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Estonian House Development – Voice Your Concerns!

February 18, 2021 (Zoom “pre-consultation meeting”)

February 24, 2021, Toronto East York Community Council Meeting

Thank you to the over 90 residents who have written to the City voicing your concern and opposition to the proposed high-rise development on the Estonian House site @958 Broadview, along with 954-956 Broadview and #72 Chester Hill Road.  

Councillor Fletcher is hosting a zoom meeting on February 18 (7-9pm) with the developer,  DK Broadview, to discuss the application with community residents, ahead of the Toronto and East York Community Council meeting on this application on the 24th of February.

The proposal is for a 51.6m tower (only about 3 storeys shorter than Heliwell Place) plus an additional 5m mechanical penthouse making it equivalent to approximately 20 residential storeys. This is not much different from the Revera proposal that received significant community opposition two years ago. 

The current proposal would result in a building more than 2.5 times the height permitted by the City’s Official Plan for mid-rise intensification.  It also ignores all of the normal setbacks from the neighbouring property lines and provides only 1 parking spot for every three units.  With 223 units, that means potentially 147 unit owners will be looking for parking in the neighbourhood.

We encourage residents to register for the upcoming online information session and to voice your concern at the meeting. Please also share this information with others.

Broad attendance at the Feb 18 session is important to show community concerns to the developer. 

For those of you who haven't received Paula Fletcher’s  email notice, it is available at:

954-958 Broadview Estonian House Information Session

The notice includes a link to register for the meeting.

Community attendance is even more critical for the 24 Feb Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) meeting.  The Community Council needs to hear objections and concerns directly from area residents.

CHCTRA will send you more information about the February 24, 2021 TEYCC meeting after February 17, 2021 when the City staff report becomes public.  

Stay engaged! Stay tuned…..

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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Feb 18 - Zoom "pre-consultation meeting"

Feb 24 - Toronto East Yotk Community Council Meeting