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“109OZ”: height of an eight storey building; nine storefronts wide; one 12,000 square foot retail space; adds 70 more cars to the block; garage uses Argyle Place as a driveway; exiting cars cut across a pedestrian link to Trinity-Bellwoods Park, Givins-Shaw and Senhor Santo Cristo Schools, and the Argyle-Robinson Bikeway. All of these would create massively destabilizing incursions on the neighbourhood, its built form, its business community, and the safety and security of its children and active transport methods.
Ossington is a 200 year old historical street; the business community centers around Ossington’s status as a citywide destination; this status is in significant part due to Ossington’s character and the charm of its historical buildings; Ossington is not an Avenue designated by the Official Plan for residential intensification; Toronto already has enough condos in the pipeline to meet its twenty-year population targets; there is no compelling reason to erase the character of the street when there is still plenty of room to grow within this character. The memory, history, business ecology, and character of the district require protection, not destabilizing incursion.
Thirteen districts around Toronto already have Official Plan Amendments to protect lowrise character: none are west of Kensington and seven are in the upscale areas of Rosedale, Casa Loma, Yorkville, and the Annex; Ossington has the historic status of a 200 year old street; for many years Toronto’s cultural dynamism has for many years centered around the West End; Ossington is a beloved destination citywide; the New York Times has repeatedly singled out Ossington as the center of Toronto’s attractive areas for tourism. Ossington deserves protection for its character; to withhold it would be strongly suggestive of “class-based planning”.
The Trinity-Bellwoods neighbourhood is thriving and well-functioning; converting Ossington into an Avenue would cut the neighbourhood in half; there is plenty of room for intensification on the neighbourhood’s Avenues, Queen and Dundas; Ossington’s central location means that large buildings there would create a citadel effect, dominating the entire neighbourhood. The quality of life of thousands of residents and visitors would be negatively impacted by intensification on Ossington; Queen and Dundas would be able to absorb needed intensification with a much lower overall impact.