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.
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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
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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.
The City of Toronto is committed to assisting residents of 650 Parliament Street during this difficult time.
This letter provides updated information about the continuation of assistance from the City of Toronto available to your household as a result of being displaced from 650 Parliament St.
Contacting the property manager for assistance:
The property manager of 650 Parliament Street is working to secure short-term accommodations for those in need. Please stay in touch with building management via 416-929-3532, on Twitter @650parliament and online at http://wpsq.ca/.
For Residents temporarily housed in hotels:
As you may recall, you were advised at the time of registration that the location of your temporary accommodation may change at any time due to available space. Emergency lodging being provided may include commercial accommodation or the use of City emergency shelter services.
You will need to check out some time between Aug 31 and Sept 4 depending on your location. However, it is strongly advised that you secure alternative accommodations as soon as possible. You are also advised to keep any and all records and receipts associated with moving locations and temporary accommodation as you may be entitled to compensation by the landlord and/or insurance if applicable.
We continue to encourage you to seek accommodation with family and friends if possible.
Reception Centre at Regent Park Community Centre - 12:00 pm August 31st:
In the event that you have no other options for accommodation, the City will be opening a reception centre at Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St. as of Noon (12:00 pm) on Friday, August 31st and will provide the following:
- cots available for overnight accommodation
- meals for overnight residents
- locked storage cupboard for personal belongings
- animal services for pet care
For all residents of 650 Parliament Street:
The Red Cross hotline is still available for assistance and inquiries about services and accommodations 1-855-797-8875.
Everyone who needs it will be given accommodation at Regent Park. Once again, the City of Toronto is committed to helping you connect to the services you need during this difficult time.
CORRECTION TO LETTER FROM CITY OF TORONTO
The letter from the City of Toronto sent on August 29, 2018 directs tenants of 650 Parliament to call 647-760-7339 for assistance. This phone number is correct, but it is the 650 Parliament Help Line, not the Wellesley Parliament Square Management Office. Those who still require help finding short-term housing, when you call the Help Line, leave your name, apartment number, phone number and the number of people who live in your apartment.
Like you, we are shocked and extremely upset about the six-alarm fire that occurred on August 21, causing the tenants at 650 Parliament to evacuate their building. There was no fire and the smoke was cleared, but several building systems are not functioning, such as lighting, elevators and fire protection services.
The City of Toronto and Red Cross have been working hard to help find temporary accommodations for the displaced tenants who cannot move in with family. Right now, they are being housed in the Regent Park and Wellesley Community Centres. Although this is a welcome immediate solution, it is uncomfortable for many people, especially the young and the elderly.
We are reaching out to you and the other tenants in Wellesley Parliament Square to ask if you are able to offer temporary accommodations to those who are displaced, please contact us through the special email and website that we created. These are your neighbours, and we like to think of Wellesley Parliament Square as a community in the most caring sense of the word.
We are not allowed into the building until the Fire Marshal gives us permission. We are in continual communication with that office, and as soon as we are allowed, our working crews will get into the building to begin repairs.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are willing to offer accommodation to any tenants, feel free to contact us.
· E-mail: email@example.com
· Website: wpsq.ca
Rental accommodation owners who have space that can be made available are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 416-392-3959.
The Canadian Red Cross is accepting financial donations to assist those affected by the fire. Donations can be made online at redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111.
Any individual or group who would like to organize community fundraising events are also encouraged to connect with the Canadian Red Cross at redcross.ca/communityfundraising or by calling 1-800-418-1111 to register their event.
New clothing and shoes for children are needed most urgently. A donation drive for new clothing for residents is being organized in partnership with Community Matters and Community Corner.
For more information contact:
Contact email@example.com in order to arrange for the termination of your lease.
Come to the Property Management office and sign a termination paper. There is no need to show proof of a new apartment.
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We’ve been busy reorganizing the website to make it more user friendly. When you visit WPSQ.ca, the home page now displays the most recent updates on 650 Parliament. The most current update will change every day at approximately 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The menu above now features buttons to link to the following pages:
· FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions. Find answers to the most common questions we hear.
· Photos – Groups of photos. As new photos become available, they will be grouped so you see the most recent at the top
· Contact – All of our contact information, as well as info for other organizations who are helping, is gathered in one place.
· Prior Notices – When notices are no longer relevant, they are moved here so we have an archive of what was posted when.
The fire alarm system in 650 Parliament is now functional. Yesterday, a smoke detector in one of the corridors reacted to dust created by the workers and caused the alarms to activate.
In an effort to make the lives of displaced tenants easier, Canada Post has moved the location at which you pick up your mail to a closer spot.
AS OF MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, you can pick up your mail at 663 YONGE STREET, Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Update from twitter
We have been made aware of concerns that displaced tenants of 650 Parliament will face rent raises when they return to their apartments.
This is not true.
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Answers and updates regarding a number of concerns you have expressed through social media channels are being discussed and are coming soon.
Please check those channels, as well as the website, for updates starting tomorrow.
You can reach out to us via phone or email should you have any specific questions.
Response Office: 416-929-3532 Ext. 9