U of T: please respect the community re. Robert St. facilities and 10 Editions residence!
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The University of Toronto demolished 32 houses in 1968-1969 to create recreation facilities on Robert Street (near Spadina and Bloor). Shortly thereafter, it came to an "exemplary" agreement with the City of Toronto to allow area residents to use the facilities' skating rink and tennis courts, with a 50:50 cost-sharing agreement. Since 1998 the rink hasn't worked (repair to chiller plant was to be U of T's sole responsibility) and garbage cans are being stored there, while the tennis courts are derelict.
What's more, the University wants to build a large student residence at Spadina and Sussex, where the 10 Editions bookstore is. The building is being considered for heritage designation through efforts of the community and City of Toronto, but U of T disagrees and wants to tear down the last heritage building on that block.
It would be great if one of Canada's leading institutions could find a way deed the land on which the rink and tennis courts are built to the City of Toronto to provide much-needed green space, and to respect the wishes of the community by incorporating the 10 Editions building into its residence plans (along with reducing the density of the proposed residence).
[We are handing out flyers in the area this Sunday, Dec. 10th - please pass them on to your neighbours!]
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