April 5, 2013

Forest Hill Village BIA – Spring 2013 Newsletter

  1. Community Survey – Expanding the Village Parking lot
  2. We have a ($500 FHV Shopping Spree) winner!
  3. Corporate Clean-Up Day – April 19th!
  4. Welcome to the Village – 5 new businesses and more on the way
  5. SickKids Neighbourhood Challenge
  6. Through the Garden Gate – Garden Tours in Forest Hill
  7. Downtown Traffic Study – Online Survey


1. Community Survey – Expanding the Village Parking lot

The Forest Hill Village BIA recently concluded a survey of the local residential and business community.  Our survey was mailed to 4200 households, and was conducted with our BIA members directly.  

Following a presentation of the current redesign plans for the Spadina/Thelma surface parking lot at the Forest Hill Town Hall meeting last fall, several people noted that the plans did not seem to include enough new parking spaces.  This response prompted the BIA to seek another design option, and a survey was chosen as a means to gauge local interest in a second proposal that would increase the number of spaces, but move the parking below ground under a 2-storey commercial development.

We received over 500 responses and are in the process of compiling the results.  Thank you very much to everyone who responded and shared their thoughts about the parking proposal, along with ways to improve the Village.


2. We have a ($500 FHV shopping spree) winner!

In an effort to increase the rate of return of our residential survey, the BIA offered residents the chance to win $500 to spend as you like in the Village.  It worked! We received over 10% of our surveys back – thank you again for sending them in.

The winner was selected at random from all respondents who opted into the draw.  We are pleased to announce Jonathan Latsky as our winner and look forward to hearing which of our local shops he’s planning to visit. Congratulations Jonathan!


3. Please join the BIA & Councillor Matlow on Corporate Clean-Up Day – Friday April 19th

Most of us would agree that it’s preferable to have a tidy neighbourhood. Our BIA makes a point of trying to keep the village community tidy, and we have a wonderful woman named Shelley who comes by once or twice a week to pick up litter throughout the village.  That said there are still some nooks and crannies that could use a little extra help!

The City of Toronto is encouraging local businesses across the city to help clean Toronto together on Friday, April 19, and we’re thrilled that Councillor Josh Matlow will be joining us to lend at hand. Even 20-30minutes can do wonders – can you spare a bit of time to help clean up your little corner of the Village?

Both Councillor Matlow and your BIA Coordinator Yvonne Bambrick will be in the Village, with gloves on and garbage bags in hand, at 3pm on the 19th.  Hope to see you on the street!  

Here's how to take part:

  • Choose a location that needs to be cleaned or greened; one that's important to your business and employees
  • Register your event online before April 15
  • Use your own, or pick up free GLAD® garbage and recycling bags at participating locations (see city website)
  • Show up, clean up and have fun!

BIA members planning to participate can contact BIA Coordinator, Yvonne Bambrick for assistance, and to request garbage bags. More information can also be found on the City’s website.


4. Welcome to the Village – 5 new businesses and more on the way

Over the past year or so, the Forest Hill Village BIA board has been excited to see new businesses moving into the neighbourhood.  We’d like to extend an official welcome, and encourage you to stop by for a visit if you haven’t already had the opportunity.

Most recently opened doors:

This past year:

Business Updates:

  • Subway Sandwiches at 396 Spadina Rd. now has a new owner, http://subway.com
  • Track Fitness, following extensive construction, has successfully expanded their studio into a space on Lonsdale. 417 Spadina Rd., http://www.trackfitness.com/

Opening soon – Dates TBA:


5. SickKids Neighbourhood Challenge – May 2013

“This May, SickKids “Healthy & Happy” campaign will once again dominate the City of Toronto through a mass advertising movement including print, digital, web, radio and social marketing (Facebook & Twitter). Our campaign is built on one premise – every child deserves to be healthy and happy. Because May is SickKids strongest month of public support with the association to Mother’s Day, the spirit of new beginnings in Spring and the 250 million media impressions we received last year, we know that Toronto loves this campaign and we want their eyes to be on you!”

Participating BIA members can access the following benefits:

  • Promotion of participants to 80,000 SickKids donors through the SickKids May newsletter
  • Placing your logo(s) and a hyperlink to your website (s) for promotion through the Healthy & Happy website which will be promoted heavily through broad print & social reach and;
  • Promotional items such as window clings, buttons, stickers, t-shirts and balloons to help show your support for the campaign at your location.

How to get involved:

  • Choose a product (s) or service (s) for the month of May that you will donate a dollar value or percentage of sales from.
  • Commit to donating a minimum of $500 during the month of May.
  • Email chantelle.moore@sickkidsfoundation.com to participate, please include your logo and a brief description of what product (s) or service (s) you will be donating a dollar value or percentage of sales from and we will send you your Healthy & Happy marketing package (window clings, t-shirts, stickers, buttons, balloons etc.) closer to May.


6. Through the Garden Gate – Garden Tours in Forest Hill

THROUGH THE GARDEN GATE: FOREST HILL and the Gardens of South Hill
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 2013; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG) for the 26th consecutive year invites visitors to “Through the Garden Gate”, a walking tour of 19 private gardens in the exclusive neighbourhoods of Forest Hill and South Hill. This tour is self-guided and can be done at the pace and interest of the participant. Complimentary shuttle buses allow garden-goers to ‘hop on and off” as they make their way around the garden route. If there are any questions, Toronto Master Gardeners are stationed in each garden to help identify unusual plants and points of interest. A printed guide and map are also provided with the purchase of your ticket and some gardens will even have QRcodes to download the full plant list.

ONE-DAY PASS: Public $40 / TBG Members $35
TWO-DAY PASS: Public $52.50 / TBG Members $47.50
(Plus applicable taxes, Tickets are limited, Advance purchase recommended)

For more information or to purchase tickets call 416-397-1341 or visit www.torontobotanicalgarden.ca/ttgg


7. Downtown Traffic Study – A short Survey for all Torontonians

BIAs across the city have been asked to distribute this message. Please take the time to fill out the survey before April 10th.

The City of Toronto has awarded a contract to IBI Group to conduct a Downtown Transportation Operations Study. IBI Group is looking at immediate and medium term solutions.

If downtown traffic congestion is a concern to you, please go online to complete this brief survey – it will only take one to two minutes to complete.


Even those who don’t live or work downtown are affected by congestion when travelling in the downtown core.

The Forest Hill Village BIA board meets monthly, usually on the second Wednesday of the month at 9:30am.

For more information, please contact BIA Coordinator, Yvonne Bambrick - yvonne@foresthillvillage.ca, 416 826 2964

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