As part of her community involvement, Mary Smith (pen name) sent the following email to Toronto City Councillor Amber Morley on the Lake Promenade Co-Tenancy Project:
Sent: Tue, 9 May 2023 at 12:43 PM
Subject: Demolition of 240 Lake Promenade
I encourage you to visit our buildings and meet the tenants. I thought I died and went to heaven when I found my building 10 years ago. I felt secure that I could afford to live out my retirement in a beautiful safe community that I could afford. I am public service worker with a decent pay but on my own, so the exorbitant rents of today would have shut me out of most apartments. Due to the time I have been here, my rent is affordable and I would be able to afford it into my retirement. I have an amazing view, an excellent sized apartment, wonderful neighbours and the ability to shop locally with ease.
If the new buildings are built, tenants who have lived here 25 plus years will be toss out like me. One of the most extreme case is neighbours who are in their 90’s who have been here 50 years. Not the time in your life you want to be moving in and out. The new units will be much smaller, we will lose our view because we cannot afford to pay the million-dollar price tag. We will have years of worry and moving. Why is this fair when, structurally, there is nothing wrong with our buildings. We went through this same stress 5 years ago. Thank goodness, council did not approve the project. Long Branch is one of the communities where renters can live like the rich and famous. My car insurance went down due to its affluent postal code. Please vote NO to monster complexes.
A resident of 240 Lake Promenade