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LRT realignment proposed

Today, stakeholders in the immediate vicinity of the proposed Cleary LRT station and media were briefed on a proposed change to the LRT route around Cleary Avenue (see inset, click to embiggen). The new route will turn south sooner to the east, which effectively makes it possible to have a proper station fronting onto Richmond Road, and takes the line out of the Unitarian campus property.


Community Info Session: John Howard Society - 55-59 Carruthers

A community Information Session regarding the proposed John Howard Society development at 55-59 Carruthers

On April 29, 2015, Council approved the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) capital plan that aligns with the City’s 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan.  The three priorities for new developments that were approved as part of the report are as follows:

·        Affordable Rental Housing for Seniors;

·        Supportive Housing; and

·        Mixed Composition Housing


On first blush, a big federal move on housing

It will, as usual, take time for observers to fully understand the implications of the federal budget, but several housing items have captured analysts' and stakeholders' attention as important. Several items are critical to cities. Housing is a massive imperative, and I'm often in a difficult spot to respond to residents on how we can address it.


Drive-through proposal for 70 Richmond

I and community stakeholders received word this week that Main & Main, which owns the recently heritage-designated gas station at the corner of Island Park and Richmond Road, has applied for permission to build an addition to add a drive-through to the site for a "high end coffee shop".


Mechanicsville food truck "rally" proposal

This week, in Newswest, Lorrie Marlow wrote an excellent piece touching on her concerns about a recent food truck "rally" proposal at Richcraft's Parkdale Avenue site. The proposal, for the corner of Lyndale and Parkdale, is for up to three food trucks during weekdays - but only after property owner, Richcraft, receives a demolition permit for the two houses and former Cottage restaurant.


READ Public Consultations: Round 1 this Saturday & Tuesday

Over the past few weeks, our office has been working with READ [Rosemount (library) Expansion And Development], both in promoting their advocay efforts and in helping facilitate their public consultation sessions. We connected READ with Wesley Petite, who facilitated our public consultations for the re-development of Reid Park. Wesley is now working with READ to facilitate their consultation sessions and we are excited that the first round of consultations will be getting underway this weekend. As with our Reid Park consultations, there are multiple parts to this process.


John Howard Society in Mechanicsville - FAQ

My office has been fielding more questions about the John Howard Society proposal for transitional housing on Carruthers Avenue. In advance of a public meeting tentatively scheduled for April 11, we've asked for the following FAQ document to answer some preliminary questions.

John Howard Society: 55-59 Carruthers Development

What is the John Howard Society?


Need a ride? Bus available for the Community Info Session for the New Civic Campus Redevelopment

Need a ride to the information session on Monday, March 7 for the New Civic Campus Redevelopment? We've got a bus!

On a first come, first serve basis we are accepting names to take a bus to the information session located at 200 Coventry Road. The details are as follows:

Monday, March 7


Seeking 2 child-care providers for 4, 3-hour sessions over March and April

Parents! We are looking for 2 responsible child-care providers for 4 events over March and April. Do you know any? Reliable family babysitter? Interested teenager?

Information Session: Redevelopment of 900 Albert St

Information Session:  Redevelopment of 900 Albert St
Tues, March 8th 6:00-8:00pm
Orpheus Musical Theatre Society (17 Fairmont Ave)