City sup­ports Rosedale home demo

His­toric prop­erty could soon be­come a con­do­minium

North Toronto Post - - News - — Jes­sica Wei

There is no ques­tion among all the ex­perts that 7 Dale has sig­nif­i­cant her­itage value.”

The fu­ture of a con­tro­ver­sial de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion to de­mol­ish a her­itage prop­erty in or­der to build a mod­ern condo build­ing at the site of 5, 7 and 9 Dale Ave., in the South Rosedale Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict, is closer to be­ing de­cided.

The prop­erty at 7 Dale Ave., one of three bun­ga­lows up for de­mo­li­tion, was built be­tween 1944 and 1945 by prominent Toronto ar­chi­tect Gor­don Adam­son. In Au­gust 2016, an ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted to the city for a four-storey condo at this site by Vista Plat­inum, a real es­tate devel­oper.

A new res­i­dents group, My Rosedale Neigh­bour­hood (MRN), was formed to help pro­tect 7 Dale Ave. and lobby for the City of Toronto to up­grade the home’s her­itage des­ig­na­tion from a cat­e­gory C to B, to el­e­vate it to a prop­erty of city­wide sig­nif­i­cance. Ac­cord­ing to her­itage con­ser­va­tion dis­trict (HCD) by­laws, a cat­e­gory C build­ing can be de­mol­ished if its pro­posed re­place­ment is equally, or more, con­sis­tent with the her­itage char­ac­ter of the dis­trict.

Sep­a­rate re­ports from City of Toronto, Plan­ning staff as well as the Her­itage Preser­va­tion Ser­vices (HPS) op­posed the de­mo­li­tion of the build­ing, based on the ini­tial de­vel­op­ment plans.

The last time Toronto City Coun­cil de­lib­er­ated on this prop­erty was in July, when it was re­vealed a new set­tle­ment pro­posal, ahead of a pos­si­ble Lo­cal Plan­ning Ap­peal Tri­bunal hear­ing, was be­ing ne­go­ti­ated be­tween staff and the devel­oper.

New plans were re­sub­mit­ted by the devel­oper, which plan­ning staff deemed sat­is­fac­tory. The ad­justed plans in­clude reusing ex­ist­ing paving ma­te­ri­als and re­tain­ing cer­tain her­itage char­ac­ter­is­tics, as well as in­creas­ing set­backs.

“The set­tle­ment of­fer re­sponds to the con­cerns raised by HPS and sat­is­fies the guidelines re­gard­ing the de­mo­li­tion of the three Cat­e­gory ‘C’ build­ings,” states the re­port.

Staff iden­ti­fied sim­i­lar build­ings built along Dale Av­enue, which jus­ti­fied the height of the pro­posal.

“HPS staff have con­cluded that the de­mo­li­tion of 5, 7 and 9 Dale Av­enue and the re­place­ment build­ing are ac­cept­able,” the re­port states.

“We were ob­vi­ously very dis­ap­pointed es­pe­cially be­cause there is no ques­tion among all the ex­perts that 7 Dale has sig­nif­i­cant her­itage value,” said Kathy Lee, founder of MRN.

City coun­cil will vote on whether to sup­port ne­go­ti­a­tions to­ward the set­tle­ment when it re­turns in De­cem­ber.

Vista Plat­inum did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

L–R: A sign protest­ing the Dale Av­enue de­vel­op­ment; the prop­erty at 7 Dale Ave.

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