Citizen politics, unlike party politics, does not seek to change government, but to improve it by watchfulness, oversight and advice
- Ursula Franklin

Official Opening of the new Huron & Washington Parkette

Residents of Huron Sussex
(especially kids & parents)
are invited to the
Official Opening
of the new (temporary) playground & parkette
at Washington & Huron
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

The short ceremony (ribbon cutting) will include brief remarks from
Ward 11 Councillor Mike Layton & MPP Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) and HSRO Co-Presidents, Zoe Newman & Julie Mathien.

Come and meet your neighbours to kick off the new school year!
See you there!

Update on Huron Washington Parkette

  • TEMPORARY PARKETTE (406 Huron St at Washington Ave):
    Toronto Parks staff will begin installation of the playground equipment on Thursday & Friday, June 27 – 28. Prior to this, their subcontractor is prepping the land (excavation, fence, grade & sod).
  • Pending any further delays, the parkette should be open to the public after July 10 once inspections have been passed, according to Councillor Mike Layton’s office.
  • Unfortunately, somebody decided to remove the slightly storm-damaged mulberry tree, which was a perennial draw during the summer for kids & adults looking for ripe mulberries.

U of T Construction Updates: UTS & Pilot Laneway Houses on Huron Street

University of Toronto Schools Renovation:

Please be advised that the following work will take place on the University of Toronto Schools’ construction site in the coming days and weeks:
Week of April 15, 2019
 Arrival of shoring steel continues.
 Abatement of 371 Bloor Street.
Week of April 22, 2019
 Abatement of 371 Bloor Street continues.
 Spadina access will open by April 22, 2019 at 7 am. Following the opening of this access point, the Washington/Huron laneway access point will be closed (signage will be placed when this occurs redirecting parkers to the Spadina access point).
 Drilling & heavy construction activity and noise levels are anticipated beginning approximately for a period of 4 to 5 weeks:
 A large drilling rig will be on site to perform cassion drilling for shoring the construction area closer to Huron Street in order to excavate the area.
 This noisy work is scheduled daily (Monday to Friday) 7 am to approximately 3 pm. We advise tenants to prepare for this noisy work by keeping windows closed and to consider daily plans as a result.
Work will and may take place from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm; Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm, which adheres to the City of Toronto noise bylaws.

FOR FURTHER UPDATES on this and other neighbourhood construction projects, visit our notice board outside of 375 Huron or our website at:


366/368 Huron Street – Prototype Laneway Houses

April 2019

Phase Three  This project, which will see prototype lane way housing constructed at  366 and 368 Huron Street, is now expected to be largely completed by November 15, 2019.  The contract was awarded to Index Construction. The work will involve the construction of 1 infill single family residence and 2 small laneway houses.

Week of April 15: Index will be onsite doing measurements

Week of April 22: Work commencing will include minor excavation to facilitate site servicing, removal of existing day care space and some trees.

Late April, early May: Arrival of prefabricated exterior wall panels and slabs, which were chosen to speed up construction process. Lane way obstruction is possible at this time and a crane will be in use to place panels.

Noise work will be restricted to 1 pm to 3 pm weekdays, as per municipal by-laws.

Future updates will be posted at the earliest opportunity.

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

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