City Planning is still reviewing the application for rezoning the property, but at this point, is satisfied with the built form of the proposal as presented in the last community consultation. City Planning will recommend approval of the application when it is presented to Toronto and East York Community Council.
The plan has changed from the original in several ways including:
- Setting back the front of the building to align with 192 Jarvis and the Hazelburn Coop
- Removing the rear extension of the building
- Raising the height to 30 storeys from 27 storeys to recover some of the units lost by removing the rear extension
- Adding a second level of underground parking
The City is looking into securing the following items as Section 37 benefits:
- Offsite streetscape and park improvements
- Affordable housing and/or community/cultural/recreational space improvements in the local area
- Offsite laneway improvements
- TCHC capital improvements
The planner is not at liberty to disclose the amount or distribution of the Section 37 benefits. However, it is known that $250,000 is being directed to streetscape improvements on Jarvis Street. The group of 192 Jarvis and Hazelburn residents that worked on a joint position as to where these funds should be directed identified streetscape improvements on Jarvis between Dundas and Shuter as their top priority. Their recommendation was accepted by the boards of both buildings.
An Environmental Assessment was completed for Jarvis Street several years ago, and it identified the areas appropriate for streetscape improvements. That study would have to be updated. Also several years ago, Section 37 funds from the development of the Rogers Headquarters near Bloor were secured for streetscape improvements on Jarvis. That money was never spent, and is still available for improvements to the northern part of Jarvis. Securing the funds from the Ryerson Residence is likely to re-initiate the environmental assessment process, which will include public consultation, including the input of area residents.