Here are some answers to common questions we’ve received about the proposal to date. We will continue to update this list as we move throughout the process.
Ensuring current commercial tenants feel supported throughout the development planning process is a top priority for Graywood. Graywood has been working with the owner of Crews & Tangos, Michael Ramawad, and is committed to continuing working with him and the community to preserve and maintain the cultural heritage and legacy of Crews & Tangos. For the time being, we have extended the lease for two years. We are exploring a joint plan aimed at maintaining a presence for Crews & Tangos in the new development.
Graywood is discussing a lease extension with Boutique Bar and will continue to update them on future plans. We are still very early in the process so the exact location of where certain retailers might go cannot be determined at this point in time. We will be sure to keep updating the community as we know more.
Graywood is proposing to develop a new mixed-use building at 506-516 Church Street, known as 506 Church Street. The vision for the site is to integrate and retain the existing heritage building facade at 508-510 Church Street, provide retail and commercial uses at street level, and introduce residential uses. This vision also includes exploring a joint plan with the owner of Crews & Tangos aimed at maintaining a presence for Crews & Tangos in the proposed new development.
The building façade is proposed to be integrated into the new development. Current plans show the retention of the façade. The retention and preservation of the heritage building will be developed with the guidance of our heritage architect. The plans will be reviewed and considered by Heritage Preservation Services staff at the City of Toronto.
Graywood is the owner and developer for 506-516 Church Street. We are a Toronto-based private investment management company that specializes in the development of real estate properties of exceptional quality in Canada, as well as select markets in the United States. Learn more about who we are at graywoodgroup.com
On July 24, 2020 Graywood submitted Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment applications to the City of Toronto. We will be sure to keep the community updated on the status of our application and upcoming opportunities to engage on the proposal. Check back to the Project Status page for project updates and milestones.
The planning application requires approval from the City of Toronto before it is allowed to proceed to construction; this process takes time and involves community consultation. Once an application is submitted, it will take approximately 24 months before a decision about the application is made by Toronto City Council. There will be opportunities for the community to participate in the process throughout the duration of the City of Toronto’s review of this application.
Part of Graywood’s vision for the site is to continue to provide retail and commercial space for businesses at street level. We understand the importance of maintaining retail space in order to support the Church Street retail corridor.
Graywood has been working with the owner of Crews & Tangos, Michael Ramawad, and is committed to continuing working with him and the community to preserve and maintain the cultural heritage and legacy of Crews & Tangos. We are exploring a joint plan aimed at maintaining a presence for Crews & Tangos in the new development. We are still very early in the process so the exact location of where certain retailers might go cannot be determined at this point in time. We will be sure to keep updating the community as we know more.
The shops and/or services that could be included on the site will be to provide commercial amenities to Church Street community members. Graywood and the owner of Crews & Tangos are exploring a joint plan aimed at maintaining a presence for Crews & Tangos in the new development. As we are still very early in the process, we have not finalized the details of retail tenants or their possible locations in the new development.
In addition to the discussions with the current business owners on the site, Graywood has been able to discuss this proposal and community engagement opportunities with the Councillor, City Planning Staff, the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, and the Church-Wellesley Village BIA. We have also reached out to other local stakeholder groups and look forward to engaging with them when the time is right for everyone. As we move forward, we will work with stakeholders to determine what the best way to work together is for all parties involved.
Graywood is committed to ensuring that the community is informed about their proposal at 506 Church Street. As a starting point, on July 16th 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Graywood hosted an online event to present the proposal to the community and answer questions.
A recording of the session is posted on the Documents & Plans page of this website, so if you were unable to attend the live session, you can still listen to our presentation and the answers to some of the community’s questions.
We welcome all interested members of the community to send their input, feedback, and questions to the project team through our contact form on this website. A member of the team will get back to you with answers to your questions. We look forward to hosting future engagement opportunities both online and in-person when it is safe to do so. Check back to the Project Status page for details about upcoming engagement opportunities.
Learn about the project at our Online Information Session being hosted on July 16th from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm. Details on how to join will be posted on the Notice Board of this website.