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Settlement Agreement reached for 18 Brownlow (Now known as 71 Redpath)

Together we can make a difference!

After nearly 3 years and countless hours, we finally reached a settlement for the 18 Brownlow (71 Redpath) development.It was a team effort involving our councillor, Josh Matlow, city planning and legal staff and the community.

After 5 Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pre-hearings and 2 years, we obtained a number of major concessions from the developer. Throughout all of this we enjoyed Josh’s very active support.

The development was scaled back from two towers and a large podium to one tower only, with a dramatic reduction in units (from 463 to 180) and parking spaces (from 302 to 137).

In addition, we gained the following major concessions:

  • A much smaller, standalone garage with its own ramp.
  • A three-storey podium at the base of the tower with a more neighbourhood-friendly townhouse design, to integrate more closely with the homes and townhouses along Soudan and Redpath.
  • A small park at the northeast corner of Soudan and Redpath, with possibly funding for the design and construction of the space.
  • Ample setbacks of the project from the Soudan and Redpath street edge, providing room for plantings.
  • Increased space between the townhouses of 83 Redpath and the new tower.
  • A reduction in height from 24 to 21 stories, lower than its “twin” at 11 Lillian (under construction) and lower than the 83 Redpath condo tower (the 11 Lillian tower has 19 storeys, but some of the floors have very high ceilings).

We wanted a tower no taller than 14 storeys, but with all the concessions we already negotiated, and after numerous attempts, the city, our team and Josh Matlow were only successful in negotiating a reduction to 21 storeys.

The development had been appealed to the old OMB, which has a reputation to render unpredictable and at times, unfavourable decisions. Both our and the city’s lawyers and planners, advised us to settle to lock in our gains. They explained there were too many recently approved tall towers on Soudan with similar or greater heights that created a negative precedent. Attempting to win further height reductions in a contested OMB hearing would risk losing our concessions and possibly result in restoring the full 24 storeys.

As we were told at the start, at the OMB, no one goes away 100% happy.

Fortunately, these kinds of battles are coming to an end. The abolition of the OMB means that future developments will have to abide by city planning rules. We thank Josh Matlow for his tireless pursuit over many years championing the abolition of the OMB. The end of the OMB was finally proclaimed on April 3, 2018.

That and the nearly completed new city planning blueprint for midtown (Midtown in Focus initiative) should restore a sense of planning control in our neighbourhood.

Now it’s time for a big THANK YOU to all the residents who helped oppose this huge development. It’s the theme of our upcoming SERRA Annual General Meeting: “TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE”. We hope you will join us at our AGM (see the flyer here).

A big THANK YOU for all the donations and for making our yard sale so successful. When the dust settles, we hope there will be some funds left to oppose another potential legacy OMB development at 700 Mt Pleasant Rd, right next door to “18 Brownlow”.  Also, not to be forgotten, there remains the vacant portion of the 18 Brownlow site!

 

 

Public Consultation Meeting – 18 Brownlow (January 17, 2018)

January 19, 2018 Update: Thanks to everyone who came out to the public consultation meeting. Read the South Bayview Bulldog article by clicking here. Note: This revised application is for 174-188 Soudan Ave and 71-73 Redpath Ave. _______________ 18 BROWNLOW DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC MEETING We need your voice. Your opinion counts! There’s a new proposal – ONE HUGE TOWER OF 24 STOREYS! City planning wants COMMUNITY input Date: Wednesday January 17, 2018, Time: 6:30 PM, Location: BEST WESTERN HOTEL, (808 … Read morePublic Consultation Meeting – 18 Brownlow (January 17, 2018)

18 Brownlow – Making progress but the fight continues ….

November 2017 Update with pictures included at the end of the update below: It’s hard to believe, but this development has been at the OMB for more than TWO years now and we aren’t even at a stage yet of a full Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing, where both sides put forth their arguments about “good development” (now scheduled for May, 2018). Instead it has been about procedural issues of the developer NOT complying with city planning … Read more18 Brownlow – Making progress but the fight continues ….

SERRA’s No To Brownlow Yardsale on CBC News

Toronto neighbourhood group needs $65K to fight against developers …so it’s holding a yard sale South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association needs at least $65K to go to OMB A neighbourhood group in north Toronto is organizing a yard sale on Saturday hoping to raise the tens of thousands of dollars it needs to help pay for its three-year fight against a proposed condo development in the area. The South Eglinton Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association … Read moreSERRA’s No To Brownlow Yardsale on CBC News

More than 75 people turn out for June 6, 2017 NoToBrownlow Town Hall Meeting

More than 75 residents attended the NoTo Brownlow Town Hall Meeting at the Church of the Transfiguration on Tuesday June 6, 2017. Councillor Josh Matlow, SERRA president Andy Gort, SERRA Vice President Jane Auster, and NoToBrownlow “hood hawks” leader Barry Marshall provided an update on the development application at 18 Brownlow Ave / 200 Soudan Ave. The NoToBrownlow group shared information about how residents can stay informed: visit NotoBrownlow.com, Like their Facebook Page or follow @NoToBrownlow on Twitter. We would like … Read moreMore than 75 people turn out for June 6, 2017 NoToBrownlow Town Hall Meeting