Rosedale Heritage Under Threat: Community Townhall Meeting

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Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Rosedale United Church, 159 Roxborough Dr. (at Glen Rd.)

 

A potentially imminent threat to Rosedale’s heritage character will be the focus of a Community Townhall Meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30 at Rosedale United Church. Hosted by the South Rosedale Residents’ Association (SRRA) in conjunction with the North Rosedale Residents’ Association and MyRosedale Neighbourhood, the Townhall meeting will:

  • UPDATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS on the Dale Avenue development proposal. The proposal was approved by Toronto City Council in December over the objections of all three hosting organizations and against the wishes of a strong majority of community members. This followed the negotiation of a settlement agreement between the City and developer that shut out all community input, reversed previous City staff recommendations to oppose demolition of the heritage properties, and disregarded extensive expert and community input over the past two years. The proposal now heads to an appeal hearing at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), in March.
  • EXAMINE THE THREAT to Rosedale’s built heritage and the overall character of our neighbourhood, should the proposed development be allowed to proceed. Approval would end a six decade freeze on multi-unit developments in Rosedale. Issues include:
    • A dangerous precedent: does our neighbourhood face a future of heritage building demolitions and condominium development?
    • Weaknesses in our heritage protection rules: how can we better safeguard the character of our neighbourhood and manage intensification pressures?
  • CALL TO ACTION:
    • What more should your community associations do to maintain the neighbourhood qualities that are valued so highly by community members and other city residents?
    • How can residents get involved?

The meeting is open to all community members. We urge you to attend.