NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
WHEN: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
WHERE: First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, Sunderland Hall,
175 St. Clair Avenue West
SUBJECT: The proposed redevelopment of 281 – 289 Avenue Road
This is a very complex and challenging situation. The Brentwood Towers is already a high density community and the construction of new homes along the western portion of the complex will reduce the amount of common space available for residents.
I am also cognisant that O'Shanter will be applying to the provincial Landlord and Tenant Board to charge an Above the Guideline rent increase (AGI) to pay for repairs to their new garage. I do not support the practice of charging tenants for basic upkeep and have written a letter and had a meeting with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to express my concern regarding this appalling practice. I have also worked with Brentwood residents and the Federation of Metro Toronto Tenants' Associations to start a city-wide campaign on this important issue. Unfortunately, this legislation has not changed yet and City staff has advised me that it is probable that O'Shanter's application will be successful. O'Shanter has proposed that they will not apply for an AGI if their townhouse proposal is approved. It is a completely unfair proposition, but it is the reality we are faced with.
I have received numerous emails and phone calls from residents on both sides of the issue. Your neighbours have expressed concern about loss of space but also not having enough money left at the end of the month if their rent is raised any further.
I have worked with City Planning staff to reduce the number of townhouses, beautify the common space and ensure that residents will gain additional benefits should the townhouse proposal be approved. The local planner and urban designer will be on hand to present the new plan. I look forward to your input.
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul's