The site of the previous Dominion Regalia Limited flag store has been purchased by the Scott Mission.
I have been informed that the Scott Mission plans to open a Family Centre on this site in later this year. Their plans for the Scott Mission O”Connor Family Centre include a child care centre, a food and clothing bank, a community kitchen, and an after-school program.
These are all permitted uses under the current zoning by-law so no planning approvals are required from the City of Toronto. This property falls within the O’Connor/Bermondsey Business Area that is zoned Mixed Commercial Industrial (MCI). I have been informed by City staff that the uses proposed by Scott Mission fall within the MCI definition.
The only applications required are building permits for the renovations. The building permit requires a Record of Site Condition from the provincial Ministry of the Environment for change of use from warehouse to child care.
The revised building permit application complies with the Former East York Zoning By-law, however, the building permit can not be issued until Toronto Building department receives the Record of Site Condition from the Province of Ontario.
The Scott Mission contacted me after they purchased the property and I requested them to:
- Visit and hand deliver a letter to their most immediate neighbours in O’Connor Village
- Distribute a letter to their neighbours on the other side of O’Connor Drive
- Put information about their plans for this property on their website
- Hold a community meeting to answer questions and concerns of residents about their programs and services
The Scott Mission agreed to undertake each of these steps. Their letter to residents is available on their website www.scottmission.com/pages/oconnor.
A date for their community meeting has now been set. The Scott Mission invites their neighbours to come learn about their plans and discuss your questions or concerns on Thursday January 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm at 1550 O’Connor Drive.
The contact person for this project at the Scott Mission is Jeff Johnson. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-923-8872 ext. 302.