Estonian House – 954-958 Broadview Ave And 72 Chester Hill Road Development

As you may be aware, there have been ongoing discussions about the future of the Estonian House on Broadview Ave. The new proposal is for a 16 storey building containing 223 residential units, 91 underground vehicular parking spaces and 229 bicycle parking spaces.

In February I hosted a virtual meeting with the neighbourhood about the application for the Estonian House which was on the agenda for the February 24th meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC). At that February meeting City Planning recommended an official community meeting be held on the application.

Item TE23.55 – 954-958 Broadview Avenue and 72 Chester Hill Road – Official Plan Amendment and Zoning Amendment Applications – Preliminary Report – Update
http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.55

Click here for the full report on the application.

As you can see this proposal is for a residential building on Broadview with a height of 16 storeys consisting of 223 residential units and one retail unit. There is also a four storey addition that extends to the west portion of the site.

A portion of the most western edge of the site is proposed to be naturalized and conveyed to the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. The proposal also includes the retention, refurbishment and adaptive re-use of the heritage school which is designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

I noticed from a number of emails after our February meeting that many residents are under the impression that the Estonian House is covered by the Broadview Avenue Planning Study (BAPS) and are upset that this application was allowed to go forward.

City Planning have accepted this application for review even though it doesn’t adhere to the Broadview Avenue Planning Study because the provincial LPAT (formerly the OMB) excluded the Estonian House site from the BAPS in 2018. The decision planning staff will have to make is what is acceptable for this property given that it isn’t covered by the BAPS.

I have asked planning staff to spend considerable time at this consultation meeting explaining this so everyone is on the same page.

I have also met twice with representatives of the Helliwell, Playter and Chester Hill Thorncliffe Cambridge Residents’ Associations and assured them I will have a broad consultation process to provide opportunities for everyone to voice their opinions and provide feedback on this proposal.

Public Consultation Meeting

Date: Tuesday May 18th, 2021
Time: 7:00pm and 9:00pm

Join by Phone:
Before the meeting: Submit your comments in advance by contacting the planner or the Councillors Office.

Call in Details: The call-in number and meeting number will be provided a minimum of two days in advance of the meeting date at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations

Participants by phone will be able to ask live questions during the meeting by dialing *3.

Join Online:
A link to be used for joining the meeting online will be provided a minimum of two days in advance of the meeting date at http://www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations

For more information about how to join the meeting and how to participate visit Participate in City Virtual Engagement Events webpage.

An update report from City Planning can be found here.

If you are unable to participate in the meeting you can contact Seanna Kerr, the planner or the my office at [email protected] with your comments and questions.

City Planning Contact:

Seanna Kerr 
Senior Planner
City Planning Division
[email protected]
416-395-7053

You can see the formal City Planning Notice here.

I look forward to hearing from you on May 18th. Please share this notice with your neighbours.

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