The Upper Jarvis area is under-represented with parkland. Although it is a predominantly residential area, it contains only one public park, beside the Rekai Centre on Wellesley. [Another small private triangular park belonging to Rogers is at the north ‘wedge’ end of its property on Huntley. This park features a large tree sculpture by Michael Snow.]
The UJNA is working to find ways to increase the parks in our neighbourhood. We are lobbying to have Section 37 developer contributions for nearby upcoming projects to be ear-marked for such use and are working with our Councillor to find suitable locations for additional green space and child-friendly play space.
Influencing upcoming developments
There are several significant properties either on the market or under development in the Upper Jarvis neighbourhood. A key UJNA 2012 priority is to influence these developments or potential developments in accordance with our Development Vision/guidelines.
The properties we are watching are:
- Selby Hotel, 592 Sherbourne St
- Massey Mansion/The Keg lot
- New Casey House
- Old Casey House, soon to become part of Fife House
- Rogers houses along Huntley St
Street beautification & improvement
Now that the Upper Jarvis area is identified with street signage, we are focusing attention on the improvement and beautification of our streets and streetscapes, starting with two major peripheral arteries.
The UJNA wants a say in how these projects proceed.
The UJNA is eager to expand its reach to connect with more residents of our area. To do this, we need a more effective and robust communications strategy. We are looking for suggestions and assistance in making this happen, and have established a Communications subcommittee of the Association to lead this initiative.
- What information do residents want?
- What information do corporate neighbours want?
- What format[s] best suit this communication? (e.g. web, letter drop, newsletter, town hall meetings, neighbourhood get-togethers, etc.)
- How often should we communicate?
- With whom?
Over the past decade Upper Jarvis has become the home to a large number of renters and condo buyers. These residents are under-represented in our UJNA membership. We are anxious to connect with these new neighbours and find out if and how they would like to become involved in the future of our area.
- Do the concerns and interests of renters differ from those of owners? How?
- How do condo owners feel about the neighbourhood? Do they care about maintaining the low-rise residential profile of the area? What are their interests and concerns?
We are looking at ways to gain feedback and poll our residents so we can meet their needs.
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