After successfully fighting off a city bid to turn their beloved seniors’ residence into a highrise 30 years ago, the residents of the Beech Hall Housing Co-op are inviting the public to help them celebrate the milestone.
“It’s like one big happy family,” said Borden Craddock, chair of the co-op’s social committee. “There’s just a friendly atmosphere here.”
The housing co-op is open to residents 55 years and older and features 127 units.
“This isn’t like other seniors facilities,” Craddock said, citing Tuesday Teas and other popular social events that draw many residents. “Everyone appreciates being here, it’s almost like a privilege.”
An anniversary luncheon on Saturday, June 20 will feature a screening of the film “Battle of Beech Hall,” which documents the fight between residents and the then-city of York over an attempt to turn the site into a highrise. The battle resulted in the city backing down and offering the land for lease to the housing co-op.
Several local politicians including York South-Weston MP Alan Tonks, whose father, Chris Tonks, was instrumental in the residents’ battle against the city, will speak at the luncheon. Other guests include MPP Laura Albanese and Toronto Councillor Frances Nunziata.
The celebratory luncheon is open to members of the public and will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Beech Hall, located at Humber Boulevard and Weston Road.