June 8, 2016 meeting
Thanks to all the area residents who showed up for our June 8th meeting. We had a follow up speaker regariding plans to revamp the Moss Park arena/playing field and John Innis Community Center. For details on that see paragraph 3.
We had two candidates for the School Trustee position Chris Moise and Li Koo speak and answer questions about the state of public schools in our ward. We remind area residents that schools are an important aspect of our neighbourhood and encourage folks to learn more about the election and the candidates. For more information on the by-election and who is running and what their platforms and backgrounds are please click here.
The More Moss Park team is looking for input from area residents to determine what kind of services and facilities would draw area residents into the recreation center. We heard form area residents who use the center as well as those who have major concerns about the safety and security of the Sherbourne and Queen street area. For more information about the proposal please click here.
We also had a brief update about the St Lukes/Options for Homes which was told by Councillor McConnell and City planners to drastically revamp and reduce the scale of their project. For additional information please click this link.
We also had a brief discussion about Gerrard Street properties that are up for sale and a preliminary plan to revamp the Beer Store site. More on that below.
Sadly we also received word of an unprovoked assault on a female tourist by an unidentified male assailant on Gerrard near Sherboune Street. We are following up with police.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to the meeting. There wasn't an empty seat at Retsinas.
St Lukes Options for Homes proposal on hold
Members of our board recently met with Options for Homes and Councillor McConnell regarding this proposal to build a 32 storey condo on church property south of the actual church. After reviewing the proposal Councillor McConnell indicated that the architect and developer need to greatly rethink and reduce the height of the proposed building. Pam McConnell indicated that St Lukes/Options need to have a discussion with city planing as to what would be acceptable on that site and come back with revised plans.
Will keep you advised of future developments. The developer could take the plan to the OMB but will hopefully continue to work with the city on a revised plan that is a better fit.