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Take Back Our Neighbourhood! – Come to SERRA’s Annual General Meeting

 


Take Back Our Neighbourhood!


The South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association (SERRA) invites you to attend the AGM on Monday May 8, 2017, from 6 – 9 p.m. at Greenwood College School, 443 Mount Pleasant Rd., Toronto, ON, M4S 2L8. Doors open at 6 p.m. for attendees to register, renew memberships, enjoy refreshments & browse a number of information booths. 

The AGM will start at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Does this sound like your neighbourhood?

  • Massive, unceasing new developments
  • New infill monster homes everywhere
  • Sidewalk, road, and TTC congestion leading to traffic chaos and impaired pedestrian safety
  • Pressure on schools, community facilities and green spaces
  • Planning dictated for our area by the OMB

Guest speakers


Come to our AGM to hear guest speakers Councillor Josh Matlow and Gregg Lintern, Director of Planning at the City of Toronto, address these issues and more. Learn how SERRA supports residents.

Browse information booths from 6-7 p.m.


Doors open at 6 p.m. for attendees to browse information booths including:

  • Mid rise / high rise development updates and maps of development in the SERRA area.
  • Tall homes
  • 18 Brownlow fundraising campaign
  • New Heritage working group
  • New Environment / Green working group
  • LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)
  • Eglinton Crosstown
  • City of Toronto Midtown In Focus (planning blueprint for the Yonge & Eglinton area)
  • Toronto Aviation Noise Group
  • Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and more!


All members in good standing who reside within the SERRA boundaries are voting members for all matters at the AGM, such as approval of minutes, reports, elections and other motions requested by the board of directors.  To view the minutes of the 2016 AGM click here. 

Non-members or those with lapsed memberships may not vote. Renew your membership online or pay by major credit card, cash or cheque at the AGM. Avoid lineups and pay in advance! Membership is $25 per household.  

Mark your calendars and plan to attend! Everyone welcome.

 

SERRA sponsors the first Jane’s Walk of Davisville Village

In celebration of the anniversary Jane Jacob’s birthday, SERRA is sponsoring a walk through several of our neighbourhoods on May 6th at 2:00PM. The walk will begin at the historic J. J. Davis store located at the corner of the Yonge and Davisville. We will convene for the start of the tour at the back patio of the store (aka Starbucks).

Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Jane moved to Toronto in 1968, eventually settling at 69 Albany Avenue in The Annex from 1971 until her death in 2006. She quickly became a leading figure in her new city and helped stop the proposed Spadina Expressway. A frequent theme of her work was to ask whether we are building cities for people or for cars.

The Jane’s Walk in Davisville Village is designed to help you enjoy parts of neighbourhood. Our tour will last about 90 minutes and we will wind our way through our village … both past and present.

Metrolinx update: Mt. Pleasant Station excavation

What Work is Taking Place?

Since February 2017, crews have been conducting support of excavation work, also known as shoring, at the Main Entrance of the future Mount Pleasant Station. The Main Entrance is located on the northwest corner of Eglinton Avenue East and Mount Pleasant Road.

Beginning as early as April 20, the work zone on the northwest corner will be expanded to provide more space to continue shoring at the Main Entrance.

Shoring is a common step in the process of constructing the foundation of a building.  Steel piles, as well as braces and tie-backs, will be installed around the perimeter of the station to support excavation. Prior to installation of the piles, crews will construct a concrete guide wall on either side of the secant wall to ensure the alignment and verticality of the piles.

The entire shoring process for future Mount Pleasant Station will occur in phases and will take approximately 12.5 months to complete. Shoring at the Main Entrance will take approximately four (4) more weeks to complete.

Timing

  • Work may occur between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. seven days a week.
  • The contractor may not always work during the permitted hours, but may do so at its discretion.
  • Work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
  • In the event that overnight work is required, Metrolinx and CTS will notify the public in advance and monitor activities throughout.

What to Expect

  • Noise in the area caused by a pile drill, crane, loaders, trucks and other construction equipment.
  • Dust from drilling activity and debris removal can be expected.
  • Truck traffic entering and exiting the work zone can be expected.
  • In addition to construction activity, equipment and material storage within designated work zones.
  • For safety purposes, metal fencing and concrete barriers have been erected around the work zone.

Pedestrian Details

  • For safety purposes, pedestrian traffic will be rerouted onto Mount Pleasant Road and Eglinton Avenue East, and separated from vehicular traffic with concrete barriers.
  • Pedestrians may experience delays while construction vehicles enter and exit the work zone.

Traffic Details

  • The existing traffic conditions on Mount Pleasant Road will remain in effect
  • Eglinton Avenue East will be reduced to one westbound lane on both sides of the intersection.
  • Motorists may experience delays while construction vehicles enter and exit the work zone.
  • As always, please take care when travelling near construction zones.

 

 

 

NoToBrownlow.com website up and running

Have you been following the NoToBrownlow campaign?

SERRA has formed a Party to fight this development at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Here are some of the key points:

  • The north side of Soudan and part of Redpath Avenue have been purchased by a developer who plans to put up two 24-storey rental towers on a four-story podium that will stretch along the north side of Soudan Avenue from Redpath to Brownlow Avenues – and abutting the townhouses on Redpath.
  • The development represents more than 360 rental units, but with insufficient provision of parking and little regard for traffic flow and shadow impact.
  • The City has designated part of the site for parkland dedication, which the development has not adequately addressed.
  • This development offers no appropriate transition to the low rise houses on the south side of Soudan and the townhomes on Redpath. On the Soudan side there will be a massive three-storey podium – almost a wall — across the street from modest two-storey homes. On Redpath, one of the towers will be directly abutting the townhomes. And on Brownlow one of the towers will directly block the existing rental building at 18 Brownlow, owned by the same developer.

The City is strongly opposed to this development and is a Party, along with SERRA, at the full 9-day OMB hearing beginning July 31st.

SERRA has had to hire a lawyer and planner to help us fight this development. Working with professionals at the OMB costs money – a lot of money!

We’ve set up a website with more information and encouragement to donate.

Go to our website notobrownlow.com and hit the Donate button.

 

Just Published! City of Toronto Good Neighbour Guide

SERRA and other resident association volunteers have worked with the City of Toronto to help create a new reference guide for residents to use when they have questions about nearby infill (new home or renovation) construction projects in their neighbourhood.

The Good Neighbour Guide will help answer many questions. Here are some examples of information in this new guide:

✅ What types of permits need to be displayed at the renovation site?
✅ How are trees protected and who is responsible for their protection?
✅ When do the owners / builders communicate information to nearby residents?
✅ How are the construction sites maintained to ensure safety, cleanliness and minimal disruption and inconvenience to neighbours?
✅ Where do residents report safety, traffic, nuisance, noise or other concerns?

The City of Toronto’s Good Neighbour Guide is now available online. By using the digital version of the guide, residents will be able to click on links for additional resources and bylaw information.

Brochures of the Good Neighbour Guide will be available at City Hall and each of the civic centres. The online version and the paper version of the Good Neighbour Guide will be translated into other languages based on the needs of each ward ( determined by the most Infill projects by ward & specific languages spoken in the community). The approved languages for the guide are as follows: French, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Russian.