Queen Street updates

City Council adopted the recommendation from Toronto and East York Community Council on approving the Reserve Properties development proposal at 1960-1962 Queen Street East. However, there is still work to be done regarding future development on Queen.

Ward 32 councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon’s oft-mentioned ‘visioning’ study is set to get underway this week, with the first meeting set for Saturday, June 16, at the Toronto Fire Academy on Eastern Avenue. The session, which will be run by a third-party facilitator, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. McMahon is encouraging all Beachers to attend and share their thoughts and ideas.

Meanwhile, a committee making an application to the city for a Queen Street East Heritage Conservation District (HCD) is looking for public input. The application is set to be submitted on June 15, with the group meeting one more time, at 7 p.m. at Community Centre 55 on Thursday, June 14.

Anyone who would like their thoughts submitted with the application should answer one or more of the following questions, and email answers to wayne.clutterbuck@rogers.com: should Queen Street East (from Coxwell to Fallingbrook) be designated an HCD, and why; describe your understanding of the general history of the Beaches area and Queen Street East; and describe the character of Queen Street East and the Beaches ‘spirit’. Organizers need as many responses to one or all of the questions as possible by Friday, or bring answers to the meeting on Thursday.

The other questions the group is looking for input on are where the Beach ends, at least in regards to who should vote on a potential Queen Street HCD – Queen, Kingston Road or the rail line – and whether renters or just property owners should be able to vote.


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