April 20, 2016
The South Bayview Bulldog
The 51st Annual General Meeting of the South Eglinton Residents and Ratepayers Association was well-attended Wednesday night in the gymnasium of Manor Road United Church. President Andy Gort said that after many years at this location, it was the last time SERRA would meet there. Renovations to the church and the sale of half the property to make a public park means SERRA will have its AGM in the newly finished Sanctuary of Manor Road Church next year. The meeting heard from Josh Matlow (Ward 22) who reviewed many issues such as transit plans, the proposed Davisville Hub and a number of developments of concern.
BROWNLOW AVE, BAYVIEW AVE
Matlow noted the proposal for 18 Brownlow Ave. at Soudan Ave which he called “egregious and obnoxious.” It contains two towers of 20 and 25 storeys. He said the City is fighting this development all the way. On the other hand, he said talks continued with the Brown Group for the proposed nine storey development on Bayview Ave. between Soudan and Hillsdale Aves. No firm progress has been made although discussion has gone back and forth about a reduction of storeys with a type of quid pro quo that would make the building more dense, a design feature which the City opposes.
A ripple of surprise ran through the meeting when Mr. Matlow said that a proposal to raise the legal decibel level in residential neighborhoods was about to return to Council. This is apparently related to music clubs. The Councillor said he favoured “vibrant streets” but that he would be fighting at the Licensing and Standards Committee against an increase.. In fact, the proposal seems like political gelignite.
CONCERT WITH SHARON AND BRAM
There will be a concert on May 14, 2016 at Davisville Park featuring the surviving members of the group Sharon, Lois and Bram. Lois Ada (Goldberg) Lilienstein died in Toronto last year. The concert will be a tribute.
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