GCA Advocacy

St. Patrick’s Market

October 1, 2019 from CBC News

After years of legal battles over empty Queen West market, city wants to ‘take it back’

Map of Interventions

The Grange is situated in the centre of the downtown of Canada’s largest city, and our neighbourhood has many sites and features attractive to residents, businesses and tourists. Every day, thousands of people travel to, from or through the Grange by car, on foot, or on streetcars and bikes. Our neighbourhood regularly hosts film shoots, parades, and other large-scale events. It is a residential neighbourhood, a business centre, and a tourist destination. OCAD University and the University of Toronto are here, together with the Art Gallery of Ontario, University Settlement Recreation Centre, boutique hotels, one of Toronto’s Chinatowns, the hospital district and its associated research facilities, and the Queen Street West Heritage Conservation District.

We work to maintain the liveability and appearance of the neighbourhood while ensuring that a diversity of activity is welcomed.

We work as members of planning and development committees with our colleagues in other neighbourhood associations and city departments.  We maintain cordial relationships with architects, developers, analysts and planning lawyers.  We often intervene formally on issues affecting specific addresses at decision-making bodies such as Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment and the Ontario Municipal Board. Some examples follow.