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Ms. Mary MacDonald Acting Director
Heritage Preservation Services
City of Toronto, 2nd Floor. 100 Queen Street West
City Hall, Toronto, Ontario
M5H 2N2

June 25, 2010
Dear Ms. MacDonald:

Re: Baby Point - Request for Heritage Conservation District Designation

As you are aware, the Baby Point area is a truly significant community from a cultural heritage perspective. Originally a Seneca village, the lands were then settled in 1816 by James Baby, a member of the Family Compact, before being developed by Home Smith commencing in 1912. The focus of this area is the Point which is located on a peninsula of land or point overlooking the Humber River, generally in the area south of Dundas Street, west of Jane Street, north of Bloor Street and east of the Humber River.

The Baby Point Heritage Foundation has been formed to ensure that the heritage of this remarkable area is protected for future generations.
Our Mission Statement is posted on out website at -> { BPHF Site }

The Board of the Foundation currently consists of four committed individuals from the neighbourhood including the undersigned. We feel that the key to the protection of this area is its designation as a Heritage Conservation District and the purpose of this letter is to make a formal request to the City to consider the designation of the Baby Point area with a priority being the Point itself west of Humbercrest Blvd.

The designation of the Baby Point area was given formal support by the Etobicoke York Community Preservation Panel at their June 2010 meeting and Heritage Weston have offered their assistance. In addition, the local Councillor Bill Saundercook has verbally advised us of his support.

Through on-going discussions with members of neighbourhood we believe that there is strong support for designation in the community, and most particularly in the Point itself.

We understand that prior to the designation of a heritage conservation district, a study of the area is required. The Foundation recognizes that the City has limited resources for carrying out these studies. We would like the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the designation process, including approaches which can be used to expedite the necessary study, and will contact your office to arrange a meeting.

In the meantime, if you wish to contact the Foundation, please email me at [email protected] or by telephone at 416 762-9270.

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