Councillors want developer to relocate new affordable rental units from Etobicoke development to Bloor West

News Apr 15, 2015 by Cynthia Reason Bloor West Villager

A ‘unique’ rental replacement agreement is in the works between a local developer and two west-end councillors, Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) heard on Tuesday.

The idea is to have a developer who’s building two different developments – one in Etobicoke, the other in Bloor West – create new rental units at the Bloor West location, to make up for the ones being demolished at the Etobicoke site.

If ultimately approved, the proposal will see the 10 rental replacement units necessitated by the proposed demolition of a 10-unit affordable apartment building at 2800 Bloor St. W. in Ward 5 be transferred to a proposed new nine-storey condo at 2114-21130 Bloor St. W. in Ward 13.

“This is very unusual, what we have before us today,” Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette said, explaining that the same developer, NDI Inc., is responsible for both the development in her ward at 2114 Bloor St. W., and that in Etobicoke Centre Councillor Justin Di Ciano’s ward at 2800 Bloor St. W.

“Councillor (Di Ciano) and myself, in the process of getting the best built form for both of these buildings, have agreed, and the proponent has agreed, to replace the full rental replacement units and move them from 2800 Bloor into 2114 Bloor St.

“I know it doesn’t normally happen this way, but we agree to do this because there are no actual residents who are going to be displaced (from 2800 Bloor St. W., which is vacant)...and the residents in my ward are quite happy to take rental replacement, because some of them are going to be affordable and some of them are going to be mid-range.”

Both the Etobicoke and Bloor West development proposals involved have been appealed by NDI Inc. to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

At Tuesday’s EYCC meeting, councillors were originally scheduled to consider a Request for Direction Report for 2114 Bloor St. W.

NDI’s initial application for the site – submitted on March 28, 2012 – proposed to amend the zoning bylaw to permit the development of a 10-storey mixed-use building, comprised of 110 residential units and 359 square metres of at-grade commercial floor area.

In their report to EYCC, planning staff noted that despite “extensive” discussion between the proponent and a local working group formed to address concerns raised with the proposal, NDI’s application remained unchanged until after the developer filed an appeal to the OMB on Feb. 13, 2015.

Then last month, NDI submitted revised plans under a formal OMB settlement offer – modifying the proposed development to reduce the building height to nine storeys from 10, and the number of dwelling units down to 78 from 110.

In a motion supported by her EYCC colleagues Tuesday, Doucette requested that the city solicitor and planning staff attend the OMB pre-hearing conference, scheduled for June 5, and request a deferral to allow for further negotiations between the applicant, city staff and local residents.

She also requested that staff come back to the May 12 meeting of EYCC with a detailed report on the new, revised proposal for 2114-2130 Bloor St. W. development and the 2800 Bloor St. W. rental replacement settlement offer.

“Because we’re doing this rental replacement between two buildings, we need one more month to come back to this community council with the correct paperwork, with the correct reports,” Doucette explained. “Both Councillor Di Ciano and myself, we both agree that this has to come back to the May 12 community council, because residents still have to have their say...the whole idea is not to lose these two buildings, not to lose this agreement, to have great built form in both of our communities, to make sure we have that full 10-unit rental replacement.”

Appropriate rental housing replacement, Doucette’s motion reads, “allows for the full replacement of 10 rental units at 2800 Bloor Street West or alternatively off-site at 2114-2130 Bloor Street West, that includes, among other usual matters, the following details: seven two-bedroom units with a minimum size of 900 square feet; three three-bedroom units with a minimum size of 1000 square feet; a mix of affordable and mid-range units, with a minimum of three affordable units; contiguous units, distributed throughout the building.”

“This is unique situation,” Doucette added. “Normally on-site replacement is what I would be fighting for, but this is a unique situation – and we think it’s actually a good unique. We think it’s going to work for everyone.”

Di Ciano, meanwhile, deferred consideration of the OMB settlement proposal for 2800 Bloor St. W. until EYCC’s May 12 meeting.

At 2800 Bloor St. W., NDI has proposed the demolition of a vacant 10-unit apartment building to pave the way for an eight-storey, 41-unit condo.

The settlement proposal for the property originally slated to go before EYCC on Tuesday recommended that the city solicitor be authorized to settle the zoning bylaw appeal filed by the developer at the OMB, on the condition that the city enter into a Section 37 agreement with NDI Inc.

That Section 37 agreement would have secured just three on-site, three-bedroom rental replacement units at 2800 Bloor St. W. for 20 years, but would have also come with a cash-in-lieu contribution of $1.55 million for the other seven rental units – $875,000 towards City of Toronto Affordable Housing Fund and $675,000 towards the capital improvements to Toronto Community Housing in Ward 5.

The other condition of the tabled settlement proposal was that the final plans for the development at 2800 Bloor St. W. would incorporate driveway access from Bloor St. W. – a major sticking point for local residents.

Councillors want developer to relocate new affordable rental units from Etobicoke development to Bloor West

Public feedback expected at May 12 community council meeting

News Apr 15, 2015 by Cynthia Reason Bloor West Villager

A ‘unique’ rental replacement agreement is in the works between a local developer and two west-end councillors, Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) heard on Tuesday.

The idea is to have a developer who’s building two different developments – one in Etobicoke, the other in Bloor West – create new rental units at the Bloor West location, to make up for the ones being demolished at the Etobicoke site.

If ultimately approved, the proposal will see the 10 rental replacement units necessitated by the proposed demolition of a 10-unit affordable apartment building at 2800 Bloor St. W. in Ward 5 be transferred to a proposed new nine-storey condo at 2114-21130 Bloor St. W. in Ward 13.

“This is very unusual, what we have before us today,” Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette said, explaining that the same developer, NDI Inc., is responsible for both the development in her ward at 2114 Bloor St. W., and that in Etobicoke Centre Councillor Justin Di Ciano’s ward at 2800 Bloor St. W.

“Councillor (Di Ciano) and myself, in the process of getting the best built form for both of these buildings, have agreed, and the proponent has agreed, to replace the full rental replacement units and move them from 2800 Bloor into 2114 Bloor St.

“I know it doesn’t normally happen this way, but we agree to do this because there are no actual residents who are going to be displaced (from 2800 Bloor St. W., which is vacant)...and the residents in my ward are quite happy to take rental replacement, because some of them are going to be affordable and some of them are going to be mid-range.”

Both the Etobicoke and Bloor West development proposals involved have been appealed by NDI Inc. to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

At Tuesday’s EYCC meeting, councillors were originally scheduled to consider a Request for Direction Report for 2114 Bloor St. W.

NDI’s initial application for the site – submitted on March 28, 2012 – proposed to amend the zoning bylaw to permit the development of a 10-storey mixed-use building, comprised of 110 residential units and 359 square metres of at-grade commercial floor area.

In their report to EYCC, planning staff noted that despite “extensive” discussion between the proponent and a local working group formed to address concerns raised with the proposal, NDI’s application remained unchanged until after the developer filed an appeal to the OMB on Feb. 13, 2015.

Then last month, NDI submitted revised plans under a formal OMB settlement offer – modifying the proposed development to reduce the building height to nine storeys from 10, and the number of dwelling units down to 78 from 110.

In a motion supported by her EYCC colleagues Tuesday, Doucette requested that the city solicitor and planning staff attend the OMB pre-hearing conference, scheduled for June 5, and request a deferral to allow for further negotiations between the applicant, city staff and local residents.

She also requested that staff come back to the May 12 meeting of EYCC with a detailed report on the new, revised proposal for 2114-2130 Bloor St. W. development and the 2800 Bloor St. W. rental replacement settlement offer.

“Because we’re doing this rental replacement between two buildings, we need one more month to come back to this community council with the correct paperwork, with the correct reports,” Doucette explained. “Both Councillor Di Ciano and myself, we both agree that this has to come back to the May 12 community council, because residents still have to have their say...the whole idea is not to lose these two buildings, not to lose this agreement, to have great built form in both of our communities, to make sure we have that full 10-unit rental replacement.”

Appropriate rental housing replacement, Doucette’s motion reads, “allows for the full replacement of 10 rental units at 2800 Bloor Street West or alternatively off-site at 2114-2130 Bloor Street West, that includes, among other usual matters, the following details: seven two-bedroom units with a minimum size of 900 square feet; three three-bedroom units with a minimum size of 1000 square feet; a mix of affordable and mid-range units, with a minimum of three affordable units; contiguous units, distributed throughout the building.”

“This is unique situation,” Doucette added. “Normally on-site replacement is what I would be fighting for, but this is a unique situation – and we think it’s actually a good unique. We think it’s going to work for everyone.”

Di Ciano, meanwhile, deferred consideration of the OMB settlement proposal for 2800 Bloor St. W. until EYCC’s May 12 meeting.

At 2800 Bloor St. W., NDI has proposed the demolition of a vacant 10-unit apartment building to pave the way for an eight-storey, 41-unit condo.

The settlement proposal for the property originally slated to go before EYCC on Tuesday recommended that the city solicitor be authorized to settle the zoning bylaw appeal filed by the developer at the OMB, on the condition that the city enter into a Section 37 agreement with NDI Inc.

That Section 37 agreement would have secured just three on-site, three-bedroom rental replacement units at 2800 Bloor St. W. for 20 years, but would have also come with a cash-in-lieu contribution of $1.55 million for the other seven rental units – $875,000 towards City of Toronto Affordable Housing Fund and $675,000 towards the capital improvements to Toronto Community Housing in Ward 5.

The other condition of the tabled settlement proposal was that the final plans for the development at 2800 Bloor St. W. would incorporate driveway access from Bloor St. W. – a major sticking point for local residents.

Councillors want developer to relocate new affordable rental units from Etobicoke development to Bloor West

Public feedback expected at May 12 community council meeting

News Apr 15, 2015 by Cynthia Reason Bloor West Villager

A ‘unique’ rental replacement agreement is in the works between a local developer and two west-end councillors, Etobicoke York Community Council (EYCC) heard on Tuesday.

The idea is to have a developer who’s building two different developments – one in Etobicoke, the other in Bloor West – create new rental units at the Bloor West location, to make up for the ones being demolished at the Etobicoke site.

If ultimately approved, the proposal will see the 10 rental replacement units necessitated by the proposed demolition of a 10-unit affordable apartment building at 2800 Bloor St. W. in Ward 5 be transferred to a proposed new nine-storey condo at 2114-21130 Bloor St. W. in Ward 13.

“This is very unusual, what we have before us today,” Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette said, explaining that the same developer, NDI Inc., is responsible for both the development in her ward at 2114 Bloor St. W., and that in Etobicoke Centre Councillor Justin Di Ciano’s ward at 2800 Bloor St. W.

“Councillor (Di Ciano) and myself, in the process of getting the best built form for both of these buildings, have agreed, and the proponent has agreed, to replace the full rental replacement units and move them from 2800 Bloor into 2114 Bloor St.

“I know it doesn’t normally happen this way, but we agree to do this because there are no actual residents who are going to be displaced (from 2800 Bloor St. W., which is vacant)...and the residents in my ward are quite happy to take rental replacement, because some of them are going to be affordable and some of them are going to be mid-range.”

Both the Etobicoke and Bloor West development proposals involved have been appealed by NDI Inc. to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

At Tuesday’s EYCC meeting, councillors were originally scheduled to consider a Request for Direction Report for 2114 Bloor St. W.

NDI’s initial application for the site – submitted on March 28, 2012 – proposed to amend the zoning bylaw to permit the development of a 10-storey mixed-use building, comprised of 110 residential units and 359 square metres of at-grade commercial floor area.

In their report to EYCC, planning staff noted that despite “extensive” discussion between the proponent and a local working group formed to address concerns raised with the proposal, NDI’s application remained unchanged until after the developer filed an appeal to the OMB on Feb. 13, 2015.

Then last month, NDI submitted revised plans under a formal OMB settlement offer – modifying the proposed development to reduce the building height to nine storeys from 10, and the number of dwelling units down to 78 from 110.

In a motion supported by her EYCC colleagues Tuesday, Doucette requested that the city solicitor and planning staff attend the OMB pre-hearing conference, scheduled for June 5, and request a deferral to allow for further negotiations between the applicant, city staff and local residents.

She also requested that staff come back to the May 12 meeting of EYCC with a detailed report on the new, revised proposal for 2114-2130 Bloor St. W. development and the 2800 Bloor St. W. rental replacement settlement offer.

“Because we’re doing this rental replacement between two buildings, we need one more month to come back to this community council with the correct paperwork, with the correct reports,” Doucette explained. “Both Councillor Di Ciano and myself, we both agree that this has to come back to the May 12 community council, because residents still have to have their say...the whole idea is not to lose these two buildings, not to lose this agreement, to have great built form in both of our communities, to make sure we have that full 10-unit rental replacement.”

Appropriate rental housing replacement, Doucette’s motion reads, “allows for the full replacement of 10 rental units at 2800 Bloor Street West or alternatively off-site at 2114-2130 Bloor Street West, that includes, among other usual matters, the following details: seven two-bedroom units with a minimum size of 900 square feet; three three-bedroom units with a minimum size of 1000 square feet; a mix of affordable and mid-range units, with a minimum of three affordable units; contiguous units, distributed throughout the building.”

“This is unique situation,” Doucette added. “Normally on-site replacement is what I would be fighting for, but this is a unique situation – and we think it’s actually a good unique. We think it’s going to work for everyone.”

Di Ciano, meanwhile, deferred consideration of the OMB settlement proposal for 2800 Bloor St. W. until EYCC’s May 12 meeting.

At 2800 Bloor St. W., NDI has proposed the demolition of a vacant 10-unit apartment building to pave the way for an eight-storey, 41-unit condo.

The settlement proposal for the property originally slated to go before EYCC on Tuesday recommended that the city solicitor be authorized to settle the zoning bylaw appeal filed by the developer at the OMB, on the condition that the city enter into a Section 37 agreement with NDI Inc.

That Section 37 agreement would have secured just three on-site, three-bedroom rental replacement units at 2800 Bloor St. W. for 20 years, but would have also come with a cash-in-lieu contribution of $1.55 million for the other seven rental units – $875,000 towards City of Toronto Affordable Housing Fund and $675,000 towards the capital improvements to Toronto Community Housing in Ward 5.

The other condition of the tabled settlement proposal was that the final plans for the development at 2800 Bloor St. W. would incorporate driveway access from Bloor St. W. – a major sticking point for local residents.