Lots of materials have dropped on https://bloordundas.ca/.
I'll post a selection below.
First, from the cover letter, some unfortunate but understandable changes due to stalled negotiations with the school boards. It seems that after four years, Choice wanted to get moving on this:
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The plan, before and after:
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The stats, before:
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The stats, after:
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The new plan seems like a major downgrade in nearly every way. I hope it's just a hedge and that negotiations with the school boards continue.
New site plan:
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Same elevation with program overlay:
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Here's a cool diagram showing the massing of the proposed and approved developments in the area:
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I'll split some of the new renders into a separate post.
Ugh this is so frustrating, can they just please get to an agreement because this doesnt help any of the parties involved. I dont know what/who is holding up the initial plans but I have my suspicions it's the TDSB. The TDCSB moves relatively quickly with projects they have on the table, and the TDSB...well they have a very funny way of getting anything done and that's putting it kindly. Does it take a school to be at a near crumbling state for them to light a fire under their $@$# to get something done? It's a prime opportunity for them to replace a school, without having to go through the tricky route of phasing in a replacement school in the future so I dont know what on earth is the snag.
It's also possible Choice is playing very hardball with terms of agreement/phasing. I'd love to be the fly on the wall to hear what's going on with this.
Very valid points on all fronts.While I agree its frustrating, I wouldn't pre-judge the culprits/reasoning.
Its certainly an odd-ball situation in that the owner is the TDSB; but the occupier is the TDCSB.
A note here, if the TDSB moves to dispose of the site, as a matter of provincial law, they must first offer the site to other school boards, then to the city, before selling on the open market.
We don't know if the TDCSB is insisting on its right to make an offer; or if one of the French boards are...........
It's really important to get the facts out.......in the open.............where we can have an informed discussion of the issues.