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Discussion forum for recent developments affecting Downsview Park and adjacent community
 Downsview Lands Community Voice Association  
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Newsletter  579                                                  25 July 2020
   During the pandemic
Downsview Park becomes
   a people place
  • first time ever ???
  • evenings and weekends only
  • families / small groups / cyclists
  • parking lots full
  • park benches in demand
  • shaded areas under pressure
 

William Baker Update: second small group consultation completed
 
The Canada Lands Spring 2020 bulletin gives an idea of what kind of community this would be:

"A residential neighbourhood of ... approximately 3,500 units / 6,000 – 7,000 people would typically support a range of more local-serving/ neighbourhood retail and service facilities rather than large scale or significant concentrations of more regional-serving, “destination” type commercial offerings.

Some examples:
  • Food Stores (e.g. convenience, small grocery stores, specialty food stores);
  • Smaller scale general merchandise retailers (e.g. clothing store);
  • Local-serving finance, insurance/real estate offices (e.g. banking, insurance, real estate);
  • Healthcare practitioners (e.g. dentist, family doctors, etc.)
  • Food-services and drinking places (e.g. restaurants, cafés, etc.); 
  • Personal care services (e.g. drycleaners, pharmacies, etc.)
Artist's sketch of what the 3500 condo subdivision might look like if built near the integrated Downsview Park subway / Barrie GO Train  station.
 


An unexpected twist:
Will post-Covid-19 Toronto be the same as pre-Covid-19 Toronto ?
Before the pandemic Toronto was the fastest growing big city in North America
After the pandemic nobody knows what to expect

 

            
Northwood Developments / Canada Lands do a first on-line consultation for "the Downsview Airport Lands" on June 9


NOTE: this large property, a combined 520 acres, is 9 times larger than the William Baker development
                 

                       

NOTABLE: 13 consultant companies are helping the owners communicate
  • Design (4 teams): urban development, planning, architecture, landscaping
  • Technical (4 teams): transportation, sustainability, municipal infrastructure, energy
  • Communications (5 teams): engagement, public consultation, indigenous engagement, communications and design, future design
QUESTION: How do 13 separate parties communicate with each other during a pandemic ???
 

DLCVA Editorial: ON PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

1.  Is an on-line consultation a consultation?    (just wondering)

2.  What is it with the Official Plan (i.e. the Downsview Secondary Plan)?

    For Wm Baker, Canada Lands says the Plan is final .... has to be 3550 residential condos 
    For the Airport lands, Canada Lands says Plan has to change ... too much employment lands

    So we have the same owner making contradictory statements
    Anybody get the feeling that the big boys play by different rules ???

 
    WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE PARK


CANINE OFF-LEASH AREA 2 MONTHS AWAY  


 

FRIDAY NIGHT DRIVE-IN MOVIES



 
 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON KEELE ST. 
          (Cranes / power shovels, cement trucks hard hats)
















 



FIRE STATION NEXT TO MATTAMY HOMES


Spectacular site fronting on main street while backing on to picturesque settlement pond
Sprawling building and large parking area could be more environmentally friendly ???


 




A DOG-FRIENDLY SPACE: 
  • 200m from vehicular parking
  • entirely fenced-in   
  • double gate entry 
  • separate areas for large and small dogs
  • continuous proper drainage
  • dog-friendly surfaces 
  • 30 new trees
  • organic waste disposal 
  • Dogs to remain leashed in other areas of park










DOWNSVIEW PARK'S NEW POP-UP DRIVE-IN 

A Covid-19 special
Room for 175 cars
Screening is free but requires reserved tickets 
Strict rules on social distancing / audience interaction
6 portable toilets and 3 wash stations
(more washrooms than the rest of the park combined)
Next 2 shows: Friday August 7 and 21


Nice to see this part of the park being used !
Festival Terrace and its Great Lawn normally reserved for big-ticket events only













MATTAMY HOMES STARTS WORK ON 3 MID-RISES

Three buildings will have a common plaza
  • Main bldg (2995 Keele) 10 stories, 240 units
  • Middle building (Downsview Park Blvd)  7-8 stories, 168 units
  • Small bldg (George Burchart Dr) 4 floors, 48 units








 


 



DCLVA Board

Rosanna Iaboni    Secretary
Rita Delcasale       Treasurer

Albert Krivickas    VP
Linda Gagaro         Director
Pat O'Neill              PR
Josie Casciato       M-ship
Don DiProspero    Planning       

 


 

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