President’s Report Spring 2015

Apr 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Spring 2015

This fall will mark the Thirtieth Anniversary of the formation of our association. Things change. The 3,000 seat bar/restaurant that was at Greenwood Racetrack has been reduced to a 50-seat betting parlour and we now have clear guidelines for new development along Queen. We out-lived the race track but are now in need of new volunteers to serve on the board and bring in fresh ideas.

This year we added Areej Hasso to the board but we are losing Bill Hurst and Lynn Wilson, as they are moving out of the Triangle. We thank Lynn for her work with police liaison, greenery and the upcoming Dixon Bike Fest, and Bill for his work on Zoning.

Three new developments have been proposed that have to conform to the new guidelines: the barber shop that will be added to the 200 Woodbine condo, the professional building going in to the west of Beach Dental, and a new six-storey condo on the KFC site. The Mennonite church has been granted permission to add to their building.

Also of note is the ‘land swap’ between the school board and the parks department. The space in Woodbine Park that was reserved for a school will now be a soccer pitch. In return the school board gets a 999-year lease on Pantry Park, on which they will not be allowed to build, as it will be a playground for Kew Beach School. With a new playground, this leaves the school board free to sell the playground frontage on Queen to a developer.

The BTRA board has made donations to the Police Week picnic and to the friends of Jeff Sloan Parkette.

We have met with our councillor Mary-Margaret and voiced our concerns about pedestrian safety at the Woodbine/Kingston intersection. The empty retail along Queen continues to be a concern, with 1,000 square feet now for lease (formerly the Champions betting parlour). Finally, changes are coming for Kew Gardens and the Kew Williams Cottage.

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