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U of T Construction Updates: UTS & Robarts Common

University of Toronto Schools Renovation:

  • Week of March 11  Entrance restoration continues.  South stairwell to be demolished.
    On March 14, demolition of 713 Spadina Avenue commences. This will take approximately 2 weeks to complete.  During the demolition, one can expect higher than usual noise levels and potentially higher dust levels.  We recommend keeping windows closed during this time.
  • Week of March 25   Demolition of garages located behind 4 and 6 Washington Avenue. Community members can expect to see activity on the work site along with standard construction-type noise

Robarts Commons:
For the most updated information, please refer to the following link:

Overall, work will take place from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and which adheres to the City of Toronto noise bylaws.

Additional contact:  Sean O’Molloy, Senior Project Manager, Project Management, University of Toronto, Ph 416-978-8163 or


Public Meeting – As-of-Right Zoning for Secondary Suites – March 20 at City Hall

To be held by the Planning and Housing Committee
(Under the Planning Act)
Request to Amend the Zoning By-law for the City of Toronto 569-2013
As-of-Right Zoning for Secondary Suites
DATE: March 20, 2019
TIME: 9:30 a.m. or as soon as possible thereafter
PLACE: City Hall, Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

Reference: As of Right Zoning for Secondary Suites – PH3.1

Community Planning Meeting – Spadina-Sussex “Community Area” – March 4, 2019

Huron Sussex residents are invited to a series of meetings to help determine the future of the “Community Area”, a 1,590m2 (17,115 sf) piece of land located at the northeast corner of Sussex Avenue and Robert Street. U of T is looking for your ideas and recommendations for this future open space.

The University is planning on constructing a new student residence, along with a townhouse complex at the corner of Spadina and Sussex. As part of a rezoning process, the University will be improving some of the lands to the west of the project, including the Robert Street Playing Fields and the Community Area.
A committee, including the Ward Councillor, a University representative and a nominee of the Harbord Village Residents’ Association (HVRA) have been tasked with determining what improvements will be made to the Community Area.
All are welcome to learn more about the project and provide recommendations for the design.

Drop in to the Open House

Monday, March 4, 2019, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
UTS – 371 Bloor Street West, Room 139
(Entrance off Spadina Avenue at Matt Cohen Park)

Please hold your calendars for future meetings:

Meeting #2Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Meeting #3Tuesday, May 7, 2019

For more information and to join the mailing list, please contact:

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Update – UTS Construction Timetable 2019

The first two stages of the UTS Building Project:

  1. 713 Spadina Avenue demolition & abatement:
    Hoarding starting Jan 23
    – Abatement starting Jan 28
    – Demolition starting Feb 11
    – Pavement work starting Feb 25
    – Re-locate hoarding Mar 3
    NOTE: Parking access through Spadina will be restricted from Jan 23 to Mar 5. During this period, access to UTS parking lot and resident parking on the north side of Washington will be through the laneway, east of 2 Washington Ave.
  2. UTS Building – 371 Bloor early works:
    – Interior hoarding starting Feb 4
    – South stair demolition & abatement starting Mar 4
    Sean O’Molloy, Senior Project Manager, Project Management – 416-978-8136 or
    – Monday to Friday 8AM – 6PM:   Laurina Mintzer 416-408-1019, Gloria Cuneo 416-978-0630
    – After Hours & Weekends:   Campus Police, Non-Emergency 416-978-2323, Emergency 416-978-2222

    For further information – here is the link for U of T Construction Updates in Huron-Sussex, including Robarts Common, Laneway Housing & Playground and UTS (University of Toronto Schools) & Huron-Washington Park