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

Huron-Sussex Neighbourhood Housing Consultation on November 22 at 7:30 pm

Huron-Sussex Neighbourhood Housing  Consultation
November 22, 2017 7:30-9:30pm
St. Thomas Anglican Church, Church Hall, 383 Huron Street


The University of Toronto has retained NBLC and Brook McIlroy to develop a housing strategy for the St. George Campus. This study focuses on family housing (not single student housing) within the Huron-Sussex and Charles and Yonge Street communities. The goal is to create a vision for this unique and diverse housing portfolio that will support the future growth of stable and successful communities.

In 2014, a Neighbourhood Plan was created for the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood, which consists of more than 80 properties that house a mix of long-term residents, new faculty, visiting faculty and a few student families. The Plan provides recommendations for physical changes to this community, including laneway housing, new mid-rise buildings and public space enhancements. The Housing Strategy will augment this Plan by developing a vision for occupancy and resident composition.


We would like your input on draft directions for the University of Toronto Housing Study for the St. George Campus. Please attend the upcoming public consultation for the Huron-Sussex neighbourhood to discuss your vision for housing in your community! Participation for the entire 2 hour session is not required.

No previous consultation attendance is required. A supervised children’s activity table will be provided.

HSRO – Neighbourhood Housing Consultation Session – Oct 26 at 7:30 pm

Huron Sussex Neighbourhood Housing Consultation Session
October 26, 2017
7:30 – 9:30 pm

St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall
383 Huron Street

From 2012 to 2014, the Huron-Sussex Residents’ Organization, the University of Toronto, two successive Ward 20 City Councillors and the broader Huron-Sussex community worked together to develop the Huron-Sussex Neighbourhood Plan. The plan provides recommendations for physical changes to the community, including laneway housing, new mid-rise buildings and public space enhancements. The housing strategy is part of the implementation phase of the plan and will augment it by developing a vision for occupancy and resident composition.

The October 26 consultation will be specific to Huron-Sussex. It is also part of a larger project to create a vision for both Huron-Sussex and the UT student family housing buildings on Charles St. The goal of the project is to create a plan that will support the future growth of stable and successful communities in these two locations. The project is being led by N Barry Lyon Consultants and Brook McIlroy. Both firms worked on and wrote the Huron-Sussex Neighbourhood Plan.

Toronto Mandolin Orchestra – Fall Classic, Oct 29 at Trinity St. Paul’s Church

The Toronto Mandolin Orchestra will hold its Fall Classic on Sunday, October 29 from 3:30 pm at Trinity St.Paul’s Church, 427 Bloor Street West.

For more information, click here.

Huron-Sussex Community Garden is Getting a Mural



HSRO has received a grant from Street Art Toronto to work with an artist to create a mural on the fence behind our community garden.

We primed the fence last weekend, and we’ll paint the design (weather permitting) on Saturday, September 30 from 3:00-6:00 PM.

Come on out and feed your inner artiste. KIDS WELCOME.

Many thanks to the U of T Housing Office for contributing paint and Above Ground Art Supplies for a discount on other materials.

Housing Strategies in Huron Sussex

Dear H-S Resident,
You have received a letter from University of Toronto staff requesting participation in a focus group about housing strategies in Huron-Sussex. The focus group will provide input on the following questions:

  • To whom should the University provide housing, and why?
  • What role does a campus housing community (run by the institution or its students, faculty, staff or other stakeholders) play in supporting the academic mission of the institution?
  • What kind of family/individual needs should be accommodated?
  • How changes in family dynamics influence housing choice; and
  • How housing needs are balanced with affordability?

The focus group is part of the housing strategy project that supports the implementation of the Huron-Sussex Neighbourhood Plan. Brook McIlroy and N. Barry Lyon Consultants, the consultants who developed the plan, are also leading the housing strategy project. HSRO is a member of the project steering committee and helped select the consultants.

Resident voices are critical to the success of the housing strategy project. We encourage you to participate in the focus group. If you wish to do so, please contact Gloria Zangari Cuneo at or 416-978-0630, preferably by August 16.

The focus group is scheduled for August 24 at 3:00 at 229 College St., 2nd Floor, Room 220.

Zoë Newman and Julie Mathien,
Co-Presidents, HSRO Board of Directors.