Toronto rooftop community bid for a terrace

Written by by Jenna Etheridge, CNN RADiUS, a rooftop community in Toronto , has kicked off the bidding process for a permanent rooftop terrace that will look out over an urban setting that is…

Toronto rooftop community bid for a terrace

Written by by Jenna Etheridge, CNN

RADiUS, a rooftop community in Toronto , has kicked off the bidding process for a permanent rooftop terrace that will look out over an urban setting that is more at home on a patio in the Hamptons than on Toronto’s densely built up Liberty Village

Located in the Canadian city’s low-income Liberty Village neighbourhood, the cafe , which opened in the spring, was one of the first in the neighborhood to offer a higher level of quality outdoor space, with a terrace and a bar and events space on the roof.

Recently, this communal amenity allowed this community of creatives and artists to get together and celebrate their passion through a program aimed at preparing students for careers in design and technology, the recently launched RADiUS Film Lab .

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A recent proposal by city councilor Paula Fletcher to improve the area’s parking and public transport problems was scheduled to come before city council on October 9, but was deferred at the request of over 350 people, who rallied to offer feedback at a public meeting on Monday night

This request followed a report from Toronto’s Transportation Services Department, which found that 70% of areas throughout Liberty Village were not on a sustainable mode of transport, meaning they failed to meet certain minimum standards.

Fletcher explained that while the number of new residential units — the first phase of which is currently under construction — was a step in the right direction, its completion would not address all of the challenges.

“We have told developers that we do expect that the residential completion of phase one is one step forward, not three steps forward and we need to know how we’re going to finance that,” Fletcher said.

This came after a “really strong, positive message” from the community

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“RANGL,” an organization that believes strongly in the community spirit in Liberty Village, had also asked for a spot on the rooftop, while a certain famous musician told everyone gathered that he would only return to Canada if RANGL had a place on the menu

Fletcher said it was crucial to keep in mind the “really positive message” she had received from the community and was motivated to present to city council.

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