What To Save? Re: Roncesvalles Dundas Planning Study

Planning Study announcement is now at the end of this article.

Proposed for Conservation

Here is what may be most valuable. What do you think? Comments please.

What Roncesvalles Avenue used to look like. Posted by Derek Flack / July 26, 2012

Roncesvalles, Toronto. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Roncesvalles history group reveals the rich history behind local street names2016-10-10

Dundas West | Roncesvalles Peace Garden. June 7, 2016 by kkkoski

Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden

Roncesvalles Ave east side | Sunnyside Historical Society

Roncesvalles Ave west side | Sunnyside Historical Society

Roncesvalles Dundas Planning Tour Oct 27 5-7 pm.
Date: Thursday October 27, 2016
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Place: Grafton Avenue Park (southeast corner of Grafton Avenue Roncesvalles Ave. just north of Queen St W) We will meet at Grafton Avenue Park, southeast corner of Grafton and Roncesvalles Avenues, walk north along Roncesvalles to Dundas,  and continue east on Dundas to Sorauren Avenue.

Roncesvalles and Dundas West Study Kick-off Meeting

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Fern Avenue Public School – 128 Fern Avenue

See some ideas in pictures and tell us yours!

 The City of Toronto is undertaking a Planning Study of Roncesvalles Avenue between Queen Street West and Boustead Avenue, continuing along Dundas Street West to Sorauren Avenue. The study focuses on the built form and physical character within the study area and how to approximately accommodate future growth. This includes examining building envelopes, height and massing, heritage assessment and streetscape and landscape improvements. More information is available at <www.toronto.ca/roncesvallesdundas>. Click here for more information

Your input is important to this process. To register for the walking tour, please contact the City Planner, Aviva Pelt at 416-392-0877 or apelt@toronto.ca. If you are unable to attend this walking tour, please forward your comments to Councillor Perks at councillor_perks@toronto.ca and/or Aviva Pelt, City Planner at apelt@toronto.ca. I hope to see you on October 27th.

Councillor Gord Perks, Parkdale/High Park- Ward 14, Email: duffyk@toronto.ca , Office: 416-338-5174 , www.gordperks.ca
News on Other Developments: 57 Brock, 11 Brock and  6 Noble

57 Brock Avenue, 7 Stories.

An application for Rezoning was submitted on June 30th, 2016 regarding proposed construction. The applicant is proposing to construct a 7-storey residential building containing 106 units and 73 parking spaces.

A pre-application meeting with the community was held on April 13th, 2016, prior to the application being submitted. Concerns raised include the building height and density, and the effect on neighbourhood traffic, among others.

Planning staff will now review the application and will be holding a community meeting in the near future – details of which will be shared when available. In the meantime, please view details of the application and development online at:


The progress of this development can also be followed on our website at: http://gordperks.ca/location/6-noble-street/p />

11 Brock Ave, Parking Lot.

The Toronto Parking Authority is in discussion to purchase the land from the provincial government where they will, in the short-term, look to operate a surface parking lot. In the longer terms they are seeking the construction of affordable rental housing units with an included public parking garage.

6 Noble St. 14 Stories.

An application for a Zoning By-Law Amendment was submitted on September 15th, 2016 from applicant 6 Noble Street Developments regarding proposed construction at 6 Noble Street.

The applicant is proposing to construct a 14-storey, mixed use building containing commercial use on the ground floor, with 174 residential units above.  The applicant also proposes the inclusion of 76 parking spaces in a below-ground parking garage.

A pre-application meeting with the community was held on June 20th, 2016. Concerns raised on that day included building height and density, among others. Planning staff will review the application and will be holding a community meeting in the near future – details of which will be shared when available.

Eden Smith and Three Carnegie Libraries
Thu Oct 20, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
High Park Community Room
Architect Andrew Pruss will discuss Eden Smith’s architectural practice in Toronto of the 1910’s; specifically his commission to design three new Carnegie Libraries for the Toronto Public Library. The High Park, Wychwood and Beaches Branches.
Part of High Park’s Centenary Celebration.

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2 Responses to What To Save? Re: Roncesvalles Dundas Planning Study

  1. Eric Charron says:

    With respect to the city’s investigation, I would hope that a secondary plan for the area being looked at will be established that determines appropriate characteristics and massing for future development. These types of plans are being developed in many neighborhoods throughout the city experiencing significant growth and act as guidelines with which to direct planning applications – to give developers an idea of what the city and community are expecting.

    For Roncesvalles and Dundas Street West, I believe the most critical issues are to maintain the 25-foot-wide ground floor storefront typology with residential above. Also to maintain existing public spaces while encouraging new squares (at street corners or mid-block for events, patios or simply walking/sitting space) and to identify building’s or exteriors that display heritage attributes that are contributing to the character of the area and tell its story / history and push the city to list or designate them – aka churches, the Carnegie library, theatres (Revue).

    Regarding architectural aesthetics and colours / materials, I believe the neighborhood to be an evolving life form that will continue to shift. The existing palette of materials speaks to changing styles and uses which is part of the story of the neighborhood. An effort to pick out specific buildings with heritage attributes worth retaining would be a worthwhile effort as part of this study.

    • jack gibney says:

      Eric Charron is a Staff Architect with a keen understanding of our historical architecture. Thank you Eric.

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