Plan addresses safety at John Fisher P.S.
Parents raise $10K for review of developer’s construction plan
Students of John Fisher Public School may not have to relocate after all. KG Group, the developer behind a 35-storey tower to be built next door, has released a detailed construction management plan that claims to address all health and safety concerns raised by parents.
Nathan Katz, senior vicepresident of planning and development with KG Group, said the safety of students at John Fisher Public School is the number one priority.
“Seven engineers and consultants contributed to our enhanced construction management plan, all of whom are experts in their respective fields of noise, dust, vibration, traffic and air quality. The plan clearly states that we can safely build next to John Fisher Junior Public School, and we see no reason for students to relocate during construction,” he said.
Taylor Roberts, a local parent whose child attends the school, said parents want to be thorough in their understanding of the plan.
“When you read things [in the plan] closely, you realize, oh, this could be argued the other way as well,” Roberts said.
Which is why parents have raised $10,000 to have a third-party review the 700-page report.
According to Roberts, some outstanding issues remain: the school will likely have to relocate its playground.
“It requires the school to put its own mitigation measures up. It’s absurd.That’s basically what’s buried in there,” he said.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) retained Environmental Consulting Occupational Health (ECOH) to conduct a risk assessment, which was released April 21. Although ECOH found some risks to be unavoidable, the report said strict enforcement of all
mitigation measures would allow students to attend school safely.
“Failure to diligently adhere to all mitigation measures can have serious consequences,” it reads.
KG Group’s request for a demolition permit for the building at 30 Erskine Ave. has been deferred three times and will head to North York Community Council again on May 2.
Katz said any suggestion there is a safety issue at 18-30 Erskine Ave. is
unfounded. However, councillor Jaye Robinson, of Ward 25, Don Valley West, said demolition should not continue until the construction management plan is complete.
“It hasn’t been properly vetted by all the respective divisions and stakeholders,” she said.
TDSB will host a public meeting about the risk assessment at North Toronto Collegiate Institute, at 7 p.m., on May 3.
Taylor Roberts standing on John Fisher Public School’s playground, immediately next to the construction site