Downtown Toronto Alert: this could happen in your community
The building at 225 Brunswick Avenue has had a storied history. Originally a Gospel Mission Hall, later a synagogue to two congregations – Orthodox and Sephardic, serving Jews who had fled North Africa in the late 1950s – and later home to the Toronto School of Art. For the past 30 years it has provided office space for several environmental and non-profits groups.
225 Brunswick Avenue is to be converted to residential use, which is something the neighbourhood applauds. But this seven-unit luxury
rental will do nothing to increase the stock of affordable housing, and everything to provide a dangerous precedent. While disfiguring a fine old building in our community it will also require the removal of 50% of the green space in the public realm.
The proposal was under discussion for over two years before the local community was alerted, during which time Heritage Services failed to protect 225 Brunswick, despite its own research confirming the building’s historical and cultural significance. The neighbourhood’s opposition to the project’s nine significant variances were then ignored by both the Committee of Adjustment and our local Councillor.
Please help us fight for an appropriate and responsible rental conversion of this fine old building, one we can all be proud of.
Goal: $50,000 to help us cover legal and expert witness costs.
To learn more, visit our website at: save225brunswick.com
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