Councillor Josh Matlow

200 Balliol Street Townhall Meeting

200 Balliol Street Townhall Meeting2021-06-15T18:48:24+00:00

Please join me, city staff and your neighbors for a Town Hall Meeting regarding the ongoing issues at 200 Balliol Street on Thursday July 8th at 5:30 pm.

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Dear 200 Balliol Residents,

My office has recently learned from several of you that there are significant concerns regarding Greenwin’s in suite renovations including questions about toxic fumes resulting from the work. I was obviously horrified to learn of this. As soon as this came to my attention, I reached out to Toronto Fire Services (Division Fire Chief) along with all relevant City Staff to request that every action be taken to address this immediately. By-Law Officers and Toronto Fire Services have attended 200 Balliol for inspections and have opened file. Their investigations into whether Greenwin’s contractors are using best practices with their materials and ventilation are ongoing. Moreover, I had a meeting directly with Greenwin and neighbours of yours who had contacted my office on May 31st, 2021. During this meeting your property manager acknowledged our concerns and assured us that their sub-contractors would be promptly dismissed.

However, I have since learned from tenants that Greenwin did not fulfill their commitment and that the smell of fumes persist. This is completely unacceptable.

While minor odours resulting from renovations are normal, if you experience fumes that cause you concern and/or you experience physical side effects, Toronto Fire Services asks that you contact 911 ASAP.

Several of your neighbours and I believe that property management is not addressing this matter with the seriousness and prompt attention this requires. Tenant requests to have a member of Greenwin Staff supervise the work going forward have been ignored. It likely goes without saying that toxic fumes would be an issue at any time, not least in these past few weeks when there has been nowhere to escape due to the lockdown.

I would like to invite you to an Online Town Hall Meeting. I’ve invited City Staff, Fire Services and a representative from the Federation of Metro Tenants Association to attend. I have also requested Greenwin participate in this meeting to both hear directly from you, and support a much needed resolution.

In addition, the impact of the elevator renovations that have been taking place this year are deeply troubling. The absence of one elevator at any given time has created crowding which is a COVID concern, especially when one of the two working elevators is put in service for move ins and move outs. My office had previously requested that Greenwin suspend suite renovations until the elevator project is completed in order to reduce pressure on elevator capacity. Again, we did not receive a reply from Greenwin. I would like to renew my request to Property Management that renovations be suspended at this time.

I have been supporting some of your neighbours who are working to create a Tenant’s Association for your building. They will provide more information as to their next steps and how to get involved in a Tenant’s Association at July X’s meeting.

Lastly, I would like to note that in 2021 to date, I have received more calls from residents of 200 Balliol than any other building in our ward. The calls span a range of issues. At their core, residents are simply not hearing back from Property Management on key issues. We are also hearing that a high proportion of individuals are choosing to move out, citing poor management. It is clear to me that 200 Balliol residents need more support.

Although most landlord tenant issues are under provincial purview, as your City Councillor I’m committed to doing everything I can to advocate for you. Your safety and quality of life should be a priority for us all.

Regards,

Councillor Josh Matlow

City Councillor

Toronto – St. Paul’s

www.joshmatlow.ca

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