Build a Better Bloor Dufferin

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Build a Better Bloor Dufferin (BBBD) is a group of residents, local business owners, artists, service organizations, and members of the local school communities dedicated to the sustainable development of the Bloor Dufferin neighbourhood as it changes with the proposed new development at the southwest corner of Bloor and Dufferin Streets. We have come together over our shared concern and enthusiasm for a potential development for the site. As people who live and work in and around the public land sold by the TDSB, we understand that this new development, and the creation of a new Community Hub and daycare, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build something that truly benefits and enriches our community and the city at large. This 7.3-acre plot is the last major piece of public lands along the Bloor subway line; as such, we are committed to the best possible use of it as a public asset. As the development process moves forward, we believe the community has valuable input to offer the city planning department, province and developer.

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Petitioning Kathleen Wynne, Christina Martins, Ana Bailao, Indira Naidoo-Harris, John Tory, Mitzie Hunter, Han Dong, Julie Dzerowicz

Fast-Track Funding Now for Bloor-Dufferin

We, the undersigned, call on the Provincial Government to provide adequate funding to ensure that the massive private redevelopment of public land and public facilities at Bloor and Dufferin is not a disaster for our community. This funding needs to be provided now, before the provincial election, to ensure that this development will include our community’s need for a robust community hub, adequate public green space, affordable housing, and a proper rebuild of Bloor Collegiate. Reinvestment in our community will ensure good planning. The Provincial Government has approved the sale to a private developer of the 7.3 acres that Bloor Collegiate and Kent Public School sit on.  The developer is paying at least $121 million. The developer plans to build 2,200 expensive condo units of mainly one-bedroom and studio apartments. Meanwhile, our community will lose historic community schools with auditoriums, meeting places and a swimming pool. We will also lose 7.3 acres of public land, public playing fields and public basketball courts. This development should make our community better, not worse. The Province needs to act now to turn this development into a once-in-a-generation opportunity to sustain and strengthen our vibrant neighbourhood, rather than disrupt and diminish it. We call upon Premier Kathleen Wynne to fast-track proper funding for this site BEFORE THE PROVINCIAL ELECTION. We call upon the Premier to allocate $48.5 million for the following basic community needs, to ensure that this site serves as lasting asset for our community and for the City of Toronto for generations to come: At least $10 million of additional funds for the rebuild of Bloor Collegiate. Land (valued at $15 million) for a 200-unit building of deeply affordable and supported housing, in addition to 10% affordable units integrated into the proposed condo buildings. At least $16.5 million of additional funds for a community hub of 70,000 sq. feet as envisioned by the multi-stakeholder Community Hub Visioning Group. At least 0.5 acres of additional land (approx. $7 million) for public recreational green space to relieve the already overused Dufferin Grove Park.     

Build a Better Bloor Dufferin
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