Saturday, August 11, 2018

Who is old Oldstonehenge


Oldstonehenge has been active in the GTA since 2009. They specialize in gentrifying neighbourhoods, and they strive to influence these transforming regions by increasing the value of their properties. Their success is attributed to smart planning and their visionary leader Michael Dobrijevic. He was able to distill his vision down to four principles that he calls The 4D Model.
Part of the reason this developer works in gentrifying neighbourhoods is their promise to become thriving communities of the future. In each project they undertake, they are committed to create purpose-driven projects that will transform communities and resonate with the citizens of today and tomorrow.

Toronto is transforming a little more everyday. It was once an industrial hub, but today those swathes of industry brown fields have been replaced with mixed-use developments made up of markets, employments centres, and condos. The GTA is now filled with pockets of neighbourhoods where residents can live, work, and play, and it is partially thanks to this development company.
There would be no Oldstonehenge if it weren’t for their visionary leader Michael Dobrijevic. Michael had an illustrious career before starting his own company. He was a prominent member of Riocan Real Estate Investment Trust’s management team, with whom he worked as the Director of Leasing and Development for six years. In this position, he was able to grow Riocan into one of the country's largest REITs by building its assets from $15 million to over $1 billion during his tenure.
After this impressive run, Michael worked as a Managing Partner and Senior Vice President of Development and Leasing with Bentall Kennedy in their retail division. He was able to create consistent returns of over 22% for his investors in this role.

Bolstered by his impressive string of successes, Michael opened his own company in 2009. Since this time, he’s played an influential role in the Toronto Real Estate industry as a leader in redevelopment and revitalization. In 2014 to 2016, Michael would take on two roles, as he also performed as the Chief Investment Officer for Trinity Development Group.
He has been able to distill his formula for success down to four principles that he calls The 4D Model. The 4 D’s are Discover, Design, Develop, and Deliver. This straightforward path to development seems simple enough, but it is a guide that ensures that this developer will stay on the right track and never lose its way.

The 4D Model outlines how a developer should seek out a strategic site where they see potential to raise the value of the property. From there they need to design projects that are a good fit. Does the design properly integrate with the existing neighbourhood? Does it enhance the dynamic of the region? These are important considerations. Next they need to build properties that will last for generations. This will ensure that they create long term value for their partners, retailers and communities.
One example of this philosophy is their recent Rosedale project. This mixed-use development encompasses 60,000 square feet and is adjacent to the award-winning redevelopment of the clocktower on Summerhill Station.
This company is one of the younger developers in the GTA, but they still benefit from decades of experience thanks to their founder and visionary leader Michael Dobrijevic. He has been able to take his deep understanding of the real estate and investment industries to create projects that transform entire neighbourhoods. Together with his company, Michael will continue to lead the GTA towards a brighter future.

Previous Projects

433-435 Parliament Street
This was a redevelopment project in the historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood. They acquired this historical building and decided to celebrate its past by keeping its traditional Victorian facade. The interiors, however, were updated to embody the essence of modern day living. The outdated rental apartment units in his development were upgraded to include new hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. This redevelopment was completed in 2011.
549 College Street
This is a 4,500 square foot purpose built development for the LCBO. This downtown address was in dire need for additional retail, which is exactly what this project was able to deliver. It is located in an ideal urban location surrounded by condos, cafes, and clubs. It also has excellent transit in the form of streetcar lines that run down College Street. This development was completed in 2010.

Pacific and Dundas W CONDOS PROJECTS 2018


from the companies site,


A definitive mixed-use development with office, retail and residential.


Revitalization of the Junction is now legendary in Toronto. The stylish semi’s, cool church and warehouse loft conversions even new boutique condos make this a hip address for young professionals and urban cool families. Supportive locals and lots of visitors are drawn to the new rising chef’s restaurant, industrial chic vintage antiques, indie design and d├ęcor stores, hipster barber shops and coffeehouses.



from the councillors site,

Pre-Application Meeting for 2946-2968 Dundas St W - Thursday, April 5

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the West Toronto Baptist Church (3049 Dundas St W), the proponents, Oldstonehenge Development Corp, for 2946-2986 Dundas St W (the property including Junction Train Platform), will be hosting a development pre-application meeting for a proposal that has not yet been submitted to the City. Doors open at 6:30 pm, presentation at 7 pm. The proposed mixed-use development seeks to redevelop the site with commercial and residential uses. I will be attending this meeting.

2706, 2708, 2710, 2720, and 2730 Dundas Street West - Zoning Amendment


2706, 2708, 2710, 2720, and 2730 Dundas Street West - Zoning Amendment Ap
plication - Request for Directions Report

City Council Decision
City Council on July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 30, 2018, received Item TE34.23 for information, City Council having adopted Item CC44.38.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information
City Council considered Items TE34.23 and CC44.38 together.

Background Information (Community Council)
(June 14, 2018) Report and Attachments 1-11 from the Acting Director, Community Planning, Toronto and East York District - 2706, 2708, 2710, 2720, and 2730 Dundas St. W. - Zoning Amendment Application - Request for Directions Report

Communications (Community Council)
(June 25, 2018) Letter from Christl Mittendorfer (TE.Supp.TE34.23.1)
(June 27, 2018) E-mail from Daphne Dales (TE.Supp.TE34.23.2)
(June 25, 2018) E-mail from Marlene Bernholtz (TE.Supp.TE34.23.3)
(June 28, 2018) E-mail from Jim Baxter (TE.Supp.TE34.23.4)
(July 3, 2018) Letter from Tina Leslie  (TE.Supp.TE34.23.5)

(July 3, 2018) Letter from Ken Sharratt (TE.Supp.TE34.23.6)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Michelle Fobert (TE.Supp.TE34.23.7)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Stephen Cameron (TE.Supp.TE34.23.8)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Margaret Marissen (TE.Supp.TE34.23.9)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Donald Miller (TE.Supp.TE34.23.10)
(June 28, 2018) Letter from James Baxter (TE.Supp.TE34.23.11)
(July 3, 2018) Letter from Catherine Nasmith, Architectural Conservancy Ontario (TE.Supp.TE34.23.12)

(July 2, 2018) E-mail from Catherine Illingworth (TE.Supp.TE34.23.13)
(July 2, 2018) Letter from Jonathan Peck (TE.Supp.TE34.23.14)
(June 25, 2018) E-mail from Neil Ross (TE.Supp.TE34.23.15)
(July 2, 2018) E-mail from Ruth Caspell (TE.Supp.TE34.23.16)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Peter and Helen Ness (TE.Supp.TE34.23.17)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Harry H. Cornelius (TE.Supp.TE34.23.18)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Ed Barreveld  (TE.Supp.TE34.23.19)
(July 3, 2018) Letter from Dawn Buie (TE.Supp.TE34.23.20)
(June 25, 2018) Letter from Volker Masemann (TE.Supp.TE34.23.21)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Michael Young (TE.Supp.TE34.23.22)
(June 28, 2018) E-mail from Claire Lyons (TE.Supp.TE34.23.23)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Carmen Victor (TE.Supp.TE34.23.24)
(July 3, 2018) E-mail from Chloe Gatkowski (TE.Supp.TE34.23.25)
(July 4, 2018) E-mail from Jennie Punter (TE.Supp.TE34.23.26)
(July 4, 2018) Submission from Jim Baxter (TE.Supp.TE34.23.27)
(July 4, 2018) E-mail from Raymond L. Kennedy (TE.New.TE34.23.28)

The Junction Condos is a New Condo development by Oldstonehenge-Development-Corporation located at Pacific and Dundas W, Toronto.

 Full text of (July 3, 2018) Letter from Catherine Nasmith, Architectural Conservancy Ontario (TE.Supp.TE34.23.12)

July 3, 2018

Members Toronto East York Community Council ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVANCY TORONTO Members Etobicoke-York Community Council ONTARIO

Re: Development Proposals in the Toronto Junction

Agenda Items No. EY 32.2 2978-2988 Dundas Street West and 406-408 Pacific Avenue - Zoning By-law Amendment and Rental Housing Demolition and Conversion Applications

 TE34.8 2639 Dundas Street West - Zoning Amendment Application - Final Report

 TE 34.23 2706, 2708, 2710, 2720, and 2730 Dundas Street West - Zoning Amendment Application - Request for Directions Report

We are taking the unusual step of writing simultaneously to two community Councils regarding the future of the Junction Neighbourhood, specifically the main streets at its heart, Dundas, Keele and Annette. We are hoping that Council will put in place a holding bylaw under the Ontario Heritage Act to allow completion of the Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Phase I planning before new development irrevocably changes the historic character of the area.

For years, local residents have been requesting an HCD to protect this most important neighbourhood. Because The Junction was once an independent municipality it contains all elements, relatively intact, of its historic fabric. At long last, City Council has voted to make The Junction HCD a priority, and it is anticipated that the study and plan process will begin very shortly. Unfortunately, the delay in starting has put the City in the difficult position of facing four separate development applications without adequate heritage policies in place to measure the development proposals' compatibility with the historic fabric.

ACO Toronto has taken a particular interest in the future of the Junction. During the winter and spring of 2018, ACO Toronto worked with Ryerson University's Urban Planning Department students to explore Tthe Junction neighbourhood, taking a closer look into The Junction's rich architectural history. Their findings recognized the Junction's uniqueness in its collection of fine-grained, rhythmic, strikingly individual architectural buildings. These buildings host a number of independent businesses that are the backbone of this community. New development tends to push out these smaller businesses due to the sky-rocketing rents and larger floor plans that are usually only more affordable for larger companies. The Junction is a living, breathing, vibrant area and new development proposal need to consider and capture what makes this community unique and special. The indicators the students selected showed that the existing community has a multitude of activities within the older building stock which have significant value. Any major redevelopments risk eroding the significant physical, social and economic value that is unique to this area.

So often, the success of an area created by the incremental investment of local entrepreneurs attracts larger scale investment, setting the stage for the main streets' demise. In cities around the world, conservation districts play a role in shaping development to fit and keep what made the area attractive. Toronto is rapidly losing the 19th century commercial fabric that has been the secret of its success for over 206-401 Richmond Street West Toronto ON M5V 3A8 4165984144 The past Our present Your future a century. Leaving the Junction to the roulette wheel of development applications will lead to the sterilization of one of the city's last surviving commercial strips.

While the City will be challenged to complete the necessary research and public process to complete both the HCD study and plan within the one year holding period, with community collaboration it can be done. For example, Harbord Village HCD Phase One was completed in one year. ACO Toronto is prepared to continue to devote our scarce resources to research support. We need Toronto City Council to hit the pause button and create a time window to do the planning needed to keep one of Toronto's most interesting communities for the future to enjoy.

Yours truly,

Catherine Nasmith, OAA, FRAIC, CAHP President ACO Toronto

C.C. Mary MacDonald Councillor Gord Perks councillor Councillor Sarah Doucette councillor

206-401 Richmond Street West Toronto ON M5V 3A8 4165984144 The past Our present Your future

Monday, December 21, 2015

How to Build a Better Greenbelt

Posted by Josh Kohler on May 27, 2014

How to Build a Better Greenbelt

*– Part 3 of our series on The Big Review –*

full article here

Ontario's Greenbelt Plan was established in 2005, creating a permanently
protected landscape made up of 1.8 million acres of green space,
agricultural land, existing settlements and natural heritage features and
systems. The Greenbelt is a key component of Ontario's growth management
strategy that directs development away from rural areas that contain
significant agricultural assets, environmental systems, natural resources
and recreational opportunities that are central to sustaining a high
quality of life for rapidly-growing communities in the Greater Golden
Horseshoe (GGH). The Greenbelt Plan works along with and reinforces its
sister Plan, the Growth Plan, which provides direction on where and how
growth should occur. As the largest of its kind worldwide, Ontario's
Greenbelt Plan is both an ambitious and contentious piece of legislation
that affects a diverse range of stakeholders from upper, single, and lower
tier municipalities to farmers, residents, businesses and developers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Public email

The city is proposing ....unprecedented policies that will allow the city to sell off the names of public spaces and bring in aggressive advertising into them, including parks and playgrounds.

TPSI has analyzed the policies and their potential impacts on your community and its members. The stakes are high. These policies are set to pass on November 29th and will impact your community for years to come.

Highlights of our report include:
-identification of loopholes that allow 'honourific' names to be sold to the highest corporate bidder
-a non-competetive bidding process that has already shortchanged the city
-a change to the street naming policy to take out restrictions on naming streets to facilitate advertising
-virtually unlimited authority delegated to staff to enter into massive advertising deals
-usage of the term 'etc' to broadly define the scope and type of advertising that can be brought in
-the inclusion of BIAs in a consultation process to the exclusion of all other stakeholders
-a severe lack of community consultation and notification requirements
-research and reports, such as a 2008 TTC report on the experience of other major transit system with corporate naming
-letters from major corporations demanding secrecy surrounding the details of their purchases of naming rights in Toronto

Part of the mission of TPSI is to work with, and empower, community groups in the interests of public space policies that deeply impact us all. As such, we ask you to please respond to the following,

1. The City does not want to consult communities - so TPSI is. We would like to arrange a meeting with your community association members to inform you of these policies and how they will impact you, and to suggest how you may engage in the decision making around these.

2. We would also like to secure an official letter from your organization to City Councillors commenting on the policies.

3. Any other assistance you can provide to our campaign, by spreading the word and handing out our flyers in your community, would be greatly appreciated.

To Download the full report please see this link:

Or visit our website @

Monday, April 18, 2011

United nations UN-HABITAT Adopts 1st Resolution on Public Spaces

Reposted from

UN-HABITAT Adopts First-Ever Resolution on Public Spaces

Resolution Requests UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director to Ensure the Application of Place-Making Internationally

April 15, 2011- Nairobi, KenyaThe Governing Council ofUN-HABITAT (United Nations Human Settlement Programme) has adopted the first-ever public space resolution which urges the development of a policy approach for the international application of Place-making.

The resolution, adopted during its 23rd Session, “requests the Executive Director, in collaboration with Habitat Agenda partners…to develop a policy approach on the role that place-making can play in meeting the challenges of our rapidly urbanizing world, to disseminate that policy and its results widely and to develop a plan for ensuring its application internationally…”


PPS and UN-HABITAT have developed a letter of collaboration affirming UN-HABITAT’s interest in working with Project for Public Spaces towards sustainable urbanization, with a specific focus on Place-making, Public Spaces, and Urban Quality of Life. This is aligned with UN-HABITAT’s Medium Term Strategic and Institutional Plan 2008-13 Focus Area on Urban Planning, Management, and Governance.

As part of this collaboration, PPS has been working with UN-HABITAT to tie Place-making to the UN-HABITAT’s key priority areas of New Urban Planning, Urban Institutions and Governance, Urban Economy and Finance.The recently adopted resolution was among 19 in-session documents debated by the governing council and was submitted by Kenya and passed with the strong support of member states such as Mexico and the European Union. The Women’s Caucus also supported the resolution.

The resolution takes note of the World Charter on the Right to the City and “its resolve that cities should constitute an environment of full realization of all human rights and fundamental liberties assuring the dignity and collective well-being of all people, in conditions of equality and justice, and that all persons have the right to find in the city the necessary conditions for their political, economic, cultural, social and ecological realization…”

Part of a Growing Awareness that Quality Public Spaces are Linked to Quality of Life

This resolution represents the first consolidated approach to inclusive urban public space policy within UN-HABITAT. And although successfully functioning public spaces are one of the most visible forms of public good, Local Authorities’ and urban planners’ appreciation of its social dimension beyond its physical dimension is lacking. This resolution is yet another sign of a growing global recognition that public spaces are a significant aspect of quality of urban life. PPS is thrilled that this resolution recognizes that creating and sustaining quality public spaces through a Place-making approach is an issue of planning, management, and participatory governance and a key component of sustainable urban development.

Resolution on Sustainable Urban Development through Access to Quality Urban Public Spaces

The resolution includes the following seven invitations and requests:

1. Invites Governments to formulate and implement sustainable urban development policies that promote socially just and environmentally balanced uses of urban public space in conditions of urban security and gender equity that foster urban resilience;

2. Invites Governments and local authorities to facilitate the use of public spaces of cities such as streets, parks and markets to foster social, cultural, economic and environmental convergences so that all citizens have access to public spaces in a socially just landscape and within resilient environmental conditions;

3. Invites national Governments and development partners and encourages local authorities to consider:

(a) Implementing urban environmental planning, regulation and management that promotes equilibrium between urban development and protection of natural, historic, architectural, cultural and artistic heritage, that impedes segregation and territorial exclusion, that prioritizes social production of public space and that encourages the social and creative economic function of cities and property: for that purpose, cities should adopt measures that foster integration and equity with quality urban public spaces that respect environmentally friendly processes;

(b) Integrating the theme of urban safety for all citizens, especially for women, girls and other vulnerable groups, as an attribute of the public space, taking into account gender and age considerations in the laws regulating the use of public space;

4. Requests the Executive Director through the medium-term strategic and institutional plan to advance the agenda on place-making and public spaces in a specific way that will consolidate local and international approaches to creating inclusive cities, enhance the knowledge of partners of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and local authorities of place-making, public spaces and the quality of urban life and facilitate and implement exchange, cooperation and research between partners working in this field;

5. Also requests the Executive Director, in collaboration with Habitat Agenda partners, to develop a policy approach on the role that place-making can play in meeting the challenges of our rapidly urbanizing world, to disseminate that policy and its results widely and to develop a plan for ensuring its application internationally;

6. Further requests the Executive Director to assist in coordinating partners of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in disseminating knowledge to existing sustainable urban development processes at all governmental levels;

7. Requests the Executive Director to report to the Governing Council on operating paragraphs calling for action by the Executive Director, at its twenty-fourth session, on progress made in the implementation of the present resolution