Announcing an Unprecedented Action Toward Preserving Midtown Toronto’s Heritage

Catch up with this recent news from Councillor Matlow and city hall:

The Yonge and Eglinton area has experienced significant growth and I believe it is vital that we ensure that the community is an attractive place to live, work and play. Our quality of life should always be the focus of urban planning.

That’s why I initiated a review of the area’s secondary plan (which should’ve been done many years ago) to support additional services and infrastructure for our midtown neighbourhoods to finally keep up with the pace of growth in this provincially designated urban growth centre. I’ve been actively working with the City and the Midtown Working Group to develop a plan for the Yonge and Eglinton area, Midtown in Focus, that ensures the ingredients of a livable community are in place, including parks and public spaces, community services and facilities such as affordable daycare and recreation, transportation and servicing infrastructure. An important part of this initiative is a focus on heritage preservation.

As part of the Midtown in Focus study, I’m very happy to announce that today Heritage Preservation Services is supporting recommendations to include an unprecedented list of 258 main street properties on the City’s Heritage Register at the Toronto Preservation Board. This represents the largest number of properties ever recommended for heritage protection in a single report brought forward at City Hall in Toronto’s history 

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Eglinton Bus Barns development is in planning stages – learn more!

Oxford Properties is on board to help redevelop the future of the Eglinton Bus Barns location at Eglinton and Duplex ave.

Recently we attended the community meeting to hear more about the plans and process and we encourage the community to connect and provide input as well.  Key pieces we asked to be included are:

1. Institutional uses: i.e. schools and recreation. To meet current and future needs.

2. Social services space: to offer spaces for midtown organizations who may be losing their spaces due to growth and rising rents.

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Save the date: Midtown in Focus workshops Sat June 3rd @ North Toronto Collegiate – in the cafeteria

Saturday June 3rd, 9:30am -2pm at North Toronto Collegiate – Cafeteria                    The City of Toronto invites you to join the conversation and shape the future of Midtown Toronto.

The City of Toronto invites you to join the conversation and shape the future of Midtown Toronto. The Yonge-Eglinton area has experienced significant growth and change in the last decade. The City is developing a plan – Midtown in Focus – to ensure the ingredients of a livable community are in place in the near term and long term, including parks and public spaces, great old and new buildings, community services and facilities, and transportation and servicing infrastructure.

We need your input.  On Saturday, June 3rd, City staff will be hosting an Open House and Workshops as part of Midtown in Focus.  At the Open House, City staff will present the findings and emerging directions of the study and be asking for your feedback in preparation for a new plan for Midtown.

Doors will open at 9:30 AM.  Information stations and staff will be available throughout the day.  Workshop sessions (10:30-11:30 AM and 12:00-1:00 PM) will focus on built form and public realm priorities in different character areas across Midtown.

Midtown In Focus Open House and Workshops

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2017

Time: 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Cafeteria, 17 Broadway Avenue

This Open House is one of several community consultation activities the City of Toronto is hosting this year to make sure the plan reflects the input of people who make Midtown the dynamic community that it is.

If you would like more information about the Open House or the study, please contact me or visitwww.toronto.ca/planning/yongeeglinton.

Great News: Midtown Will Be Getting a Community Hub!

Years of hard work by our City Councillor, Josh Matlow, our TDSB Trustee, Shelley Laskin, staff at the City and TDSB, midtown community members and all of us at MidtownHub.ca have paid off!

Toronto City Council recently voted 31-4 in favour of a City staff recommendation that a Midtown Community Hub be built on the site of Davisville Jr. PS.

When it is completed, we will have a wonderful new recreational facility for our rapidly growing neighbourhood. The plan approved by City Council includes a swimming pool, a general use community room, underground parking under the school, a double gym in the school and rooftop greenspace, with a patio and walking path.

To see more about the city council decision, click here. For more detailed background information, view the City staff’s background report and a supplementary staff report to City Council.

Stay tuned for more updates! MidtownHub.ca members will continue to work on bringing even more facilities and programming to our booming community.

May News!

It’s May! Time for a Midtown Hub Update!
What’s happening?
  • We have continued to have great meetings at City Hall with Councillor Matlow, Parks, Forestry and Rec representatives, and Partnerships representatives.
  • We held a successful visioning session in February at the Berwick with community residents brainstorming all age groups, programming needs and spaces.
  • The city of Toronto and TDSB are currently in very positive negotiations to build a new Community & Aquatic Centre on a piece of land adjacent to the new Davisville PS. The new school will be built thanks to the TDSB receiving $14.7M funding from the province.
  • This collaboration with the City and TDSB is a very special project that requires many meetings with their teams working creatively to do the best for our community.
  • In addition they are exploring the opportunity to include underground parking to support the school and community centre and help preserve green space.
  • We are hoping for confirmation in the coming weeks of a successful agreement on the project.
  • The Midtown Hub group has continued to meet with several experts in development and programming and financing to support the project as soon as it is fully approved.
What’s new?
  • The Midtown Hub Group has been connecting with the Midtown in Focus planning group to continue to highlight the need for community infrastructure here and look for opportunities plus sharing our feedback from community workshops
  • As we learn more about the projected growth, we are opening up our scope of need to look at opportunities throughout midtown
  • The Midtown Hub Group is also developing a complementary proposal to create additional hub destinations in purpose built condo podiums that would optimize the ground floor and 2nd or 3rd floors of condo developments. This will be explored further with the city, province and partners this summer.
  • We have appointed an accountant for Midtown Hub!
What’s next?
  • We will be meeting with various partners and government representatives to continue to highlight the need and opportunities
  • We are planning another community consultation in Midtown to talk about Youth and the gaps in programming and destinations
  • We have connected with a marketing partner to begin developing a communication plan for the Midtown Hub
  • We will be establishing a fundraising plan and potential events for the community to come together and support the Hub project
How can you help?
  • Volunteer! We need people with fundraising and social media expertise!!
  • Share! tell your friends, neighbours, companies and organizations to connect with us
  • Donate! Please stay tuned for fundraising events coming soon!

Talking about Midtown Hub at Harvest Fair

Hundreds of Midtowners came by the Midtown Hub booth at the 2015 Mt. Pleasant Harvest Fair.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to talk about the wonderful opportunity we have to create a new community hub to serve our growing neighbourhood. And thanks to the many kids who painted and colored their vision for the Hub.

Midtown Hub member Tanya Murdoch captured some of the fun and conversation in the video below.

Midtown hub at harvest fair from tmurdoch on Vimeo.

Meet Midtown Hub members at the Mt. Pleasant Harvest Fair

The Mt. Pleasant Harvest Fair is an annual tradition in midtown Toronto.

The fair is today, Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Midtown Hub will be there! Drop by our booth right beside the Mt. Pleasant branch of the Toronto Public Library to talk with our members about what you would like to see in a new community hub in midtown.

Be sure to take our online survey as well (click here for the survey)

The 2015 Harvest Fair takes place on Mt. Pleasant between Eglinton and Davisville Avenues. Check out the sidewalk sales, food samples and more from our neighbourhood merchants.

Kids can enjoy balloons, tattoos, face painting, games and the always popular petting zoo.

Midtown Hub on CBC’s Metro Morning

After the release of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s action plan for community hubs, Midtown Hub was featured on CBC’s Metro Morning radio program.

Host David Common interviewed a member of Midtown Hub (John Hiddema) about the need for a community hub in midtown Toronto and the challenges of making it happen. The interview is available here.

Keep in touch with what’s happening with Midtown Hub! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and follow our blog for updates.

Ontario’s Action Plan for Community Hubs

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Community Hub Framework Advisory Group released a report on August 10, 2015, intended to guide the creation of community hubs.

As the Premier’s news release says, community hubs are part of the Premier’s vision for making the province the best place to work, live and raise a family.

We think the Premier getting behind the development of community hubs is a great idea and look forward to the province becoming involved in the creation of Midtown Hub.

The Premier’s special advisor on community hubs, Karen Pitre, held consultations before preparing her report and the action plan. Ms. Pitre told the Globe and Mail, “Public property is scarce, especially in quickly-densifying urban areas like Toronto, and the working group heard countless times that it would be a mistake to sell off any of it without thinking it through.”

We couldn’t agree more – Midtown Toronto needs a community hub and we need to keep all of the Davisville Public school site for public use.