The residents involved with the RioCan redevelopment of Sunnybrook Plaza (660 Eglinton), in partnership with the LPOA, are meeting for a status report about this proposal and to discuss next steps, as there have been several key events and developments over the past 3 weeks. Feel free to join us at 9:30 am this Saturday (June 18th) on the lawn at 281 Bessborough Drive (north of Eglinton and across from the proposed new development). Councillor Jon Burnside will be there. Bring a lawn chair if you’d like.
All residents of Leaside are welcome to attend – because we in Leaside are all being affected by the massive proposed overdevelopment along Eglinton in particular. The potential influx of additional cars and people from this and future developments is enormous, putting further strain on our already-stretched resources. The RioCan proposal will serve as a precedent for what developers can expect to get when appealing to the OMB. The meeting on Saturday will give everyone an opportunity to exchange ideas and stories.
The RioCan redevelopment of Sunnybrook Plaza proposes a 19 storey tower and 12 storey tower, which would add more than 400 new residences and two levels of parking to Leaside. The planner for the City of Toronto has been working with us on the City’s recommendations for the proposal. RioCan has essentially dismissed the recommendations and has gone directly to the OMB.
A group of concerned residents, with the LPOA, will be hiring a lawyer and planner to represent the interests of the residents of Leaside at the OMB. Please consider a donation** to support this initiative (https://www.gofundme.com/28f4f8k). For those who would prefer, donations can also be made through the LPOA’s Paypal account (see donation button for the campaign on top right – this is separate from general donations to the LPOA), or by cheque sent to the Leaside Property Owners’ Association, 1601 Bayview Ave., P.O. Box 43582, Toronto ON M4G 3B0.
- Background information, including submitted drawings and reports can be found at the City of Toronto website.
- Read the City of Toronto staff report
- Read the LPOA letter to Council (Feb. 2015)
**Please note that should we not require all the funds raised for this OMB appeal, any remaining funds will go towards funding other Leaside community interests, including other OMB appeals. Donations to the LPOA are not tax-deductible, as we are a non-profit, but not a charitable organization as per CRA definitions.