JUN 19, 2013

906 Yonge - Ridpath 

There has been a lull in the past eight or nine months re: Ridpath Development discussions. Our lawyer, Michael Melling, submitted his report to Tim Burkholder, city planner assigned to this project, and our planning consultant, Wendy Nott, also met with Tim. We had expected to receive the city's report this month, but we've learned that the property owners have now applied directly to the OMB, citing the city's failure to respond in a timely fashion as their reason for bypassing a report they felt would not be in their favour.

I've received replies to my notes addressed to both Councillor Wong-Tam and Tim Burkholder and they are included here:

June 3, 2013.

Dear Joel,

Councillor Wong-Tam has asked me to respond to you on her behalf. I apologize for the delay.

Councillor Wong-Tam did receive notification that this application had been appealed to the OMB.  Individual residents or condo boards can apply to be a party to this appeal.  Here is a link to where you can find more about the process of the appeal:

The Councillor will move a motion at City Council to ask that we send legal and planning staff to represent the city's interests in this appeal.  Once the process is further along and we have a better idea of where the appeal is headed, Councillor Wong-Tam plans on bringing the working group together again to discuss the appeal.

You may wish to consult with your legal counsel about how they may or may not be able to represent you in this appeal.

I hope this is helpful.  Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Warm regards,

Melissa for

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Suite A5
Toronto, ON  M5H 2N2

(416) 416-392-7903


Good afternoon Joel,

I believe that the way it will work is as follows:

Planning Dept will write a "directions report" to September Community Council/Council cycle,

The report will give the background on the proposal and indicate that the applicant has appealed to the OMB on the grounds of 'failure to act' or failure of Council to render a decision on the application within a certain time frame.

The report will also request that Council direct City Planning staff to attend the Board hearing to give evidence on behalf of the City

I doubt that this request will be refused, so a planner will likely be in attendance to give evidence in chief and undergo cross-examination.

I hope that I've gotten this info to you in time for your AGM.  Have a good weekend.


JUN 17, 2013

Masonic Temple

London, Ont.-based IT company Info-Tech Research Group have bought the building for $12.5 million and plan to convert the storied venue in to a new location for its Toronto satellite office, currently located on Front Street East.

Windows that were sealed by Bell to shut out natural light will be opened up and original doors and fixtures removed and placed in storage will be rehung during the reconfiguration.

The sale should also ensure the building remains in its current state.

To see the full article please go to

FEB 13, 2012

906 Yonge – Ridpath Development

The official application for the Ridpath Development has been submitted to the City Planning Office – the renderings posted in the lobby represent the proposed plans.
As you already know from past newsletters, the process has been in active discussion for a full year, and the working group struck by Councillor Wong-Tam – a group comprising her office, representatives from all the neighbouring buildings and ratepayer associations (Joel Greenberg, Mark Cracknell and Gee Chung from 15 McMurrich), the city planning office and the applicant (architect, lawyer, several consultants) – spent the better part of three months this past summer trying to arrive at some measure of consensus. The results of all this time and energy, as defined by the lobby posting, are less satisfying than we had hoped. I should add, however, that the meetings did lead to a variety of concessions were made the original architectural plans.

The Boards of 15 McMurrich, 900 Yonge and 914/20 Yonge have decided to submit a formal response to the city. Tim Burkholder, the planner in charge of the project who will write the official report and recommendation, will receive our submission in good time so that he can incorporate it into the document that he will send to Committee. In order to provide the clearest, strongest response, we have agreed to hire a lawyer and a planner, both of whom have considerable experience and success with what the task demands.

The process we intend to follow is this:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->members of the Boards of the three buildings will meet on Thursday, February 16 to define the focus of our response, ensuring that we are a united group and that we reflect the top priorities of each of our corporations. 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->the lawyer and planner will meet with the Boards, having read the application and our top priorities, and  recommend how best to proceed, what best to argue and how. 

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->residents from all buildings, including Board members, will have the opportunity to meet with the lawyer, the planner and Councillor Wong-Tam. The proposed priorities will be the focus of this meeting – there will also be adequate time to raise questions, concerns etc. The date currently being considered is Tuesday, February 28 – as soon as we can confirm that we have all of the information and personnel required to meet this date, there will be a confirmation notice posted with adequate lead time provided.

For anyone wishing to respond before this meeting, please do so in writing. You may email, using the link on our web site (, or leave your note with the Concierge.

We are all deeply aware of the seriousness of this situation and the stress that it is creating. It’s our intention to act responsibly for all of our residents and for the good of the neighbourhood.

Thanks for your understanding, patience and support.

APR 14, 2010

32 Davenport Developers' Update

In the next few weeks we will begin work to start clearing the area where the future condominium sales office will be located on McMurrich Street. This will include the removal of the detached home (12 McMurrich) and the semi-detached homes (18-22 McMurrich). The offices of Moriyama and Teshima (32 Davenport) will remain as they will continue to occupy same until a later date.

Demolition work will be completed by Lions Demolition and we expect that it will take roughly a week to complete the demolition and removal process. We have expressed the importance of being sensitive to the needs and concerns of our neighbours and Lions will be taking extra measures to do its best to inconvenience you as little as possible.

FEB 01, 2010


32 Davenport Road & 12-22 McMurrich Street (former Moriyama Lands) 
Lifetime Urban Development
Tucker High-Rise is the construction company responsible for 32 Davenport.

The developer is hoping to remove the townhouses just north of Moriyama, where their sales office will be situated, in March-April 2010 (licenses pending) and the sales office will open later in 2010.
The Moriyama-Teshima offices will be vacated at the end of July 2010, at which time the developer is hoping to continue construction.

The developer intends to maintain contact with our building throughout the excavation and construction process. They are mindful of some problems created by the current work where The Florian will be, and they want to assure us that they intend to make this as neighbourly an undertaking as possible.

The 28-storey condominium building, including a 4-storey podium, 166 units and 165 parking spots in five underground levels, accessible from McMurrich Street, was approved by City Council in October 2009.

A Section 37 Agreement secured:
a. $550,000.00 be paid prior to the issuance of the first above-grade permit towards the Greater Yorkville Residents’ Association (GYRA) Yorkville Greening Initiative 
b. $15,000.00 to be paid prior to the issuance of the first above-grade permit towards the Yorkville Lending Library’s Centenary Project 
c. $335,000.00 to be paid prior to the issues of the first above-grade permit towards capital improvements at Budd Sugarman Park and Ramsden Park