Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) Meeting January 12, 2010, TE 30.4 Request for Direction Report, 21 Avenue Road, Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning Applications

January 12, 2010

in Ontario Legislature Viewshed


Rosalind Dyers, Committee Administrator
Toronto and East York Community Council

We are writing to express our support for the recommendations contained in the staff report dated December 23, 2009.

The staff report ably deals with the implications of the re-development of this prominent site for the “view-shed” of the Ontario Legislative Building. It also provides a “Development Strategy” for considering future development at 21 Avenue Road and takes into account the view-shed analysis along with other contextual constraints. As well, the report recommends that the City support its refusal of the OPA and rezoning applications of the developer at the Ontario Municipal Board. The developer’s application should be vigorously opposed by the City at the OMB.

The report, however, fails to address the heritage merit of the existing structure. While the Four Seasons hotel at 21 Avenue Road structure was built in 1970, the report provides no comments on its architecture nor does it consider the heritage value of the existing modernist structure. FoNTRA recommends listing the property under the Ontario Heritage Act so that the City could monitor and support consideration of incorporating the existing tower into future development schemes for the property.

We would also strongly suggest that the City give further consideration to ways in which the view-shed may be preserved in the future and that these concerns are discussed with the Province. In this regard, Attachment 10 of the Staff Report should be re-examined and modified accordingly.

Finally, we wish to note that the grounds for our comments are twofold: first, the subject site lies within the area of one of the member residents associations of FoNTRA; second, FoNTRA frequently comments on matters that have a city-wide significance such as heritage protection.

Thank you for the opportunity to express our comments.

George MilbrandtPeter Baker
Co-Chair, FoNTRACo-Chair, FoNTRA
193 Wanless Avenue124 Sherwood Avenue
Toronto, OntarioToronto, Ontario
M4N 1W4M4P2A7

Cc: FoNTRA Representatives & Other Interested Individuals
Mayor David Miller and City of Toronto Councillors

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