City Council also approved the demolition of six rental units at 8–16 Locust Street and 15 Oxford Drive in the way of a proposed highrise building. The motion requires that the builders compensate and provide new accommodation to the tenants.
UrbanToronto says the 36-storey building “was approved by the Ontario Land Tribunal earlier this year”.
City Council approved a motion by Councillor Nunziata to research a Somali Community Centre. The motion, which was co-sponsored by Mayor Tory, will ask city staff to “work with the Somali Cultural and Recreation Centre Steering Committee in Toronto and the impacted Councillors to explore potential partnerships for a new community cultural and recreation centre”.
Council also voted to give recurring $7500 payments to residents of Rockcliffe-Smythe who experienced flooding. The motion says eligible properties must be “within the Rockcliffe Special Policy Area and hydraulically connected sewer catchment, where beneficial works have been identified by a completed Basement Flooding EA Study but the work is not yet commissioned”.
This motion is controversial. City staff recommended against it, and Councillor Perks moved that it be made available to any similar Toronto property. His motion was defeated.
Columnist Heather Mallick said it is a waste of money:
Nunziata isn’t leaving; she isn’t any good; she would be equally un-good anywhere else. Who cares if Toronto ultimately blows an uncapped $6 million on homeowners in one floodplain while ignoring nine other floodplains?
Voters care….Why not $6 million more for parks along the major roads where midrise condos are being built, and downtown where towers are packed in like Lego?
City Council will ask staff to study the feasibility of a Somali community cultural centre if Frances Nunziata’s motion is approved this week at City Hall this week.
The motion says,
While the Somali community continues to thrive, it also faces significant systemic barriers due to anti-Black racism and Islamophobia. Many studies, including the work of the City’s Confronting Ant-Black [sic] Racism Unit, and also the testimony of Somali residents at City Council or local boards have documented the deleterious impacts of systemic racism on the prosperity of this dynamic and vibrant community. In addition, action 7.1 in the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Action Plan calls on the City to “improve recreation spaces in neighborhoods [sic] with high proportions of Black residents”.
If approved, the motion would ask staff to “explore potential partnerships for a new community cultural and recreation centre” as well as find a location and funding opportunities.
The Etobicoke York Community Council approved the two-tower development at Weston and Little on Monday. The towers, when built, will be the largest in Weston: one is 35 storeys, the other 29.
Six residents spoke out against the proposal at the meeting. They raised concerns about
The character of the neighbourhood
The large scale of the development
That the smaller tower was remained large, though staff had recommended it be made smaller
The location of the driveway on Little Avenue
The poor record of city planning
It seemed to me, however, that their concerns were not given much consideration by the members. Early in the meeting, Councillor Mark Grimes ignored a speaker and met briefly with Doug Holyday until they were told off. Only Frances Nunziata asked a follow-up question, and it wasn’t about the development—it was about whether it was appropriate for her tenant to hang clothing on the property. No other committee members asked any questions.
In addition to the speakers, about 20 people (including me) wrote to the council, and 29 others signed a petition.
The towers will have 733 condominium units when built. Councillor Nunziata announced that it would include a space for the Weston Historical Society.
The development must next be rubber-stamped by City Council.