Estonian House

Update: Estonian Community Centre, 954-958 Broadview

The following is a brief update to the community as of November 15, 2020:

  • The Estonian House site was sold to a developer, DK Broadview Inc (which is related to Diamond Corp http://www.diamondcorp.ca).

  • A proposal for development has not yet been submitted to the City but we anticipate that an application will be made shortly.

  • Our understanding is that the application will involve:

    • Very significant density and massing

    • A high-rise tower

    • Additional condominium units extending to the rear of the property with a height of approximately 14 metres.

We will be back in touch with the community with an update once an application has been submitted and we have more information.

CHCTRA continues to support the planning guidelines of the Broadview Avenue Planning Study (“BAPS”), a process which our neighbourhood participated in over a three-year period. Among other things, the BAPS:

  • Permits only mid-rise development on the Avenue;

  • Requires an appropriate transition to neighbourhood on the Estonian House site; and

  • Includes a commitment to avoid negative impacts on the adjacent neighbourhood properties.

Estonian House (Formerly Chester Public School) Development

In March 2019, a development application was submitted to the City of Toronto to develop a high-rise building on the site of the Estonian House community centre. The proposed developer is Revera, a company that owns and operates long-term care facilities in Canada.

The proposal includes:

  • The construction of a new 55.7 metre/18-storey tower on Broadview. The proposed building is only a few metres shorter than the Helliwell Place condominium to the immediate north;

  • Residential occupancy of 214 units;

  • 214 units represents approximately 300-350 residents. If the property is in fact developed as a long-term care facility and seniors’ residence, there will also be a minimum of 50 staff on-site, plus guests/visitors;

  • Only 64 on-site parking spots;

  • Parking for other residents, staff and guests will be directed to neighbourhood streets;

  • The proposed tower is adjoined by a six-storey building with three levels of overlook, extending almost the entirety of the developable lot to the rear of the tower;

  • The proposed development encroaches on TRCA land (Toronto Region Conservation Authority);

  • The laneway onto Chester Hill Rd will be widened;

  • #72 Chester Hill residence and the Chester Hill laneway will be used to store and load refuse;

  • Garbage and loading are immediately adjacent to residential properties;

  • The developer states that it will not request a change in the one-way designation of Chester Hill, but the plans indicate two-way traffic from Broadview to the laneway.

The documents submitted by the developer to the City can be found here: 954 Broadview Ave Development Application

A petition opposing the scope and scale of the project, as well as the lack of green space, was signed by over 150 local residents: Click Here To View

The initial development proposal was not accepted by City staff. CHCTRA will keep its members informed of any updates on this development.

CHCTRA has party standing at the Ontario Municipal Board hearing (now LPAT, Local Planning Appeal Tribunal), in respect of the appeal by Estonian House to the application of the Official Plan Amendments made pursuant to the Broadview Avenue Planning Study (BAPS). That hearing has been adjourned pending the determination by the City of the site-specific development proposal for a high-rise on the site.