Posted by: HamptonIona | March 2, 2010

Convent Meeting: March 10th

Ashcroft Homes have announced the next community meeting regarding the Soeurs de la Visitation convent redevelopment.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 10th, from 7pm to 9pm, at St George’s Church (415 Piccadilly Avenue).  At this meeting, Ashcroft will present preliminary concept plans of the site.

We encourage you to come out to voice any thoughts or concerns you may have about the development.

More information can be found here.



  1. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the meeting. As a mother of children who go to the daycare and school adjacent to the convent, I would like to raise a point concerning the potential impact of the development on the school and daycare.
    I noted that the powerpoint slides of the previous meeting said that the most “high profile” development would be on the West side of the convent, i.e. next to the school and daycare yards. I would like to know what high profile means in this case and how that could impact children at school and daycare.

  2. At the previous meeting, Ashcroft stated that the building in the NW corner of the property could be up to 10 stories tall. More details, however, will be released March 10th.
    They were questioned about the proximity of the school / daycare to the property, and said that one of the first groups they met with was the school / daycare, and they have been in contact with them throughout the process.
    I’m afraid we won’t have anything more concrete until next week, though. We will post any slides presented on this website, if/when we receive them.

  3. This development will have a huge and potentially disastrous effect on our neighbourhood if Ashcroft’s tentative plans go ahead. This includes:
    – two 10-storey condos,
    – several 6-7 storey buildings,  
    – a row of 4-storey buildings along the Byron pathway on the south side of the property,
    – cutting another road through the Byron pathway extending Kensington into the site for vehicular access, meaning Byron and Kensington will become thoroughfares.
    – a for-profit retirement residence near Byron with 24-hour care, implying ambulances, delivery trucks, constant visitors potentially parking on residential streets

    This could mean an increase in population of up to 1000 people on this 5-acre property, significantly increasing the traffic flow and quality of life for the entire neighbourhood.

    It’s very important that we have a concerted community response if we hope to influence the developer’s decisions. Hopefully a lot of people will show up at the meeting.

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