August 29, 2018

650 Parliament Street Accommodation Letter

Dear Resident, 


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.

a Letter to the neighbours

Dear Resident(s) Wellesley Parliament Square

  

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: 650helpline@wpsq.ca

· Website: wpsq.ca


Sincerely,

A Message From The Mayor

We know that housing for these residents remains an ongoing challenge. Rental accommodation owners in single family homes or multi-unit buildings who have space that can be made available are asked to email our office of @TorontoOEM at oem@toronto.ca or phone 416-392-3959. 

Offers of Accommodation

Rental accommodation owners who have space that can be made available are asked to email oem@toronto.ca or phone 416-392-3959. 

How to Make a Financial Donation

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.

How to Make a Clothing Donation

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:

  • Community Matters, 240 Wellesley St. E., unit 102
  • Community Corner, 200 Wellesley Street, 416-964-6657
    • Accepted Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m

Sept 3, 2018, 9:00 pm

THOSE PLANNING TO TERMINATE THEIR LEASE OR RENTAL AT 650 PARLIAMENT…

Contact service-parliament@wpsq.ca 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.


Doug Sartell

Property Manager

Wellesley Parliament Square

SEPT 4, 2018, 9:00 AM

As of today, September 4, the heavy reconstruction work on 650 Parliament has begun.

Tenant access has ended until restoration is complete.


View prior notices

Sept 4, 2018, 3:00 pm

WELCOME TO OUR NEW STREAMLINED WEBSITE

  

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.

Sept 4, 2018 9 pm

Updates

Sept 5, 2018 7 pm

ATTENTION 650 PARLIAMENT RESIDENTS

  • WE WILL HOLD A MEETING FOR RESIDENTS. DATE AND PLACE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA. STAY TUNED.


  • FOR NON-RESIDENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS HELPING TENANTS, HELP US FIND SHORT-TERM HOUSING. E-MAIL YOUR OFFERS TO 650HELPLINE@WPSQ.CA OR CALL 416 – 929 – 3532 x9

Sept 6, 2018 9 am

ONE STEP AT A TIME…

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.

Sept 6, 2018 7 pm

Restoration work is well underway.

Sept 7, 2018 5 pm

650 PARLIAMENT TENANT MAIL PICK-UP NOW CLOSER

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

Sept 7, 2018 9 pm

Portable switches are being used...

Portable switches are being used to energize the north tower while permanent ones are being fabricated.


New Photos (click to view)

Sept 11, 2018 12 pm

WILL I RETURN HOME TO RAISED RENT?

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.


Doug Sartell

Property Manager

Wellesley Parliament Square

Sept 11, 2018 3 pm

FURTHER UPDATES TO COME…

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.


650helpline@wpsq.ca

Response Office: 416-929-3532 Ext. 9

Sept 12, 2018 10 am

WE’RE ON TRACK FOR ESTIMATED MOVE-INS

Reconstruction is well underway, and as we posted before, we have approximate move-in dates for our tenants who were displaced by the August 21st fire. 


  • Damage to the NORTH TOWER is less extensive. Tentatively, those tenants can move back in for THANKSGIVING, as long as restoration work continues to go according to plan.


  • The SOUTH TOWER sustained more damage. It could be ready as early as 15 weeks from now.