CCQLD holds annual meeting

The annual general meeting of the Concerned Citizens for Quarry Land Development (CCQLD)  was held at Birchcliff Bluffs Church on Jan. 23. About 75 local people braved the Arctic chill to attend. They were provided with an update on the recent actions at the quarry land site, and to elect the 2013 CCQLD Board of […]

Queen Street guidelines approved

After a dozen deputations both for and against, and many months of Beachers fighting passionately both for and against, Toronto and East York Community Council ignored a small but vocal group of objectors, and unanimously voted in favour of a new set of urban design guidelines, created after a months-long visioning study process instigated by […]

Queen Street rules draw protest and support

Well over 200 people crowded into the Kew Beach Public School gym on Oct. 23, for a meeting organized by the Beach Residents Association of Toronto (BRAT), responsible for the ‘Save Queen Street’ campaign, which has featured lawn signs, robo-calls and the resurfacing of former politicians. The group is opposed to a proposed set of […]

Visioning study gets underway

On June 16, nearly 80 Beach community residents participated in the first of a series of meetings that comprise the Queen Street East Visioning Study.  The meeting, held at the Fire Academy on Eastern Avenue, was facilitated by Nicole Swerhun, an independent facilitator, and also included several City staff from the planning and development divisions. […]

Six storeys approved by Community Council

Despite months of growing opposition to the six storey condo proposal for 1960-1962 Queen St. E. – currently the home of a Lick’s restaurant – Toronto and East York Community Council voted unanimously on May 15 to allow the project to go ahead. Dozens of Beach residents attended the Community Council meeting to voice their concerns […]

Looking past Lick’s to a new era of community input

It’s been a long and difficult haul, but on May 15, the Toronto East York Community Council voted unanimously in favour of approving the development application at 1960-62 Queen East. Community residents were on hand at city hall to share their frustration with the planning and consultation process, a frustration all members of the Community […]

Queen Street Heritage nomination raises questions

The application for a zoning by-law amendment at 1960-1962 Queen St. E. – generally known as the ‘Lick’s development’ – will have been heard and voted on at Toronto and East York Community Council (TEYCC) on May 15 by the time this story reaches readers. In the meantime, a small group of local residents are meeting […]

1960-1962 Queen on to Community Council

The big day is approaching for several resident associations opposed to a six-storey development at 1960-1962 Queen St. E., generally referred to as the ‘Lick’s development’, since the proposed building would take the place of the burger restaurant at Queen and Kenilworth. The plans for 1960-1962 have been filed with the city’s planning office, and […]

Taming Queen developments

It’s fun to see your own community on TV. However, a March 15 segment on Global News about the glass condo blitz on Queen in the Beach was sad to watch (tinyurl.com/6p54fjw). It covered the problems associated with development, such as increased street parking, traffic congestion and TTC short-turns. Local historian Gene Domagala described how […]