The development proposed for the southwest corner of Bloor & Durie will set the precedent for all future developments in the Village and could be approved as early as January by the Ontario Municipal Board.
If you love this neighbourhood and want to see community input into this development, then act now!
PLEASE DONATE to Save Our Village ( to help raise $30,000 to pay for legal and planning professionals to represent residents’ interests at the January OMB hearing for this development
• Spread the word about this development and fundraising effort.

Facts about the Bloor/Durie Development Proposal:
• When a developer goes to the OMB, the OMB will frequently approve a development – even in a case such as this where both the City and residents oppose the development and argue against it at the OMB hearing.
• This development will set a precedent for future developments in Bloor West Village. It could also set a precedent for developers believing that the way to conduct business in Bloor West Village is to simply ignore residents and take their proposals straight to the OMB.
• The City and local residents’ associations have opposed this proposal, and will argue against it at the January OMB hearing, citing that the proposed building:
o is 9-­‐stories tall + mechanical in a location that is currently zoned for up to 4-­‐stories
o has no set-­‐back to provide relief from the shadowing of the sidewalks on both sides of Bloor St. o encroaches on the neighbourhood to the South, calling for demolition of a house in Swansea o offers a design that does not respect the character of the neighbourhood
• Additional concerns:
o crowding in local public schools
o increased traffic, and
o increased pressure on transit
• Local residents’ associations have had past success at the OMB and we have solid legal and planning arguments to put before the OMB that we believe will improve this development.

We  love  Bloor  West  Village,  and  we  know  you
do  too!
• New  development,  if  properly  managed  with  community input,  is  an  opportunity  to  improve  our  area.
• However,  when  a  developer  chooses  not  to  work  with  the community  – it  is  time  to  act!


Warm 4 Winter

1st Annual Sleep-Out raising awareness on homelessness!
800pm to 600am
(that’s right, it’s all night – where our members will sleep outside in sleeping bags!)
Friday November 7, 2014
(Front lawn of 11 Division, 2054 Davenport Rd.)
Please Support The Officers of Toronto Police Services 11 Division
Members of the Community Police Liaison Committee
Staff of the West Neighbourhood House
in their 1st Annual “Warm 4 Winter” Event
We are seeking donations of new:
• Socks, Mitts, Hats, Gloves
• Sleeping Bags & Blankets
• Undergarments, Toiletries
Please drop off donations at 11 Division, 2054 Davenport Ave, Toronto
For more information on how you can help, please contact Supt. Heinz Kuck 416-808-1114, or email

Fundraiser at the Village Playhouse



SARA’s annual fundraiser will be held in conjunction with BWVRA on the preview night of the Village Playhouse production of “Strictly Murder”, on Thursday Nov 6, 2014

STRICTLY MURDER by Brian Clemens     director: Harvey Levkoe
Conflicts that play out in a British couple’s rustic cottage in Provence may affect the direction of the greater conflict that is about to envelope Europe. We dare you to separate the good guys from the bad in this thrilling tale of murder and espionage set in 1939.

Tickets are $18/ea., and are available from the SARA Executive.
Don’t miss out on a fun evening in support of SARA!

Municipal Election Debates

SARA will be co-hosting separate election debates for both the Councilor’s and Mayor’s positions. Save the dates! The details are as follows…

Councilor Candidates Debate – Tuesday, September 30, 7:30pm,
Swansea Town Hall, Rousseau Room. Doors open at 7:00pm.
Co-hosted with the Old Mill Community Association and High Park Residents Association.

Mayoral Candidates Debate – Friday, October 3, 7:00pm,
Runnymede United Church.
Co-hosted with the Bloor West Village Residents Association.

Hope to see you there!

Aug 20 meeting on 2117 Bloor West

Main and Main Developments invites you to attend a preliminary consultation session for a proposed mixed-use mid-rise development located at:

2117 Bloor Street West and 19 Harcroft Road

The meeting will take place on:
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 7:00pm–8:30pm
Swansea Town Hall – Rousseau Room – 95 Lavinia Avenue, Toronto

Councillor Doucette will be in attendance. However it is the developer’s meeting.

See the post on Save our Village for further information.

2265 Durie & Save Our Village Campaign


A new condo has been proposed for 2265 Bloor Street West through to 2279 Bloor Street West. This stretch of property is on the south side of Bloor starting at Durie Street (across from Queen’s Pasta) and stretching to the flower shop just before the Bloor Street Meat Market.

It calls for an 8 story mixed use building comprised of 83 residential dwelling units, of which 19 replacement rental units are included, as well as 1200 square metres of non-residential office and retail floor area.

The developer has applied for a hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

SARA is working with other west end ratepayers’ groups (Bloor West Residents, High Park Residents, Old Mill Community Association) to raise funds to oppose this development, which we consider out of character for Bloor West Village.

Help us to fight this application by donating your time or funds! (with the Donate button at right).
Thank you