ABC Residents Association

The ABC Residents Association is a volunteer organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in our neighbourhood through participation in municipal issues. We serve the residents living in Toronto’s Yorkville/North Midtown community.


128 Hazelton condo

Another One? Mizrahi’s second Yorkville condo project now in receivership

A receivership order granted last Tuesday, June 4, has appointed KSV Advisory as the receiver and manager over the property at 126–128 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto. The order effectively allows KSV to exercise control over the property moving forward.

Constantine Enterprises Inc. (CEI), which has a 50 per cent stake in the condo project at 128 Hazelton Ave., first made a plea for receivership back in February, with court documents showing that CEI filed for KSV to manage and possibly sell the project to recover debts, identifying Sam Mizrahi as the principal of both Mizrahi 128 Hazelton Inc. and Mizrahi 128 Hazelton Retail Inc.

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Gardiner Expressway at downtown Toronto

Europe’s urban advantage leaves us in the shade

Every time I come home from a trip to Europe, I feel a little ashamed. Ashamed and perplexed. Why is everything so much better over there? The parks, the public transit, the highways, the squares, the museums – even the garbage bins are better than ours.

Arriving in Toronto, where I live, feels like crossing into the East Bloc from the West during the Cold War. Everything looks so shabby. The main route into downtown from the airport is in scandalous shape. Rusting guardrails. Garbage and weeds on the shoulders. Potholes and bumps. The inbound drive along the Gardiner Expressway is like a ride on a decrepit roller coaster…

Dogs playing off-leash

Dog Off-Leash Areas – have your say

Toronto’s Dog Off-Leash Areas (OLAs) play a vital role in our community. They’re not just spaces for our furry friends to frolic; they’re hubs of social interaction, exercise, and shared experiences. However, they can also create noise disturbances and impact the park experience for other users. 

The city of Toronto is conducting a review of Dog Off-Leash areas to try and better balance these impacts, and your input is important.

Castle Frank Brook

Digging up the past for future benefit: the lost waterways of Toronto

ABCRA’s own “lost brook” had an important role in shaping our neighbourhood.

15-19 Bloor W. and The One, at 1 Bloor West

Seven new ‘supertall’ buildings are coming to Toronto — is that a good thing?

Toronto could soon have the fifth highest number of mixed-use residential supertalls in the world, alongside cities like NYC and Hong Kong.

The supertalls, defined as being more than 300 metres tall by global non-profit Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), have divided housing observers.

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March 2024 Newsletter

The March 2024 Newsletter for University-Rosedale is now available! Once you have downloaded the newsletter, you will be able to zoom to whatever font size you find most comfortable.
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Toronto can learn from Hoboken and make Avenue Road safe

The death of an 89-year-old pedestrian in 2017 was the last straw for the mayor of Hoboken, N.J. ““I felt it wasn’t acceptable.” Hoboken, New Jersey hasn’t had a traffic fatality in 7 years.

Running below one of Toronto’s most historic neighbourhoods, the pathway located on the south side of the road can be followed from Park Road to Bayview Avenue.

The ravine next to Rosedale Valley Road is an unusual escape in the middle of Toronto

Rosedale Ravine Lands isn’t tucked away in a forest like some of the other walks in the city but the stretching pathway that follows the Rosedale Valley Road makes for a picturesque stroll in its own right.

Running below one of Toronto’s most historic neighbourhoods, the pathway located on the south side of the road can be followed from Park Road to Bayview Avenue.

One Roxborough

Someone in Toronto just bought a huge $18M condo and it’s pretty spectacular

One of the most expensive condo units in Toronto history has been purchased for a whopping $18 million — and it doesn’t even exist yet.

An undisclosed buyer has scooped up a luxurious penthouse unit on the top floor of a proposed boutique condo development at 1086 Yonge Street, known as One Roxborough West.

Councillor Dianne Saxe at Planning and Housing Committee, January 29, 2024

The Annex Residents’ Association features Councillor Saxe in action at City Hall

Councillor Saxe did the most magnificent job fighting for the Annex at this past Monday’s Planning and Housing Committee meeting – a committee on which she doesn’t actually sit. We’ve got an articulate legal mind as our representative. If you’ve got some time, then watch the YouTube archive of the meeting to watch the discussion as it unfolds and to see her champion our interests.

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Events & Public Meetings

Dianne Saxe

Rosedale-University Virtual Town Hall – June 20, 7 p.m.

The summer break and halfway point of 2024 is fast approaching — a good time to take stock of accomplishments at City Hall in 2024 and consider the challenges that remain. I would like to invite you to an “ask me anything!” edition of the University-Rosedale town hall.

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