Toronto to launch heritage studies of Bloor West Village and Baby Point neighbourhoods

News Mar 30, 2016 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Members of Baby Point and Bloor West Village area community associations are in a celebratory state after the city’s recent approval to study Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) for both neighbourhoods this year.

“It’s really big for us. It’s a reason to celebrate,” Baby Point Heritage Foundation board member Danica Loncar said.

HCDs serve to ensure that historically significant areas are protected and Toronto’s cultural heritage values and characteristics are maintained, according to the city’s preservation services.

“We’ve been angling for this for the last three years,” said Jamie Isbister, president of the Bloor West Village Residents Association (BWVRA).

His group has been collaborating with the Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, the Old Mill Humbercrest Neighbourhood Association, and the High Park Residents Association.

“We’re tickled it’s been approved and funded. It’s one thing to be approved, the other thing was to get it through the budget process. We’ve passed those hurdles.”

The two HCD studies should commence in late fall, according to Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, after the completion of the approved Bloor Street West Planning Study. A working group was established late last year in preparation of the approval, which meant that when it went through, residents were able to “hit the ground running,” Doucette said.

“There will be a great deal of community consultation open to everyone, so be prepared to think about what makes Bloor Street important to you,” the councillor said in her weekly e-newsletter.

The Bloor Street West Planning Study will serve as another tool for residents’ associations when in discussions with developers about what is appropriate for the area, Isbister said.

“It’s unusual for an HCD and Avenue Study to take place at the same time,” he said.

However, their overlapping will allow for information to be shared and all involved to be better informed, Doucette said.

All the groups involved are grateful to Doucette, who they say was “integral” to the process.

“We couldn’t have done it without her,” Isbister said. “She’s been very effective in advancing our cause.”

Loncar added, “Sarah worked really hard. She really tried to push it through.”

The Baby Point Heritage Foundation’s main objective is to move forward with an HCD designation, however it has an educational component as well.

“We like to get people engaged, to learn about the heritage. Baby Point has a rich and beautiful heritage both architecturally and environmentally,” Loncar said. “We do workshops and information evenings.”

The foundation is hosting its AGM on Thursday, May 26 at the Baby Point Clubhouse, 71 Baby Point Rd., at 7:30 p.m. There will be wine and cheese and will feature guest speaker Bill Whitla of The William Morris Society of Canada, who will speak about the Arts and Crafts Movement, an architectural style used by Baby Point Architect Robert Home Smith.

Most people who Baby Point Heritage Foundation members speak to react positively to the idea of an HCD, Loncar said.

“There are a lot of misconceptions concerning HCDs, that they’ll stop you from building an addition on your home, which it absolutely won’t. We’re interested in preserving the streetscape more than what you do inside your home. No one is interfering in regards to upgrades. We want to encourage people to take care of their homes.”

More information about HCDs and the Bloor Street West Planning Study will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, Doucette told her constituents, “I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality. There’s still more to do, but our hard work will help create better communities moving forward.

For further details, visit www.babypointheritage.com

Toronto to launch heritage studies of Bloor West Village and Baby Point neighbourhoods

News Mar 30, 2016 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Members of Baby Point and Bloor West Village area community associations are in a celebratory state after the city’s recent approval to study Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) for both neighbourhoods this year.

“It’s really big for us. It’s a reason to celebrate,” Baby Point Heritage Foundation board member Danica Loncar said.

HCDs serve to ensure that historically significant areas are protected and Toronto’s cultural heritage values and characteristics are maintained, according to the city’s preservation services.

“We’ve been angling for this for the last three years,” said Jamie Isbister, president of the Bloor West Village Residents Association (BWVRA).

His group has been collaborating with the Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, the Old Mill Humbercrest Neighbourhood Association, and the High Park Residents Association.

“We’re tickled it’s been approved and funded. It’s one thing to be approved, the other thing was to get it through the budget process. We’ve passed those hurdles.”

The two HCD studies should commence in late fall, according to Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, after the completion of the approved Bloor Street West Planning Study. A working group was established late last year in preparation of the approval, which meant that when it went through, residents were able to “hit the ground running,” Doucette said.

“There will be a great deal of community consultation open to everyone, so be prepared to think about what makes Bloor Street important to you,” the councillor said in her weekly e-newsletter.

The Bloor Street West Planning Study will serve as another tool for residents’ associations when in discussions with developers about what is appropriate for the area, Isbister said.

“It’s unusual for an HCD and Avenue Study to take place at the same time,” he said.

However, their overlapping will allow for information to be shared and all involved to be better informed, Doucette said.

All the groups involved are grateful to Doucette, who they say was “integral” to the process.

“We couldn’t have done it without her,” Isbister said. “She’s been very effective in advancing our cause.”

Loncar added, “Sarah worked really hard. She really tried to push it through.”

The Baby Point Heritage Foundation’s main objective is to move forward with an HCD designation, however it has an educational component as well.

“We like to get people engaged, to learn about the heritage. Baby Point has a rich and beautiful heritage both architecturally and environmentally,” Loncar said. “We do workshops and information evenings.”

The foundation is hosting its AGM on Thursday, May 26 at the Baby Point Clubhouse, 71 Baby Point Rd., at 7:30 p.m. There will be wine and cheese and will feature guest speaker Bill Whitla of The William Morris Society of Canada, who will speak about the Arts and Crafts Movement, an architectural style used by Baby Point Architect Robert Home Smith.

Most people who Baby Point Heritage Foundation members speak to react positively to the idea of an HCD, Loncar said.

“There are a lot of misconceptions concerning HCDs, that they’ll stop you from building an addition on your home, which it absolutely won’t. We’re interested in preserving the streetscape more than what you do inside your home. No one is interfering in regards to upgrades. We want to encourage people to take care of their homes.”

More information about HCDs and the Bloor Street West Planning Study will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, Doucette told her constituents, “I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality. There’s still more to do, but our hard work will help create better communities moving forward.

For further details, visit www.babypointheritage.com

Toronto to launch heritage studies of Bloor West Village and Baby Point neighbourhoods

News Mar 30, 2016 by Lisa Rainford Bloor West Villager

Members of Baby Point and Bloor West Village area community associations are in a celebratory state after the city’s recent approval to study Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) for both neighbourhoods this year.

“It’s really big for us. It’s a reason to celebrate,” Baby Point Heritage Foundation board member Danica Loncar said.

HCDs serve to ensure that historically significant areas are protected and Toronto’s cultural heritage values and characteristics are maintained, according to the city’s preservation services.

“We’ve been angling for this for the last three years,” said Jamie Isbister, president of the Bloor West Village Residents Association (BWVRA).

His group has been collaborating with the Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, the Old Mill Humbercrest Neighbourhood Association, and the High Park Residents Association.

“We’re tickled it’s been approved and funded. It’s one thing to be approved, the other thing was to get it through the budget process. We’ve passed those hurdles.”

The two HCD studies should commence in late fall, according to Parkdale-High Park Councillor Sarah Doucette, after the completion of the approved Bloor Street West Planning Study. A working group was established late last year in preparation of the approval, which meant that when it went through, residents were able to “hit the ground running,” Doucette said.

“There will be a great deal of community consultation open to everyone, so be prepared to think about what makes Bloor Street important to you,” the councillor said in her weekly e-newsletter.

The Bloor Street West Planning Study will serve as another tool for residents’ associations when in discussions with developers about what is appropriate for the area, Isbister said.

“It’s unusual for an HCD and Avenue Study to take place at the same time,” he said.

However, their overlapping will allow for information to be shared and all involved to be better informed, Doucette said.

All the groups involved are grateful to Doucette, who they say was “integral” to the process.

“We couldn’t have done it without her,” Isbister said. “She’s been very effective in advancing our cause.”

Loncar added, “Sarah worked really hard. She really tried to push it through.”

The Baby Point Heritage Foundation’s main objective is to move forward with an HCD designation, however it has an educational component as well.

“We like to get people engaged, to learn about the heritage. Baby Point has a rich and beautiful heritage both architecturally and environmentally,” Loncar said. “We do workshops and information evenings.”

The foundation is hosting its AGM on Thursday, May 26 at the Baby Point Clubhouse, 71 Baby Point Rd., at 7:30 p.m. There will be wine and cheese and will feature guest speaker Bill Whitla of The William Morris Society of Canada, who will speak about the Arts and Crafts Movement, an architectural style used by Baby Point Architect Robert Home Smith.

Most people who Baby Point Heritage Foundation members speak to react positively to the idea of an HCD, Loncar said.

“There are a lot of misconceptions concerning HCDs, that they’ll stop you from building an addition on your home, which it absolutely won’t. We’re interested in preserving the streetscape more than what you do inside your home. No one is interfering in regards to upgrades. We want to encourage people to take care of their homes.”

More information about HCDs and the Bloor Street West Planning Study will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, Doucette told her constituents, “I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality. There’s still more to do, but our hard work will help create better communities moving forward.

For further details, visit www.babypointheritage.com