NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
WHEN: Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
WHERE: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, Cameron Hall, 1585 Yonge Street
SUBJECT: Townhouse proposal for 17, 23 & 25 Lascelles Blvd (Brentwood Towers)
I would like to invite you and your neighbours to an important community information meeting, regarding a development application for 17, 23 & 25 Lascelles Blvd. – the western portion of the Brentwood Towers. Keeping residents engaged and informed is a priority for me.
This is a very complex and challenging situation. The site is already over density and the 12 proposed new townhomes on western portion of the complex will reduce the amount of common space available for residents.
I am also aware that O’Shanter (the landlord) 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 garage. I do not support the practice of charging tenants for basic upkeep and have written a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to express my concern regarding this appalling practice. Unfortunately, this legislation has not changed yet and it is probable that O’Shanter’s application will be successful. O’Shanter has proposed to not apply for an AGI if their 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 both loss of space and not having enough money left at the end of the month if their rent is raised any further.
I have been working with City Planning and Parks staff on a third option that would:
• Reduce the number and size of townhouses
• Reclaim the visitor’s parking on the north side of the property and add it to the beltline
• Provide a connection to the beltline on the north eastern edge of the property
• Beautify and add amenities in the underused green space on the western portion
This City proposal will be presented for your consideration. Unless there is overwhelming consensus in the room one way or the other, the only decision that will be asked for at this meeting is whether you believe the City’s option is worth exploring further. Regardless of the outcome, I will work with City staff to provide you with all of the information you need to make an informed opinion and ensure your voice is heard.
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul’s