EPRA joins other RAs to form new midtown group

Several area residents’ associations, including EPRA,  and two local business improvement associations have joined forces to better understand the development issues facing our neighbourhoods and to speak with one voice on common concerns. Stay tuned for more on the new group in the coming weeks.

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Orchard View Pedestrian Square

Consultation & Review
Orchard View Pedestrian Square

At the summer’s end, the city has to review the success, and assess the shortcomings, of the experimental pedestrian square on Orchard View and Yonge. The square will be closing on Tuesday, October 11.

EPRA likes the experiment, and wants improvements.

An electronic survey by Councillor Karen Stintz invites your comments and ideas.

To say your piece, click on  http://xrl.us/Orchardview

There’s a  $20 gift card on offer for a lucky winner!

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Condos by the bushel

Condos by the bushel

Our neighbourhood is attractive and lively. Its good public transit invites intensive development, and the city’s Official Plan encourages it on certain lands. So, there is intense pressure from developers, both in EPRA’s zone of operation — between Eglinton Park and Yonge — and all up and down Yonge Street. With the LRT, we expect it across Eglinton as well.

The EPRA wants your help in dealing with this, to make this growth both orderly and fertile.

We cannot make condos just go away.

What we can do is help shape them, with an eye to good planning, proper scale, good design, green space and good public realm.

We will make planning for Yonge and Eglinton the main topic at our AGM this coming January.

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Development Watch

Neon @Duplex and Orchard View

Neon will soon break ground. The EPRA, worked on the working group and is now working  with the site plan committee to improve the design, including a green wall on the east side facing the library and Stanley Knowles Co-op.

36 Eglinton West @North East corner of Duplex and Eglinton

The developer, Premium Properties Ltd, has proposed a 48-storey tower, with stacked parking below and retail at grade. The City has issued a refusal report, which will be discussed at North York Community Council on October 4.

The EPRA is firmly opposed to this enormous development on a tiny plot and plans to participate in hearings at the OMB.

Yonge Street Shops  @North of the RBC

A developer has bought the stores along Yonge, and the small apartments behind them. We are endeavouring to find out who and what they are planning. We hope to express our, and your, desires and concerns early, the better to help shape the eventual building.

Meanwhile, just outside our own area are many more developments:

TD Bank Site @Yonge and Eglinton, North East corner

Major devolopers, Bazis, Metropia, have teamed up with TD for an ambitious mixed-use building: shops, a bank, bank offices, and a very tall needle (59 or 60 floors in all). They also plan a shorter tower east of the Duke of York tavern. This is a major development.

The EPRA has attended  several discussions held by the councillor. The developer seems keen on dialogue with the community and we hope to bring the neighours into the discussion.

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