Keele St HRRH site too dense

I think it’s worth paying attention to what is happening at the former Humber River Hospital site on Keele; it presages what we can expect at the former Church Street site when it, too, goes up for sale and development.

In short: gird your loins. It’s going to be a battle.

InsideToronto reports on the new community being developed. Despite it not having any high-rises, community members are upset.

Of the site’s total 14 acres, four and a half of those would be dedicated to open, natural areas, yet one resident likened the proposal to “cramming 731 units into a shoebox.”

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “Keele St HRRH site too dense”

  1. Adam:
    Tx very much for your excellent Westonweb piece. As a founding member of the Weston Community Coalition, I had already sent my letter to the Star commenting on Edward Keenan’s  column of yesterday. We here in Weston have been dealing with this project for almost a decade now. I think it would make a great Ph.D. thesis for someone!

    Robin Breon

    Subject: Edward Keenan on the UP Express
    Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:14:59 +0000

    Edward Keenan’s assessment: “thundering incompetence” (‘Let’s celebrate a UP Express train that’s affordable for everyone,’ STAR 24/02/2016) may err only in its understatement as a description of actions taken by the Metrolinx board of directors (led by Professor Robert Pritchard) when it comes to pricing the cost of a ticket to ride the Union-Pearson Express train. For almost a decade these high priced executives spent hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars producing pricey glossy advertising brochures trying to convince a skeptical public that $27.50 cents a shot (one-way!) was a good deal.

    Having a second look at the ticket price and saying you’re sorry but you just didn’t realize, isn’t good enough. The public has spoken out again and again that they felt the original business model that had the airport express being run by a private company (SNC-Lavalin at the time of its inception) was a bad idea. Progressive urbanists demanded that this important new piece of mass transit infrastructure should be situated firmly within the realm of public transit. This was the groundswell in public opinion that created Metrolinx in the first place. 

    It is high time that Pritchard and his politically appointed cohorts at Metrolinx resign and that a new board structure be put in place that seats elected representatives at the table as well as reps from the TTC and GO. Certainly the mayor of Toronto should sit on the board (ex-officio) as should at least two members of Toronto city council (I hope Josh Matlow puts up his hand). For those of us who have followed this sordid tale from the git-go, this might afford some kind of reckoning and allow a fresh beginning. 

    Robin Breon
    Weston

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