Residential Infill and Renovation
- Mayor Tory urges federal government to act on aircraft noise over Toronto (Toronto Star, March 10, 2016)
660 Eglinton Ave. E.
As of November 15th, 2016, the LPOA and RioCan have reached an OMB-Mediated Settlement regarding 660 Eglinton Avenue East (Sunnybrook Plaza). The settlement details can now be made public and are as follows:
The original application by RioCan called for two towers of 19 and 13 storeys, with podiums of various heights. The finalized settlement calls for significant improvements in height, massing, density, and urban design, as well as important guarantees of protection for the natural habitat and tree protection to adjoining properties to the east and north of the site. We can report that Board-assisted mediation involving RioCan, City staff, and the LPOA was extremely helpful in winning important concessions.
Costco – Overlea Blvd.
- We’ve lost the fight, get ready for Costco (Leaside Life, Dec. 2015)
- Costco on Overlea (The South Bayview Bulldog, 2015-2016)
- Residents of Leaside are beginning to worry with upcoming Costco, Walmart and condo development projects (Post City Toronto, December 16, 2015)
- City Council approves Costco on Overlea without a gas bar (The South Bayview Bulldog, November 5, 2015)
- Approved plans
- 3 & 5 Southvale (South Bayview Bulldog, 2015)
- Shane Baghai condo sparks controversy in Leaside (Post City Toronto, September 18, 2015)
939 Eglinton Ave. E.
- Seven buildings proposed for Leaside raise concern (Post City Toronto, July 14, 2015)
Heritage Conservation District
- Leaside’s heritage eroding as neighbourhood waits for Heritage Conservation District Status (Post City Toronto, April 27, 2015)
SmartCentre North – 70 Wicksteed
In April 2013, the LPOA reached a financial settlement with SmartCentres, regarding their then-proposed SmartCentre North shopping mall site at Laird and Wicksteed. When it became clear that they were not prepared to agree to any decrease in the size of the anchor tenant, nor to exclude any specific tenant, our focus shifted to seek a settlement that would provide funding measures to address at least some of Leasiders’ concerns, and which would help protect the community from the negative impact of the many large retail outlets on Laird.
The written settlement agreement between LPOA and SmartCentres, concluded on April 9, 2013, allows LPOA to embark on measures that will benefit both the areas closest to the proposed development and the community as a whole. In particular, it provides LPOA with $110,000 in funding, which should be sufficient to:
- hire our own experts to address flow-through traffic problems with a proper traffic study
- initiate heritage conservation efforts
- assist the Bayview shopping district through a new and much needed BIA., and
- pay some of the consultant fees incurred to date (approximately $10,000)
This funding is to be spent at LPOA’s discretion.