City Hall Stepping on Heritage Church



    Parishioners Request Consultation on Damaging Development

    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Developers are threatening historic St. Basil's
Church with Bank Tower size condos in its backyard, the largest 55 storeys
high. The St. Basil's complex is the oldest building on the University of
Toronto campus. Today the graceful church faces massive upheaval including
blocked handicapped access and the loss of all parking. Systematically
excluded from the decision-making process, St. Basil's parishioners are now
urging Toronto Mayor David Miller to take up the church's cause at City
Council Monday March 3.
    "We're asking the Mayor and Council to give us a fair hearing," says
Parishioner Doris Marcon. "The City created a Working Group and failed to
invite the largest impacted constituency. This is a glaring omission."
    Starting Saturday February 22 and Sunday February 23, St. Basil's Pastor
Father Paul McGill and Associate Pastor Father Mark Gazin alerted parishioners
to the extent of the development. A letter describing the 55 and 45 storey
towers was provided to each parishioner. More than 700 signed a petition
asking for input into the development and calling the mayor and councillors.
    "St. Basil's and its faith community deserve respect," said Pastor Paul
McGill. The impacts of this development are permanent and significant. We are
asking Mayor Miller to send this development back to the city planning
department so we can have our say."

    
    Media representatives are invited to join Father Paul and Father Mark on a
tour of St. Basil's and the proposed development.

    Date:     Thursday, February 28, and Friday, February 29, 2008

    Time:     12:30 p.m.

    Place:    St. Basil's Church, 50 St. Joseph Street at Bay
    





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