Rapacious REIT puppet visits Duff Mall

Our local MPP and City Councillor join community for July 9 information picket at Dufferin Mall and Walmart.

Build a Better Bloor Dufferin and the local community conducted an information blitz at Dufferin Mall on July 9. It revealed people are concerned over plans by Primaris, which owns the mall, to build four apartment towers on the site. Their plans do not take into consideration the parks, transportation, affordable housing and services such a huge development require.

Here’s some pictures of the protest. (And special thanks to Clay and Paper Theatre for their “Rapacious REIT” puppet. We’ll certainly want to toss him in the fire at the next, post-COVID, Night of the Dread.)

Here’s our MPP, Merit Stiles, take on the event

Donate—please.  Finally, we need to replenish our LPAT funds. When we were preparing for the LPAT hearing for the Bloor Dufferin site (a process that won our community a $17 million affordable housing land trust) we raised money with an incredible concert at the Burdock. Neighbours also bought our inspiring lawn and window signs to contribute. If you are in a position to contribute now, we would greatly appreciate your support.  You can give online, here, or at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/babbd/

If Dufferin Mall wants massive towers, they need to be a good neighbour

Dear Neighbours,

Over the past few months we’ve been working hard to negotiate community benefits as part of the proposed redevelopment of the north end of the Dufferin Mall site. In particular, we’ve been advocating for affordable housing on the site- something that we all know is desperately needed in this neighbourhood and across Toronto. Many of you have contributed to this work with your generous donations and letters of support. Thank you.

Sadly, we have hit an impasse. After months of “working groups” where they promised to collaborate, and days of negotiation and mediation, the Mall position is clear. The Dufferin Mall, and the giant multinational REIT that owns them, wants to do as little as legally possible to offset the impact of their development. They want to build four giant luxury towers, some over 30 storeys high, but they will not meaningfully contribute to affordable housing, more park space or any of the benefits that we’ve told them will keep this neighbourhood liveable and affordable. We’re frustrated. And we’re willing to fight.

Help get the message across. Here’s how:

  • Come out this Friday, July 9, anytime between 3 to 6 pm to make signs and/or help hand out leaflets.  We are meeting in Dufferin Grove park, at the southwest corner of the rinkhouse, starting at 3 pm and then walking over to the mall at 4 pm to hand out flyers. 
  • Sign our online petition and send a message to the Mall owners: Petition can be found here 
  • Share this email with your friends, and post the petition link (bit.ly/DufferinMallDevelopment) on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Continue to speak with your neighbours, friends and family about the need for more affordable housing in new condo developments. The City will be voting on a new inclusionary zoning policy in September, and we need to give them a strong mandate.

This development is the tip of the iceberg. It seems like every week that we hear about a new batch of condo towers set to replace rental housing, artist studios, local storefronts and affordable spaces. We’re joining organizers across Davenport and beyond to demand better. Thanks for having our back.

Sincerely,

Build A Better Bloor Dufferin

Donate—please.  Finally, we need to replenish our LPAT funds. When we were preparing for the LPAT hearing for the Bloor Dufferin site (a process that won our community a $17 million affordable housing land trust) we raised money with an incredible concert at the Burdock. Neighbours also bought our inspiring lawn and window signs to contribute. If you are in a position to contribute now, we would greatly appreciate your support.  You can give online, here, or at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/babbd/

Thank you for reading this update and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Deputy Mayor fights Rapacious REIT

Deputy Mayor fights Rapacious REIT

BBBD:Press Release, July 7, 2021

Community & Deputy Mayor Join Forces to Fight Rapacious REIT Over Mall Redevelopment

The Build a Better Bloor Dufferin community group and Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão will be picketing the Dufferin Mall on Friday, July 9, to encourage local shoppers to take their dollars elsewhere until the Mall changes its development plans. Dufferin Mall, owned by Primaris REIT and multinational giant HR REIT, plan a four tower, 30-story luxury residential development on the north quarter of the property, but have offered almost no community benefits to offset the impact of the new buildings. 

The Community Group, neighbours, and Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão will be picketing the mall Friday July 9th, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, to bring the message home to the owners.

“They want to build 1,000 units, almost none of them affordable to people who live in our community. They’re asking for significantly increased density on the site and, in return, we’re asking for a significant affordable housing contribution. Our city desperately needs it.” said Build a Better Bloor Dufferin co-chair Maggie Hutcheson.

“They seem to have forgotten that they’re also a local retailer,” said Erella Gagnon, head of the local park organization Friends of Dufferin Grove. “People aren’t going to want to shop at their WalMart, or their NoFrills, if they’re wrecking the community at the same time.” 

“This is exactly why we need regulation of REITS,” said Build a Better Bloor Dufferin co-chair Sean FitzPatrick, “The greed of Real Estate Investment Trusts has no limits. They damage communities, they don’t care about neighbourhoods and they’ve upended the housing market. Real estate has become the latest international investment casino.  We need housing but this financialization of real estate has got to be regulated. We need the federal and provincial governments to step in now and tightly regulate REITs before more neighbourhoods are wrecked and the cost of housing ruins everyone’s life.”

Join Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão, 

Build a Better Bloor Dufferin, and community leaders 

Friday July 9th, at 4:00 PM 

in front of the WalMart at Dufferin Mall,  

for a protest against the damage being done by rapacious REITS

Gather at Dufferin Grove Park, 3 p.m. in front of the old rink house, across from Duff Mall entrance.

MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ENCOURAGED

email info@buildbloordufferin.ca or tweet to @buildbloor