980-990 Bloor Street West and 756 Dovercourt Road

This project, once the subject of disagreement between the developer and the City, will be moving forward after we reached a settlement with the new owners at the Ontario Municipal Board (now known as the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal). City Planning worked closely with a new owner on the site to address community suggestions which allowed the settlement to be reached. A number of changes have been made:

The original 14-storey height has been reduced to 11-storeys, to prevent shadowing in the parks and residential areas;
The building step-back has been lowered from the 4th floor to the 3rd floor on the south and east sides of the building;
The south, east and west facing balconies have been replaced with Juliette balconies
The façade of the west building was reduced from 8 to 6-storeys, with a new 5.5 meter step back;
The replacement of all rental units lost form the existing building demolition have been secured; and
A $400,000 contribution was secured from the applicant to be used towards parks and laneway improvements.

In addition, we have secured the replacement of all rental units from the existing building to keep that supply available and I went the extra mile for tenants and negotiated a top-up rent supplement with the developer. Furthermore, I saved heritage elements (two terra cotta lion heads and a beautiful set of stained glass windows) that a local heritage expert outlined as having merit and donated through the architectural conservancy.

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