a reminder to all of us to stay safe and strong. Covid-prevention is a marathon not a sprint, and we have many long winter months ahead.

If you are an elder member and need community support for food delivery, please be in touch.

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Zoom Meeting - Urgent Development Update

  • 4pm SUNDAY JANUARY 24, 2021

  • Contact Lisa Cruikshanks lisahbc@hotmail.com for the Zoom Link