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MDCA eblast -  -  July 3, 2020

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Patio Dining at Golden Crisp, and more
Party by the Pond Cancelled
Locust St Development  
TRCA releases Black Creek Study

Urban Arts needs maintenance help 
BIA Looking for information 

Party by the Pond

With gatherings still limited to 250 people outdoors, and social distancing, Party by the Pond 2020 will be virtual.  Party by the Pond has been our chance to meet with the community at an event involving literally everyone, from long time residents to young soccer players, avid fishers to people walking their dog.  It brings us all together outdoors, to share our natural environment.  So today, a few words and images on the  back story.
History Over 100 years ago, the Church of the Good  Shepherd ( now known as St Mary and St Martha’s) organized annual Country Fairs, as shown in the picture, circa 1920.  More can be learned at ........

Full report at 

Locust St Development

The City has now released its preliminary planning report on this proposal (submitted February 2020) for a 32 storey tower on top of a 3-storey podium on the north side of Locust St. - 35 storeys in total. As proposed, the development will have 374 apartment units, plus underground parking for 154 motor vehicles and 381 bicycles. 10% of apartments will have three bedrooms, 26% will have two bedrooms & the rest will all be 1-bedroom units (some with dens). Three existing rental units on Locust will be demolished, but replaced in the new building. The east end of Locust will be widened to create a turning circle for vehicles.
To make this entire proposal work, the owners plan to merge their properties at 8 – 16 Locust Street with part of the 15 Oxford Drive apartment building’s property. Overall, the new residents will have 1,161 square metres of “outdoor amenity space” – 3.1 square metres per unit; but this will be shared with residents of the existing Oxford Street building. The new building will also include2 square metres  of “indoor amenity space” for each unit.
This matter will be item 4 at the upcoming July 14th Etobicoke York Community Council meeting, starting 9:30 a.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre. Members of the public can speak at the meeting if they have concerns.
Black Creek Engineering Study

 Black Creek at Rockcliffe Special Policy Area Flood Remediation and Transportation Feasibility Study has been completed, of special interest to people living near the creeks.  Briefly stated, the federal government will be asked to pay using climate change funds, for an environmental study, a 100m bridge at Jane, a 50m bridge at Rockcliffe, and deepening/widening the channels on Lavende and Black Creek from Cliff to Jane.  Full details at

Urban Arts Needs Maintenance Help

Although on-site activities are curtailed, Urban Arts facilities need maintenance work, and they are considering hiring a person to do minor repairs and yard maintenance.  Ths person would need to provide tools and supplies and to work unsupervised.  Hours or work have some flexibility.  If you are interested in providing these services, please email Marlene McKintosh <> 

BIA Business and Lighting Review

The Mount Dennis Business Improvement Area needs information on two topics.  The decorative lamp standards often need bulb replacement, but that requires someone to check them after dark, long after the businesses have closed.  So if you see a decorative lamp out of service, please drop them a line.  Another information gathering ask, it is difficult to determine which businesses are open, which are closed temporarily, and which are now permanently closed.  The BIA is disappointed that rent reductions are not available despite the high vacancy rate. Please email to assist.

Patio Dining

The city has offered to relax rules about serving food on the sidewalk or other outdoor spaces, and our own Golden Crisp has now converted part of their rear parking area into a patio with a few well spaced tables!  Royal Bakery ( Weston at Ray ) has also set up tables in their parking lot.  We hope other restaurants follow in their footsteps.  Both Meechies  (bbq) and supercoffee have benches where diners can sit to enjoy their food. 

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