'Blight on the neighbourhood': Toronto man arrested for disrupting HBO shoots


'Blight on the neighbourhood': Toronto man arrested for disrupting HBO shoots
  1. 'Blight on the neighbourhood': Toronto man arrested for disrupting HBO shoots
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    450 Pape Ave. home also used last year for Stephen King’s “It” prompting protest from neighbour over noise compl…
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A man who said he was frustrated at frequent movie shootings at a neighbouring house in Riverdale was arrested Monday afternoon after loud music blaring from his radio disrupted the latest production there.

Two speakers and an amplifier was set up in his backyard where a radio was blasting in the direction of 450 Pape Ave. during the production of the HBO movie Fahrenheit 451, starring Michael B. Jordan and Scarborough-born YouTube star Lilly Singh.

Nick Shcherban was charged with mischief — interfere with property, public mischief, criminal harassment and causing a disturbance. He will have a bail hearing Tuesday morning.

Shcherban said in an interview earlier on Monday that 450 Pape is exclusively and constantly used for filming movies, commercials, and having photo shoots, causing disruptions like excessive noise and blocking access to a TTC bus stop.

Shcherban said he has twice been offered to be put up in a hotel during production as compensation but rejected it both times. He said the offers were short notice, and on one occasion he needed his daughter to stay at home after surgery.

Originally built by William Harris in the 1880s, the majestic-looking home at 450 Pape Ave. was bought by the Salvation Army in 1930 and used as a home for single mothers for 75 years. In 2010, the building received heritage designation.

The property is owned by Riverdale Mansion Ltd. and Eracon Holdings (Pape) Ltd. It was purchased by Eracon Holdings (Pape) Ltd. in May 2015 for $2,300,000.

Alex Marrero, a partner in Eracon Holdings, forwarded to the Star emails showing that Shcherban has asked for thousands of dollars in compensation for filming next door.

“I feel very bad that this happened to him,” said Marrero, who said his company uses the profits from renting out 450 Pape to film companies to pay taxes on the place which is currently unoccupied.

“He says we’ve filmed 25 movies (this past year). I wish, the city would never give the permits.”

In the past year, Marrero said three films and one commercial were shot on the property.

Riverdale resident Nick Shcherban says that excessive film shoots in a neighbourhood home at 450 Pape Avenue are disrupting him and his neighbours.

Torstar News Service

Riverdale resident Nick Shcherban says that excessive film shoots in a neighbourhood home at 450 Pape Avenue are disrupting him and his neighbours.

Shcherban contacted the Star to complain about the latest production after he also protested the filming of It, a horror film based on a Stephen King novel that was on location for 42 days at that house last year.

Both the Star and Toronto police received complaints during the audible protest from his backyard.

When Shcherban concluded his interview with the Star, a police officer approached him to discuss a noise complaint against him. Shcherban told the officer that they would need a warrant to do anything about it, and within 30 minutes, three detectives appeared at his door, warrant in hand.

It took more than 15 minutes for Shcherban to respond to the detectives after receiving multiple warnings that his door would be broken down if necessary.

He was escorted out of his home and into a police car, as the film crew watched the dramatic scene.

“Serves him right,” said a film crew member who witnessed the arrest. “We’ve put billions into the Toronto film industry in the last decade.”

In March, Eracon Holdings’ proposal to convert the heritage building into a 28-unit apartment building was approved.

“Last year, it was horrendous,” said Vida Jan, a Riverdale resid…

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