Kick-Off Public Meeting - Bloor Dundas Avenue Study

The City of Toronto's Bloor Dundas Avenue Study web page is now online. There will be a "kickoff" meeting on July 8th, details are listed below. Please see the attached PDF file for the original version.

Kick-Off Public Meeting
Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study

Tuesday, July 8, 2008
6:30 p.m.
Saint Joan of Arc - Gymnasium
1701 Bloor Street West (Map)

Bloor Dundas Avenue Study: Bloor/Dundas Avenue Study Area.  map from the City of Toronto, June 2008.
Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ Study

The City is undertaking a study for the portion of Bloor Street West between Keele Street and Dundas Street West and for Dundas Street West between Glenlake Avenue and Boustead Avenue.

The purpose of the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ study is to create a framework for new development and identify needed service, transportation or streetscape improvements. The City Planning Division’s recent Bloor Street Visioning Initiative will inform the study’s work and help shape a vision for the area.

Join us! Come learn about the study and how you can participate.

Looking for more information? Visit to learn more
about the Bloor Dundas ‘Avenue’ study.

West Bend CA Meeting: GO Transit/TTC Link

The West Bend Community Association, which covers the neighbourhood immediately to the west of us on the other side of Dundas St., is having their June meeting this Wednesday. The main topic of this meeting is the proposed tunnel linking GO Transit's Bloor Station to the TTC's Dundas West subway station, as well as the West Toronto Diamond grade separation project. See below for the details about the meeting.

The West Bend Community Association - June Meeting
18 June 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Indian Road Crescent School 2nd floor staff room
285 Indian Road Crescent (map)

Guest Speaker: Imants Hausmanis, P.Eng., GO-Transit

Mr Hausmanis will describe the plans for a proposed underground connection between GO-Transit's Bloor Station and the TTC's Dundas West Station. In addition, he will provide an update on the West Toronto Diamond Grade Separation Project (the "big dig" between Dupont and St. Clair, starting soon).

Other business: Negotiations begin for 1540 Bloor Street (Joe Mercury site)

Public Meeting: Community Improvement Plans

This public meeting is a followup to the Wallace Junction Focus Area meeting.

The details are all contained in the attached PDF document, which you can download below.


To be held by Planning and Growth Management Committee (Under the Planning Act)

Stimulating Economic Growth: Proposed Community Improvement Plans for the City of Toronto, the Waterfront and the South of Eastern Employment District

DATE: May 8, 2008
TIME: 10:00a.m., or as soon as possible thereafter
PLACE: City Hall, Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor. 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Wallace Junction Focus Area (Map)

Wallace Junction Focus Area (Map)

The City of Toronto's map of the "Wallace Junction Focus Area". More information here.

Wallace Junction Focus Area - Meeting Notice (Portuguese)

Wallace Junction Focus Area - Meeting Notice (Portuguese)

Meeting notice distributed by The City on April 15, 2008.

Wallace Junction Focus Area - Meeting Notice (English)

Wallace Junction Focus Area - Meeting Notice (English)

Flyer distributed by The City, April 15 2008.

Wallace Junction Focus Area

Wallace Junction Focus Area (Map)Wallace Junction Focus Area (Map)
The City of Toronto has distributed the following flyers throughout the neighbourhood:

Community Meeting

Wallace Junction Focus Area

Area bounded by Dupont Street, the GO/CNR/CPR rail corridor, Lansdowne Avenue, and Dundas Street West

Focus areas enable municipalities to provide financial incentives to support improvement and rehabilitation of areas that have been identified as Community Improvement Project Areas (CIPAs). Generally, these are areas that are in need of assistance with regard to: declining building stock, conflicting land uses, barriers to improvement and redevelopment, as well as declining social, environmental and/or economic conditions. The Planning Act, the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the Toronto Official Plan support the designation of CIPAs and the preparation of focus areas.

Purpose of the Meeting

The meeting will inform the community on the Wallace Junction Focus Area. The Community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed plan prior to its consideration by Toronto and East York Community Council. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can still make your views known by sending an email to Councillor Adam Giambrone at or call our office at 416 392-7012.

Date: April 23, 2008
Time: 6:30 to 8:30
Location: Wallace Emerson Community Centre, Abrigo Room

1540 Bloor W. Rezoning Application

Apologies for the late notice about this meeting

This is the latest public consultation about developments in the Dundas/Bloor area. This meeting specifically addresses the re-zoning application of 1540 Bloor St. W., which is the north-west corner of Dundas and Bloor.

If you shop on Bloor St., use Dundas West subway station, use the Bloor GO station, or even just walk, cycle, or drive through the area, you may be interested in attending this session. Meeting info from the Friends of Dundas and Bloor website:

1540 Bloor West Rezoning Application

Community Input Meeting • City of Toronto Planning Dept

Your one and only chance to make your voice heard - officially – in the Tas DesignBuild rezoning application.

When: Tuesday, April 8th• 7:00 Pm – 9:00 PM
Where: Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor W.

Can't Be There? Send Comments to:

Kevin Edwards, Planner, at (416) 392-1306 or
Or contact Councillor Gord Perks, Ward 14, at (416) 392-7919.

Plenty more information about this and related developments at the Friends of Dundas and Bloor website.

Bloor/Dundas Visioning Session #3

The notice below arrived in my mailbox on March 16th. This visioning study is for an area just outside of our Residents Association, Bloor St. between Dundas W. and Keele, but its impact may affect most of us.

If you shop on Bloor St., use Dundas West subway station, use the Bloor GO station, or even just walk, cycle, or drive through the area, you may be interested in attending this session. Details below.

Bloor/Dundas Visioning Session Community Consultation

Visioning Session #3
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 6:30-8:30pm
Lithuanian House
1573 Bloor Street West

158 Sterling Rd.

I'm not sure how I missed this article in the Toronto Star, dated February 26 2008. It has some interesting insight into the history and potential of the old industrial "skyscraper" on Sterling Rd. The photo that accompanies the article is fascinating too.

Quote from the article:

Opened in 1919 by the Northern Aluminum Co. – later the Aluminum Co. of Canada and then Alcan – it may have been Canada's tallest building until the Royal York Hotel opened in 1929. A second contender is a 12-storey tower built at King and Yonge Sts. in 1913 and now part of the 1 King West high-rise.

The ceilings at 158 Sterling are at least 4.5 metres high and Romano, president of Castlepoint Realty, thinks that could put it head and shoulders above the competition.

I would love to take a tour of this building! I'm glad it's being preserved as the area gets redeveloped.

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