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:
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.