St. Basil's Parishioners at City Council Today to Urge Mayor Miller and Councillors to Defer Development Until Their Views are Taken Into Account



    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - After delivering a petition with over 1,400
signatures to City Hall, representatives from St. Basil's Church will be at
City Hall today to urge Mayor David Miller and Councillors to spare their
historic church from a proposed development behind its back wall.
    St. Basil's Parish members will attend today's council meeting at 2 p.m.
where the mega development proposal for the land behind the historic St.
Basil's Church will be heard. The St. Basil's complex is the oldest building
on the University of Toronto campus.
    Yesterday over 50 parishioners presented their petition and Mayor David
Miller introduced it to Council. The group fears a development proposal coming
before City Hall today could cause permanent harm to the heritage church, its
4,300 parishioners and the adjacent St. Michael's College campus. They are
asking City Council to send the application back to Planning until
parishioners are consulted. The parish and students were not consulted on this
mega development.
    The developer has requested Toronto City Hall give it permission to
change the designation of the land and permit two high-rise residential
condominium buildings of 45 and 55 storeys behind St. Basil's Church.
    "This process has been a real eye-opener as to how development politics
takes place in this City," said Father Paul McGill, pastor of St. Basil's
Parish. "All citizens should be concerned when our representatives try to
divide and conquer as opposed to building bridges into the community."

    Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2008, Time: 2:00 p.m., Place: City Hall,
100 Queen Street West.




For further information:

For further information: Linda Cahill, (416) 834-5802; Parish Office,
(416) 926-7110

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