Friday, October 31, 2008
above:Wall treatments proposed
The Sony Centre Redevelopment – will result in the creation of a public plaza in the strata land originally intended either for the City Centre cultural project or for a commercial development.
from the city report, take note of the coloured text
The original Umbrella Agreement with Castlepoint Realty Partners Ltd. (Castlepoint) incorporated a fallback scenario in which a commercial development would be constructed in the strata land below the proposed condominium tower in lieu of the City
Centre. However, at its meeting in July, 2008, Council approved amendments to the Umbrella Agreement that provided staff and the developer, Castlepoint Realty Partners Ltd., with the opportunity to examine a further alternative for this strata land. Under this alternative, the strata land would be used for additional residential development and a public plaza instead of a commercial development. Staff have determined that this new alternative will result in significant public benefits and that it will aid in the operations of the existing theatre.
Anywhere - other than this site, a developer could be seen to be using the planning system to his own advantage, yet here the developer will probably make less money off the additional residential placed on the site than the other option of a commercial development.
Link to the city's staff report [opens in new window]
Posted by robert
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The artist rendering plan of the West Toronto condo development above is only an example of the park like setting most west end condo developers are placing in the their multiplex building projects.
Look at all the park like features included for the use of their customers, in the above example they even include a putting green and a water fall, and a “community” BBQ area. All of these are great recreational park features, present in many public parks.
Developer efforts made in this manner are great for those who purchase the condos in their development. They will have many of the amenities present in public parks right there at the foot of their building to use. Greater access and ease of use than using the same conveniences in a public park, which is the worrying part – will private developer parks contribute to the breakdown in ground level community support to public parks.
Why put effort into a community park if the one outside your door is there for me, many people will ask. Of course there are many reasons, such as community cohesion, but thoughts such as these require contemplation and effort which many people do not have the time for in a city that people have come to expect good city parks.
Developer parks something coming upon the west end fast without much realization.
Posted by Robert
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
47 Vine Ave has grown a very usual front side protuberance; albeit, one without much curb appeal. Still wondering if this is a simple addition to add another apartment.
Whatever it is - it blocks the front door.
The site has been particularly busy, with a lot of work going on about the area of the retaining wall with vertical ibeams being driven into the ground and a whole lot of grey rock being placed in the area about 1o meters from the track side of the lot.
Picture credit - Grant Macdonald Flickr
Construction during November 2008 and be finished in December 2008 to replace dasher board system at High Park Artificial Ice Rink. New dasher boards will be purchased and installed using a donation of $150,000.00 from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment on Wikipedia [opens in new window]
Parks, Forestry and Recreation will contribute $45,000 towards the joint project to repair the surrounding fencing at the same facility.
The cities acceptance of this donation was moved by: Councillor Saundercook and seconded by: Councillor Grimes. This type of basic, down-to-needs effort from elected members is just what they should be doing.
Posted by Robert
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
If this renovation, taking place now on Grafton Ave. which is near Queen and Roncesvalles Ave retains the exterior ornamental eve and covered entry roof over the front door, it will be great news for the area. Grafton Ave. a small street running east off Roncesvalles Ave has for many years been abused by people coming in and performing very rough and quick renovations, and in some cases outright demolition. Lots on the street have been used to construct large intense infill houses. With all of this happening many of the houses have lost their character, which this house has been able to retain, hope that holds true for its future.
Monday, October 27, 2008
from Heritage Toronto site
Exhibition Place: Ghostly Secrets Revealed
On Wednesday October 29th at 7:00 p.m., please join Steve Collie for a very special ghost tour of the Exhibition Grounds, with all proceeds benefiting the United Way.
Exhibition Place is known for its bright lights and entertaining shows, but lurking below the surface are a few well-kept secrets that, until this walking tour, were primarily known only to staff who work the late shift. That the grounds should harbour otherworldly visitors is not much of a surprise: the Horticulture Building was once used as a temporary morgue; the current site of the CNE midway was a bloody battlefield during the War of 1812; and the grounds were once home to two military forts. Not to mention the CNE's own long history, going back to 1879 - plenty of time and plenty of reasons for an accumulation of "things that go bump in the night."
Date: Wednesday, October 29th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Leader: Steve Collie
Start Point: General Services Building, 2 Manitoba Drive at Strachan Ave. (north of the Princes' Gate entrance to the Exhibition Grounds)
Finish Point: Scadding Cabin
Length: Approximately 2-3 hrs.
Difficulty: Long walk on level ground; some stairs
Cost: $5.00 charge per person with all money raised going to United Way
Recents posts at the Junction Parents Blog
Free Stroller Fit Classes in High Park begin Monday, November 3rd at 9:00 am and will run all year round
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Friday, October 24, 2008
The train which is traveling across the country will to raise food, money and awareness for local food banks. Bring your cash and food donations and support your local food bank.
Just remember these are very short stops being 30 minutes only
Tuesday, December 2
Junction stop Toronto – 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. – 87 Ethel Avenue, adjacent to RONA
and if you cannot make that the closest next stop isVaughan – 9:00 to 9:30 p.m. – Northwest corner of CP Vaughan Intermodal Yard andNashville Road, near grain elevator.Posted by Robert
The awards celebrate outstanding contributions by individuals and community organizations.
At the Hertitage Toronto Site are a lot of great images and background [opens in new window] on the buildings. The addresses and a image of each is from the Heritage Toronto site.
Regal Road School Portico, 95 Regal Road
map it via google maps link
[opens in new window]
Wesley Building, 299 Queen Street West old CHUM/City building
and last, but not least, a nominee:
Kingsway-Lambton United Church, 85 The Kingsway
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Watching another project in close prox to The Village by High Park provides an insight to the where the current process at the Village by High Park is heading. James Court – a condo project off Royal York Rd in The Humbertown area north of Dundas ST. has placed in the shoring and appears to be moving to pouring foundation concrete.
Posted by Robert
The project moves on with the further inserting of piles into the ground and the removal of the last sections of the foundation. As the work is watched, an interesting question is, will they dig the lot out to a normal foundation level right to Keele St. and to the tracks, which may necessitate the complete removal of the old subway wall.
Village by High Park demo contractor truck dirt and concrete from the site up Black Creek Blvd.
Posted by Robert
Grafton community garden is a wonderful little park North West on Roncesvalles near the intersection of Roncesvalles, Queen and King Streets. On Oct 25 they are having a garlic and bulb planting day. This community really does have a lot of support from the neighborhood – not just support - but timely support by the looks of the scarecrow – which is just right for the season.
In many areas people speak a lot about supporting their park and making the park a real part of the community. Well the people involved and the communities around this park have done it. Many other parks groups in WTO should take note.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wal-Mart is one of the few big businesses to allow camper vans and trailers to spend the night free of charge. Many RV campers are taking advantage of Wal-Mart parking lots along the way. And they have found this a great savings during their travels. These campers can be seen in many communities at Wal-Mart, but are not often seen at inner city Wal-Marts.
Yet Wednesday afternoon there were three RV's in the Walmart lot at St Clair Ave. west. and Runnymede Ave.
Posted by Robert
Picture Credit - David
Named The Forest Hill yet not located in what most people delineate as Forest Hill, its a bit like calling the Junction, upper High Park; its close enough that I don’t think anyone will complain about it but not so close that people who really want to be known for living in Forest Hill would buy a unit there. If they do, they might be a little disappointed. Nevertheless, a great location with an entrance to St Clair West subway station a block away, streetcars, buses, walkable routes and all shopping and eating services at the door.
Picture Credit - David
Visit their “media” page for construction updates and releases
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Someone has converted a house in the south Quebec Ave. area into long-term term rentals for business trips, temporary housing, or corporate transfers. Although many people may find this a new occurrence in the area, it is not. For a long time the original developer of the apartment block complex on High Park Ave. used the 2 story town houses just north of Bloor St. for this purpose.
As a business venture it’s hoped it will succeed for the people involved. Nevertheless, the building just does not have the visual stance it should have, but rather, retains the flavour of a 60 or 70’s duplex.
From their email...
The High Park Executive Residence is ideal for:
Long-term business trips Temporary housing for corporate transfers
For those who prefer the feel of home as appose to a feel of a hotel room
We are located in the heart of High Park a beautiful matured community street. Ideally located between Pearson International Airport and the downtown core.
We have the following rooms available
1-bedroom suites 1000 sqft.
2-bedroom suites 1000 sqft.
3-bedroom suites 1250 sqft.
Link to their site
Posted by Robert
Monday, October 20, 2008
It appears the city has located the correct pipe to cap after the Village by High Park shoring contractor hit a water pipe Friday. It must be really difficult to map the old water pipes in the Junction, even the city took three days to find the right one. No doubt the contractor was surprized to have hit a pipe.
This house is one reason why the influx of architects opening shops in WTO is needed.
This house on Windermere Avenue is undergoing an upgrade of some sort, and leaving it to people living on the street to make a final decision as to its value, there is still much to be considered about the exterior treatments being used.
1st, they are painting the normal type of brick used in Toronto- a material made to be applied to building as a veneer or in greater thickness to create a self supporting wall. Painted brick will peel, letting someone tell you it won’t is fooling yourself.
It also appears they are keeping the veranda closed in, which is a shame as verandas are wonderful places to sit and experience the urban outdoors. In Toronto, unheated and enclosed outside verandas quickly take on a smell of mildew and a feeling of damp.
Posted by Robert
Friday, October 17, 2008
The Village by High Park hit a watermain early Friday afternoon, creating a pool at the north west side of the lot.
Water still running Saturday ay 3pm.
Friday Oct 17th arrives with none of the usual workers cars outside of the Benjamin Moore head office on Mulock Ave, confirming yesterdays post. See yesterday's post below or by clicking here.
Benjamin Moore moves head office out of the Junction?
Benjamin Moore & Co., Limited , 139 Mulock Ave, Toronto, ON, M6N 1G9
new address (October 17, 08 change on their web site)
Benjamin Moore & Co., Limited, 7070 Mississauga Road, Suite 100, Mississauga, ON L5N 5M8.
Options for Homes, The Village by High Park project continues work on their site drilling holes and generally moving some dirt around. The drilling of the holes is the most interesting work on the site now. What they do in this area will determine the structural interaction of the railway and the new building. This is of prime importance to those buying units in the building because many homes in the area feel the passing train vibrations as trains go by; hopefully the buyers of units in this project will not feel them as strongly.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
It appears - and this blog has been told that Benjamin Moore which has had a industrial presence in the Junction since January 14, 1907 is closing it's offices here. A couple of years ago it moved its manufacturing plant to Burlington, Ontario.
From the companies history page
On September 7, 1906 the Canadian company was incorporated. Benjamin Moore was elected president at the first shareholders meeting held on September 11, 1906. In 1911 Fred Moore, Benjamin’s half brother, became Treasurer and managing director of the Canadian subsidiary. The plant on Lloyd Avenue was purchased on January 14, 1907. [some text redacted]
Manufacturing in the Toronto plant also was discontinued after 94 years. The Burlington, Ontario manufacturing facility (formerly Technical Coatings Co. Limited) was expanded to centralize all solvent-based production and the Montreal facility also expanded and became an all-latex facility.
For the company having a head office in this location on Mulock Ave. probably made no business sense, now that the original plant had stopped operating.
Benjamin Moore is an astute company in product development and its paint products hold a high value opinion with the general paint buying public mind. This company would have been a great firm to keep in the community.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
From the city's backgrounder
The applicant, KLM Planning Partners Inc., has submitted an application to permit the
development of the 3.6 hectare site with 6 commercial retail buildings, including
restaurants, and a car dealership with a motor vehicle repair shop. The portion of the site
located west of Jane Street, is proposed to be used as a parking and storage area for the
car dealership’s vehicle stock. The site is to be developed in Phases, with Phase I being
the dealership, Phase II - the three building on the east portion of the site and Phase III -
the middle portion of the site. All three phases will be connected by and have access to
the internal driveways. Canadian Pacific Railway has indicated that Phase III will likely
not occur for approximately five years as the environmental remediation for the middle
portion of the site will take that long to complete. The Application Data Sheet
(Attachment 6) provides all the relevant project information.
Site and Surrounding Area
The proposed development will be located on a portion of the CPR lands on the south
side of St. Clair Avenue West at Jane Street.
CP Railway Lands – St. Clair Avenue West and Jane
Street – Official Plan Amendment and Rezoning
Applications – Final Report
Full report [opens in new window]
Options/ The Village by High Park continued work on the east side of Keele St. today removing more of the old subway wall and a lot of 2 foot drilling.
In other areas on the site they are doing earth moving and removal of foundation, they have not touched the railway basin wall as of yet.
posted by Robert
Monday Morning (Oct 14/08) a team of three parks employees conducted a drop test in the new playground area to ensure they area was surface safe for children playing on the playground equipment. Alphe Savoie a playground practitioner with the parks department made the test with two of his park department associates.
The test was made with the Triax 2000 triaxial accelerometer which measures impact in three dimensions using a hemispheric shaped head from. The head from is dropped from a tripod from a distance - in this case of approx 8 feet. The Gs, HIC, and impact velocity are measured. the velocity, time, and date of each drop are reported. The city then archives this data for compliance reporting.
The results of this mornings test are as follows. The numbers listed below are representative of all the drops done at the testing time, all of which I watched.
Peak of 55 ( Gs) where the upper limit number is 200
Peak of 158 (HIC) where the upper limit number is 1000
You can see by the numbers the surfcae passed with flying colours.
Posted by Robert
Monday, October 13, 2008
Local Option Arts Awards Celebration Thurs.
Oct.23 you can read all about this at The Arts Junction Blog.
and this great big gem
Thurs. Nov. 1
7:30 pm Business meeting.
8:15 pm . Richard Spiegelman,
...who writes articles about automobiles
and is an expert on the history of their manufacture and retailing, will inform us of cars built in Toronto.
Link to his site
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Victoria Royce Presbyterian Church stained glass windows are coming down this week and are destined for another church, we are told by the company removing the glass. The Junction loses a real important artifact that helped set the grammar of ornament on Annette St. Yet at least it's going into another church.
A tip came in from blog reader Hamish so we scooted right over there. Here are some images of the removal.
Picture Credit - Robert
An update will be posted, once we can get more info.
Public Works and Infrastructure Committee - Meeting 19 - October 10, 2008
A city advisory committee wants to recruit "3Rs Ambassadors" to help Toronto reach its target of diverting 70 per cent of garbage from the dump by 2010. The proposal goes to the works committee today.
This plan is to address condo unit and apartments which usually only recycle 15% of their waste.
- PW19.1 - 3Rs Working Group - Update on Activities and 3Rs Ambassador Program
2008-10-10-PW19.1-Letter from 3Rs Working Group.doc
2008-10-10-PW19.1-3Rs Ambassador Program - Proposed Implementation Plan.doc
- PW19.8 - 2008 Bikeway Network Program - Annette Street: Jane Street To Runnymede Road (Ward 13)
2008-10-10-PW19.8-Staff Report and Appendices A and B.doc
2008-10-10-PW19.8-Appendix C - Options Presented at Public Meeting.doc
Posted By Robert
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Viewed from the turn at Gilmour Ave this house appears set or is in the process of really big changes, right now the back windows have been removed and the decorative ornamental mouldings
This is another large - strip the house reno in the junction, and there is another one going on on Mc Murray Avenue at the same time. Renovations of this type as they become more and more frequent are really likely to change the historic and cultural milieu of the Junction area. The area needs some work for sure, and people who put the money into that amount of renovation should be here to stay, with the concomitant interest in the community, yet without building & planning controls to ensure building and zoning character the community will lose.
Posted by Robert
Reading all this stuff indicates that the Formation of the West-Toronto Crime Task Force has happened. Hopefully this effort will lead to some lasting changes and new structural rules to help with the current situation. [see city summary at end of post]
EY20.17 - West Toronto Crime Task Force (Wards 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 17)
EY20.17a - Formation of the West Toronto Crime Task Force
(Deferred from September 9, 2008 - 2008.EY19.39)
EY20.17b - West Toronto Crime Task Force: Clerk’s Impact
September 25, 2008 report
That the first meeting of the Task Force be held at the York Civic Centre, 2700
Etobicoke York Community Council Meeting No. 19, Item No. EY19.39
as soon as possible, and that the West-Toronto Task Force
- Police Chief
- President, Toronto Parking Authority
- Chief Executive Officer, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
- Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards
- Chief Building Official/Executive Director
- Medical Officer of Health
- Fire Chief
- General Manager, Transportation Services
- Representatives of local community groups; and
- Representatives of Business Improvement Areas (BIAs)
Summary from city
Recently, a number of high profile incidents of crime including shootings and stabbings have raised concerns over community safety and violence in the former Cities of York and Toronto. This raises the need for a complete, community-driven approach in dealing with crime and crime prevention initiatives. Problem addresses and establishments, including public places, have become a pervasive problem that require complete co-operation of all City departments, government agencies and stakeholders to resolve. Through out the 1990s and early 2000s Councillor Palacio led a small group of City Officials known as the “Ward 17 Crime Task Force”. A similar Task Force was also set up by Councillor Frances Nunziata in her Ward. Constituents would report problem locations to the Councillor’s office and monthly meetings would be convened with all relevant City departments including the Police, Municipal Licensing and Standards, Toronto Fire, Public Health, the Alcohol and
Gaming Commission, among others. This proved to be an effective means of identifying problematic locations and ensuring that prompt action was taken in a co-ordinated way...
Over at the world 19 blog they have an complete update backed by all the background info with liks to city docs. In fact everything you would want or need to know.
from their site;
In this newsletter, we provide a brief background (again) on this issue, a recap of the public meeting held Sep. 15, results of public input, staff recommendations, and information on its next stage: presentation to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Oct. 10, and information on how to provide your input.
The issue goes to Committee, Friday Oct. 10.
- Public response overwhelmingly supports full bike lanes
- City Staff supports full bike lanes
- world19 supports full bike lanes
- Councillor Saundercook opposes full bike lanes
- Your voice needs to be heard.
- Read on…
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Attention all Annette bike lane advocates! The final round of the great Annette Bike Lanes Debacle is upon us. It’s time to gear up one last time and let your wishes be known to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee before they convene this coming Friday, October 10th to determine just what will be done about the missing stretch of bike lanes between Runnymede and Jane.
World 19 site
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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Village by High Park condo development the biggest the junction has seen to this date attracts a lot of interest from the neighbourhood. Well almost everyday it has one neighbourhood member, taking a very close look from their property line.
Also there is some angled drilling taking place today.
Posted by Robert
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