This is a reminder that as of 8:00 p.m. TONIGHT, Monday, September 3, 650 Parliament will be closed to tenants, so that tomorrow, September 4, the renovation crew can begin work that can’t be done while tenants are in the building.
IF YOU WANT TO ENTER YOUR APARTMENT TODAY, PLEASE BE AT 650 PARLIAMENT BY 7:30 P.M. AT THE LATEST, IN CASE THERE IS A LINE-UP.
THE WELLESLEY PARLIAMENT RESPONSE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 7:00 THIS EVENING. REMEMBER TO REGISTER THERE BEFORE GOING TO 650 PARLIAMENT TO ACCESS YOUR APARTMENT.
Wellesley Parliament Square
By now, you have heard about the fire that occurred at 650 Parliament on August 21, which forced all tenants to leave the building. Smoke damage was substantial, and our work crews will start the heavy restoration work on Tuesday, September 4.
Tenants are now being escorted back into their suites to retrieve possessions daily from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. through the evening of Monday, September 3.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ENTER YOUR APARTMENT BECAUSE YOU ARE OUT OF TOWN OR HAVE MOBILITY ISSUES …
• Call the 650 Parliament Help Line at 647-760-7339 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and inform us of your situation. Please provide your name, phone number, apartment number and the number of people who live in your apartment. You will be asked a security question for your protection.
• Designate someone to act for you.
• Inform that person that he/she will have to register and sign the waiver form at the Wellesley Park Square Response Office at the back of 260 Wellesley before entering 650 Parliament.
• Let that person know that he/she will have to produce photo ID at the Response Office.
• Your designate should enter your apartment no later than 7:30 p.m. on the day chosen, as the building will be closed by 8:00 p.m.
We will do all we can to help you manage your possession retrieval. Again, the phone number for the 650 Parliament Help Line is 647-760-7339. You can also access updates on everything we are doing to help tenants at www.wpsq.ca
Wellesley Parliament Square
In response to requests made by tenants today, August 27, the waiver form required for accessing apartments has been revised and will be available Tuesday. Remember that it covers only the one day on which it is signed. If tenants return on a second date, they will have to sign a new copy.
Since August 21, when tenants of 650 Parliament had to leave your apartments, we have been working on helping you cope with this unforeseen situation. In addition to setting up the 650 Parliament Response Office at the back of 260 Wellesley and arranging for escorted access to your apartments within specified hours, we are in contact with other agencies in Toronto who are willing to help. Following are some important letters of correspondence you will want to read.
Tenants of 650 Parliament, you can obtain access to your apartments from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Monday, September 3 (Labour Day).
As of September 4, the building will be closed to tenants for an indeterminate amount of time so that we can begin the building restoration.
Please arrive at 650 Parliament by 7:30 p.m. at the latest, as the Fire Marshal has ordered the building to be closed at 8:00.
To obtain access to your suite at 650 Parliament, follow these steps:
1. Register at the Response Office – bring ID if you can.
2. Starting Monday, go to 650 Parliament, where you will need to sign a waiver and a Security staff person will accompany you to your suite. PLEASE TAKE ONLY WHAT IS URGENT, AND SPEND AS LITTLE TIME THERE AS POSSIBLE so that your neighbours can have their turn.
3. As you leave 650 Parliament, sign out with the Security Guard.
All of these requirements are in place to protect the safety of everyone who enters the building.
Thank you for your cooperation.
August 27, we know there will be a number of tenants who are anxious to get into 650 Parliament to gather personal belongings. We have arranged for more than 20 security guards to be on hand to escort you to your suites. In preparation for your visit, the ground floor and stairwells will be illuminated, and we are working on having one elevator operational, to speed up the process and make it easier for security guards to help elderly tenants or those with special needs. In addition, quality air testing will be ongoing to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone in the building.
For the convenience of tenants, we will provide washroom facilities, drink stations and tents for shade while people are waiting. During the first part of the week, when demand will be highest, we ask that you retrieve only essentials. For additional items, you can return later this week or next.
Remember that all tenants wishing to access their suites will have to register and sign a waiver form at the Wellesley Parliament Square Response Office. The waiver relates only to building entry for the retrieval of necessary items, and for no other purpose. At the Response Office, a Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) representative will be available to discuss further subsidies to those in need, as well as someone from the Red Cross to help deal with temporary housing and other social services needs. There will also be a representative on hand from the Insurance Bureau of Canada.
The Response Office is located at the back of 260 Wellesley and will be open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As we move toward restoring 650 Parliament to live-ready conditions, we are making every effort to help you adjust to this temporary displacement. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Toronto Fire Service gave the Management access to begin the restoration process on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 22:15.
You will have noticed a lot of activity going on at 650 Parliament, as workers have been on the scene prepping for the reconstruction that will begin on September 4.
Equipment such as power dryers, cider box air purifiers and air scrubbers have been dropped off to aid in the drying out of the water resulting in Fire Service’s efforts on August 21, as well as removing residue from the smoke that permeated the inside of the building.
Reestablishing good air quality is a top priority, along with getting lighting, elevators and fire protection services up and running again.
Our crews are already working diligently so that when they are able to have exclusive access to the building, the heavy restoration can begin.
Your mail is now available for pick-up at 663 Yonge Street, M4Y 2T0, Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Q: Will units be painted in addition to being cleaned?
A: Once the building skeleton and key areas are repaired, we can address individual apartments. Depending on the amount of smoke damage, some units will need to be painted. The restoration team will use a low V.O.C (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, to ensure good air quality for the workers and the tenants who move back in.
Q: What types of cleaning products are being used in the restoration?
A: For restoration, an environmentally friendly plant-based degreaser will be used. For some units, a sealant paint specifically designed to seal in smoke damage might be necessary. In these instances, the restoration team will use a low V.O.C (Volatile Organic Compound) paint to help ensure good air quality for the workers and the tenants who move back in.
Q: Will insurance adjusters be let into the building before restoration begins on units?
A: Insurance adjustors will be let into the building to assess damage before restoration procedures begin in the units.
Q: How is security being handled for the restoration?
A: There are security guards on site at all times, overseeing the perimeter and interior of the building. There are also guards on stand-by to accompany contract workers through the building, relieve each other to go on breaks, etc.
Q: Can tenants opt out of restoration?
A: All parts of the building must be fully restored before the building can be reoccupied.
Q: Has anything in the units been touched, altered or moved?
A: Floors where there was heavy smoke damage required the team to move air conditioners from windows, and sometimes furniture, in order to allow ventilation of the floors. Otherwise, contents in the unit, including furniture, clothing and possessions, will not be touched.