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Welcome to Cabbagetown South Residents' Association

If you live or work in downtown Toronto, Canada, between Parliament and Sherbourne, Carlton and Shuter Streets, then we are your neighbourhood residents' association.   Join us. For info on the next meetings click the events section on the sideboard.

Purpose of Cabbagetown South

  • To promote measures which enhance the beauty, safety, and environmental and economic viability of the Cabbagetown South area.
  • To promote the general quality of residential and economic life in and around the Cabbagetown South area.
  • To promote a sense of community within the Cabbagetown South area that respects the diversity of people in the Cabbagetown South area.
  • To undertake or support projects requiring or benefiting from community support which are intended to advance the above objectives.
  • To oppose measures which diminish the above.

Christmas Party December 7th 2016

 We have a new location for our upcoming Christmas Party.  This year's venue is The Irish Stout Pub at 221 Carlton Street.  Come on out and join us!  There will be lots of prizes, lots of food and great company.  Early Bird tickets at a reduced rate area available if purchased by November 30th.    Cash bar.    For details click here.


What We're Working On...

In any community, there are always many worthy things competing for time and attention. The Board of Directors of the Cabbagetown South Residents' Association chooses some among the many for special attention.

Problematic Properties in Cabbagetown South

Area C recently met Councillor Pam McConnell, executive assistant Kelly Sather and  city by-law staff, health department staff, representatives from police and fire departments to tackle the ongoing issue of problematic properties in Cabbagetown South.  It was our hope that meeting with a large contingent of city staff from various departments that a consolidated effort to address ongoing problems around housing conditions, safety, and in some cases criminal activity could leverage a positive outcome to improve the conditions of poorly maintained/managed properties.  To read more click here.


Moss Park Redevelopment

As you may be aware, the City of Toronto and and The 519 are currently planning the redevelopment of John Innes Community Centre, Moss Park Arena and the park space around them. The original proposal was to build at the current location of these facilities, however, a recent and sudden change places the new facilities on the west side of the park, adjacent to the Moss Park Armoury. Based on a prior community consultation meeting, it is clear that the proposal change has taken a large number of resident by surprise, and as such, the CSRB forwarded a letter to the City and 519 voicing concern over lack of transparency in the decision making process and failure to provide the community with alternatives. The City and the 519 have responded by agreeing to meet with the Cabbagetown South Residents Board Board (CSRB) in order to address these concerns: Click here to read more.


Cabbagetown South Safe Laneways Project

Our association recently met with a group called The Laneway Project to discuss solutions around problems with laneways in our area.   The idea is to see if there are ways we can change the design and function of our laneways to help deter unwanted behaviour.   Laneways are often being used as toilets, Illegal dumping, street level prostitution and drug dealing and drug use.  We need to take back our laneways by creating spaces that are attractive and safe for area residents to walk, ride bicycles, park their vehicles, play with their kids, exercise their dogs etc..

Several area residents have made great strides in taking on laneway gardening projects and engaging their neighbours in keeping the laneways green and litter free.  One big challenge that we need to raise funds for is the watering of these laneway gardens during hot dry spells in the summer.  We are working on getting information about who offers such services and what the cost would be to cover watering when the weather does not cooperate.   

We have created a small working group that will look at all our laneways to determine what laneways are in good condition and relatively problem free and those which need a lot of work.  We then hope to create a master plan for laneway revitalizaton that will look at improving laneway hardscape, lighting, solutions for graffiti and making the laneways safe and inviting.

PAVEMENT STRATEGY:

INTRODUCTION and SURVEY QUESTIONS:

Some paving surfaces in the laneways are in dire need of a proper repaving and have been poorly patched over the years posing a hazard for cars and cyclists. For those people who have walked through the lanes of Regent Park, you will notice a completely different, family-friendly environment with a mix of paving types/surfaces that define sections of the lanes. This gives the lane character by breaking it up in relation to adjacent buildings, lots or changes in direction or lane type. What you may not realize is the pavement itself performs a vital role in managing stormwater run-off into Lake Ontario. The porous concrete paving bricks allow water to regenerate the water table while greatly reducing run off that over burdens the storm sewer system and pollutes the Lake.

As a connection between Regent Park and the Garden District, Cabbagetown South holds an opportunity to define our neighbourhood as a genuinely unique district while being part of a greater plan. However, if we don’t champion a vision, we will be left with patchwork of quick-fix solutions that further perpetuate the conditions we find today.


 To read more click here.



Beer Store sold for redevelopment


Word has it that the Gerrard and Seaton Beer Store has been sold to a developer planning to build a condo building with commercial/retail space on the Gerrard street frontage.  The plan may include a new Beer Boutique Store and other commerical and retail outlets facing Gerrard Street. 

For an illustration of a similar project on Avenue Road please click here.  The new Beer Boutique Stores generally do not have bottle return facilities so this is something that would have to be resolved. To read more click here.


Proposal for large development at Ontario Street south of Queen

The City of Toronto is hosted a meeting on May 30th regarding a large proposal to redevelop a property at Ontario Street south of Queen.

The site includes the former Ontario Paint Store location which burned down several years ago as well as what was a heritage listed commercial building illegally demolished by the owner last year.  For an article on the demolition and reprecussions of that action please click here.

The photograph is from the grounds of Moss Park Apartments looking south west.

The scope of the proposal is large and would have a big impact on the area.  Several large warehouses on Richmond and Ontario would be demolished and replaced by three large condos with heights up to nearly 50 storeys. To read more click here.

Our Board Members for 2016.

President Jeff Lookong, and Vice President Don Purvis welcome Karen Marrin, Susan Dineen, Tanya English, Murray Bevin, Diana Flynn, Mike Laidlaw and Michael Portnoy to our 2016 Board.

We were also pleased that several area residents have volunteered to help with Community Police Liaison Committee, marketing and social events for the coming year.  Thanks to everyone who turned out for our AGM on a cold and rainy April night.  Our plan to delay our first meeting of the year until the spring in hopes of better weather did not work out so well.  We need a few weeks to meet as a board and come up with our spring schedule and some interesting guest speakers.  Watch for our emails and e newsletter update in the weeks to come. 


We always need volunteers to take on special projects for 2016


Again we ask for volunteers willing to help out a couple of hours per month on various projects.  We need help with our gardening projects, social events, membership and communication.  Please take the time to look at our stated Purpose of Cabbagetown South above.   If you have some spare time,please introduce yourself to one of our board members at our meetings or contact us at info@cabbagetownsouth.ca 

For the latest updates, click here.


         

Revamped Sherbourne/Gerrard redevelopment proposal slated to go to Community Council                                             

The Oben Flats proposal for a market rate apartment building on the vacant lot at Sherbourne and Gerrard has been revamped after the last public consultation.  To have a look at the entire revised plan/documents please go to the City of Toronto  Application Site, click Application Information Center (AIC) and fill in the boxes.  Address is 307 Sherbourne Street.  Here is a photo of the original rendering for comparison to the rendering available in the City Application Site. We will advise when the meeting at Community Council is announced.  Area residents with concerns about the proposal or in support of the proposal will be given an opportunity to speak at that community council meeting.


Since the initial application submission, proposal has been modified as follows:

  • Height of podium has been reduced by one storey; 
  • Height of tower has increased by one storey; 
  • Reduction in GFA by approx. 220 square metres (reducing number of units from 94 to 93);
  • Removal of landscape strip at rear property line;
  • Removal of the private patios located at-grade along Sherbourne Street

Heritage Preservation Services 

  • The elevations were modified to address the comments pertaining to the outboard balconies on the north façade of the proposed development as received from City Planning and Heritage Preservation Services during the June 30, 2016 meeting. The balconies have been removed from the sixth floor only, while the seventh floor balconies have been retained to align with the underside of the soffit at the southwest corner and outboard balconies on the seventh floor, south facade.

 Development Engineering 

  • The parking supply has been provided on site as requested (0.38 residential spaces and 0.05 visitor spaces per unit).
  • A site plan has been modified to include the collection vehicle's movement.
  • Solid Waste Management Services: the drawings have been revised to show the ability of the collection to enter and exit the site in a forward motion with no more than a three-point turn. 
  • Drawings include a Type G loading space. 
  • The drawings have been revised to include a 5.0 metre corner rounding required at Sherbourne Street and Gerrard Street East. 
  • The Functional Servicing and Stormwater Management Report has been modified.

Tree Protection & Plan Review

  • Tree protection (including hoarding location and distances) has been included on the plan.
For information about how Community Council Meetings work here is an interesting website.

                                           

The plan for a 13 story market rate apartment building at Sherbourne and Gerrard was the topic for discussion at a recent community planning meeting in January.  Oben Flats development team gave a brief outline of the proposal to interested neighbours.  To see the plan please click here.  The city planner, heritage planner and Councillor McConnell then gave area residents an opportunity to voice their concerns, support and offer up suggestions about the proposal.  City planner Jennifer Renaud advised that the plan is in its early stages and has not been approved.  We were advised however that the site has been previously identified as a high building site by city planners.  For information about tall building sites and the rationale in identifying such sites please click here.   Heritage planner Paul Maka advised that the proposed building is subject to some heritage planning regulations due to its location across for Heritage Designated Allan Gardens and the heritage designated building on the south west corner adjacent to the vacant lot.  

Immediate neighbours voiced concerns about the size and the architectural style of the building. The concern about potential shading of Gerrard Street and Allan Gardens was also raised.    The developer provided a shading study which did seem to indicate the shading of Allan Gardens is  not an issue.    

Some neighbours indicated they liked the idea of market rate apartments,and liked the architectural design of the building and the need to redevelop the long vacant lot.  

Concerns were raised about the height and the look of the building and how the proposed building would impact on the heritage character of the neighbourhood.  Area architects suggested that the podium height is inappropriate and needs to be reduced to a three storey podium to better connect with the surrounding buildings.  Many area residents voiced the need for some commercial/retail space on the ground floor to help anchor retail mix along Gerrard Strreet.     Other neighbours felt that although our area has not yet designated, the neighbourhood is slated under study as a Heritage Conservation District and any new development should be subject to height and design in keeping with the surrounding streetscape.  

There were also concerns about the lack of street parking in the area and that tenants and guests will further tax the availability of street parking in the area.  Oben Flats representatives countered that parking reviews in the area indicated that most area buildings have an excess of parking spots and that most tenants will opt not to own a vehicle due to the walkabilty of the neighbourhood and proximity to the downtown core employment areas.  

Some area residents felt the increased density with new tenants able to pay market rent would help increase the economic development of retail and commercial buildings on Gerrard Street.  Others felt the height of the building is in keeping with Sherbourne Streetscape and were relieved that a much taller building was not being proposed.

The next steps will be for the City Planner to review the comments of the community and responding to the applicant. ObenFlats can either then revise their plans, or go to the OMB with the plans now on file.  We will keep you abreast with any new developments regarding this proposal.  

Further reading that might be of interest is a paper published by the Confederaton of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto (CORRA).  They are reviewing a proposed Development Permit System which would be a fundamental shift in Toronto's planning process to a "vision based neighbourhood scale" planning process.  For more information please click here.





 

Crimes to Report?

Whenever a crime or a suspicious incident occurs, report it.  If it is an emergency call 911 if ongoing issues such as noise complaints, street level prostitution or drug dealing call non emergency response at 416 808 2222.  And get the incident number.  Follow up with Community Police Officers.

Police Constable Julie Rice phone 647 921 6395 email julie.rice@torontopolice.on.ca

Police Constable Scott Hodgson phone 647 921 6395 email scott.hodgson@torontopolice.on.ca

For issues at Toronto Community Housing properties such as noise, drug dealing, etc.follow up with 

Community Safety Advisor Michael Bezoff phone 416 899 8454 email michael.bezoff@torontohousing.ca

Officers from 51 Division point out that the more calls they receive from a particular neighbourhood, the more patrols that neighbourhood receives.  If problems are persistent it is also recommended you contact

Staff Sergeant Henry Dyck directly at 416 808 5152 to follow up. His email is henry.dyck@torontopolice.on.ca

Emailing a general complaint form is also a great idea as it helps determine the number of officers assigned to particular divisions. Click here.

  


  

 

 

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