Ontario Municipal Board

The Ossington strip is getting a condo mid-rise, whether it wants one or not The Ossington strip is getting a condo mid-rise, whether it wants one or not

After more than two years of opposition by neighbourhood residents, the inevitable has happened: the Ontario Municipal Board has given its go-ahead to 109OZ, a six-storey, 87-unit condo building planned for the site of a former auto-repair centre on the Ossington strip, near Argyle Street. The OMB’s decision preempts any attempt by city council to… Read more »

Quoted: David Mirvish can’t believe the city won’t embrace his Frank Gehry m... Quoted: David Mirvish can’t believe the city won’t embrace his Frank Gehry mega-development

I’m bemused because I thought I would be welcome with open arms, and that there wasn’t a more appropriate place for this type of activity than this block on King Street. —David Mirvish, on the unproductive, year-long negotiations with city planners over his proposed condo mega-project designed by Frank Gehry. The city is balking at the King… Read more »

The threat of a big-box development is still alive in Kensington Market—but so... The threat of a big-box development is still alive in Kensington Market—but so is Casa Acoreana

The developer hoping to build a big-box development on the western edge of Kensington Market isn’t giving up. After both the city’s committee of adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board rejected its application for a 12,000-square-metre shopping centre on Bathurst just south of College, the RioCan-backed company has now applied for a zoning amendment, which must go through city council. That… Read more »

How a small group of farmers and wealthy weekenders made the Melancthon mega-qua... How a small group of farmers and wealthy weekenders made the Melancthon mega-quarry protest a cause célèbre

An unexpected casualty of Toronto’s building boom is the sleepy southern Ontario township of Melancthon, where an American hedge fund plans to excavate $6 billion worth of limestone. By Sasha Chapman Melancthon’s windswept highlands spread out like a grand table underneath the sky. At 1,700 feet above sea level, southern Ontario’s highest point, the air… Read more »

Does one tall tower inevitably lead to more? Residents near U of T think so Does one tall tower inevitably lead to more? Residents near U of T think so

The University of Toronto created a stir earlier this year when news surfaced about an agreement with Knightstone Capital Management to build a 24-storey student residence south of College Street, between Spadina and Huron. Residents weren’t thrilled at the prospect of 800 (possibly) soused-up and raucous students living nearby, and worried that one high-rise in the… Read more »

Mid-rise developments, not towers, are the new enemy in Toronto condo battles Mid-rise developments, not towers, are the new enemy in Toronto condo battles

Now that condo towers have sprouted on most of the available tracts of land downtown, developers are opting for mid-rises in neighbourhoods known for their single-family homes. The two most high-profile battles against the builds are over the six-storey Lakehouse Beach Residence (it’s been called both a “monstrosity” and an “abortion”) and the six-storey 109 Ossington Avenue… Read more »

Kensington Market staves off a potential Walmart—for now Kensington Market staves off a potential Walmart—for now

Take heart, condo towers, you’re not the only vehemently opposed developments around town anymore—a proposed retail building on the fringes of Kensington Market has residents, local business owners and councillor Mike Layton all riled up. On Wednesday, the Toronto-East York Committee of Adjustment rejected a rezoning application from RioCan to demolish the old Kromer Radio site on Bathurst and… Read more »

Rob Ford has a very small…group of supporters on council Rob Ford has a very small…group of supporters on council

Rob Ford championed a dry issue in yesterday’s council meeting, arguing that the city could save about $200,00 a year by no longer hiring outside planners to appear at the Ontario Municipal Board hearings. Uncharacteristically, the mayor got up to move motions and take questions—but his efforts to stop the hiring in three cases were… Read more »

The Anti-Ford: Kristyn Wong-Tam believes Toronto is in better shape than you’r... The Anti-Ford: Kristyn Wong-Tam believes Toronto is in better shape than you’re being told

In her first year on city council, Kristyn Wong-Tam hogged the spotlight with proposals to ban shark fin soup, save bike lanes and found a municipal bank. She’s a charismatic lesbian immigrant art lover who once lived on the street—the exact opposite of our mayor in every way By Nicholas Hune-Brown The first time Kristyn… Read more »

Toronto city council asks to leave the OMB; developers aren’t into it Toronto city council asks to leave the OMB; developers aren’t into it

Buried under the talk of the city’s transit battle is news that city councillors asked the province to exempt Toronto from the Ontario Municipal Board’s jurisdiction (in case you aren’t familiar with the OMB, the Toronto Star describes it thusly: “a quasi-judicial board, which hears appeals of zoning decisions and frequently overturns council”). Because its members… Read more »

Taking a cue from developers, Parts and Labour goes to the OMB to plead their pa... Taking a cue from developers, Parts and Labour goes to the OMB to plead their patio case

Two weeks ago, Jesse Girard and Richard Lambert, the pair behind Parkdale’s Parts and Labour, went before the Ontario Municipal Board for the last stage of their protracted fight for a 180-person rooftop patio. We caught up Girard to find out how the hearing went and catch up on Toronto’s ongoing war on fun.

Danforth condo development sparks controversy—but this time the building’s h... Danforth condo development sparks controversy—but this time the building’s height isn’t the problem (hint: there’s arson involved)

If you follow Toronto’s real estate beat, you’re probably familiar with the basic life cycle of condo development in the city, so please excuse us if we’re a little unfair to all sides for brevity’s sake. First, a developer proposes constructing something higher than a two-storey home. Then, the community objects to the preposterous height… Read more »

Ontario continues not to care about how Toronto looks Ontario continues not to care about how Toronto looks

One of the sleepiest of sleepy controversies in this city surrounds (almost literally) the legislature at Queen’s Park. The issue at hand is the north-facing vista of the parliament buildings, and the problem is that the more condo towers are erected along Bloor Street, the more the Ontario legislature’s scenic backdrop looks cluttered and unsightly. Local… Read more »

Reaction roundup: Ford’s private subway financing faces its first critics Reaction roundup: Ford’s private subway financing faces its first critics

Mayor Rob Ford’s plan to finance an extension of the Sheppard subway line with private money and higher taxes along the Sheppard corridor is a big change from the way the city has done things in the past, so it’s no surprise that the idea is meeting some skepticism. Here’s a short roundup of what… Read more »

Vista-marring condos to go up behind Queen’s Park Vista-marring condos to go up behind Queen’s Park

The pink palace that houses the Ontario Legislature is about to lose a bit of its charm. Yesterday, Dalton McGuinty said the construction of two high-rise condo towers behind the provincial legislature wouldn’t meet any further opposition from the provincial government, much to the dismay of legislative Speaker Steve Peters. The crusading Peters has been… Read more »