Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
200 Annette Street - Committee of Adjustments
With lots of action around 200 Annette Street this week, I thought I would take a trip to Etobicoke and take a look at the proposal. The developer’s website has some drawings of the proposal which closely resemble the drawings which I saw on file at the Committee of Adjustments. http://terrafirmahomes.com/loft-in-toronto.html
The development requires 4 minor variances which are before the Committee of Adjustments on May 20. The developer still has time to make changes but below is a laymen’s list of what was in the file on April 29.
- A 4.57m wide driveway is proposed, 6.0m is required bylaw.
- Parking Spot width of 2.74m is requested, 3.2 is required
- The dormer height on the north side is 10.42m, 10.0m is the maximum allowable height even though the roof of the church is much higher than 10.0m
- The proposed residential gross floor area (GFA) is 583m2 which exceeds the allowable amount by over 350m2. The actual church is not getting significantly bigger with the condo conversion but GFA for residential is different than it is for churches.
- To accommodate the driveway and parking area the site plan calls for the removal of 2 mature trees including one large tree on High Park Ave and one at the back of the site.
- New entrance door on the west facade.
- Five new entrance doors on the south facade
- 10 new skylights on the south roof.
- The site plans notes “relocate bus shelter”. I think this is to improve the unit 1 patio view but I wonder what the TTC is going to say about that.
I hope a few facts and drawings help clear up some questions about this project.
Martin Lennox JRA co-chair
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
About the cinemas that once lined the West Toronto Junction article over at Heritage Toronto website.
Imagine an 800-seat theatre in the Junction, with an elegant marbleized lobby and a state-of-the-art theatre organ that could simulate a full orchestra.
Consider, too, management's efforts to lure children to the cinema with the prize of a Shetland pony for best attendance.
The Beaver Theatre opened Nov. 24, 1913 on Dundas St. W., east of Pacific Ave. That was just four years after the community, a then prosperous manufacturing centre crossed by four rail lines, was annexed by the City of Toronto
more? direct link
Brought to the blogs attention by David W.
CONTACT Photography is the world’s largest festival of its kind, designed to engage the public in celebration of the art of photography. For yet another year, The Junction will continue to distinguish itself as hosting the largest concentration of venues with photographic art in the Toronto area. Twenty one businesses will showcase the work of twenty eight local, Canadian and international artists.
All exhibits will be open to the public on May 1st through to the 31st. Our formal Opening Night reception will be held on Saturday May 8th, from 6 to 9 p.m., at all 21 venues. At 9 p.m., we will present the screening of an internationally acclaimed short film at The Historic Junction Train Platform (2954 Dundas Street West at Pacific Ave.).
Join us this May and stroll from venue to venue. Check out our wonderfully eclectic selection of shops and highly regarded restaurants. Come celebrate CONTACT Photography in the Junction.
For more information, please visit www.thejunctionbia.com or contact: Junctionbia2010@gmail.com.
Municipal Licensing and Standards report on monitoring of Hard Rock and Santos Excavating and Neon Disposal Ltd., 101 Union Street
Highlights from city the report.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
The South Junction Triangle site has been changed to www.junctiontriangle.ca, to reflect the chosen name of the community, and the Fuzzy Boundaries project is complete. they now have also added the Junction Triangle Rail Committee to the local portfolio of efforts.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Post submitted by Sonny P.
I was out for a walk today when I stumbled upon a great community service.
It's called "Free Geek" and today (Saturday April 24th) was their open
house. It started in 2000 in Portland, Oregon and has spread throughout
the states and Canada. Free Geek has two central goals: to reuse or
recycle used computer equipment that might otherwise become hazardous
waste, and to make computer technology more accessible to those who lack
financial means or technical knowledge.
From their website:
"Yes, we do "give" good computers away at $0.00. You can get one in
exchange for volunteer work in our community technology center. Our two
main sharing programs, and the core of our non-profit, have varying levels
of learning and time commitments:
Our other activities, such as our Thrift Store, help support these programs.
No previous computer experience is necessary! We teach you all you need to
know. You keep both the complete computer you earn, and the free
education. No tuition fees are required, either. The main requirements,
besides your getting here, that we build upon are the good old-fashioned
skills of reading, writing and arithmetic.
Funny, huh? Those are the traditional 3 Rs, and yet there is now another
meaning for "3 Rs": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Free Geek Toronto, like all
Free Geeks, focuses on Reuse first, ethical Recycling second, and the
overall goal is to Reduce the environmental impact of electronic waste."
They give PC's away FREE to customers in exchange for volunteering at the
center. So not only are they reducing the waste of computers being thrown
in landfills but they are also training the community on computer repair
and giving computers to those who might not be able to afford such
I just donated an old computer and mouse and I encourage anyone in the
area to donate your old PCs, keyboards, monitors and software to them.
They're also looking for furniture, cables and building supplies
Another plus is that they are occupying the once derelict building and lot
of 51 Vine which if you recall was a scrap yard only 2 years ago!
I’m happy to announce the Committee of Adjustment unanimously rejected the proposal to sever 244 High Park Ave.
On behalf of the Junction Residents Association I would like to thank the dozens of people who wrote the Committee of Adjustment, attended the community meetings and spoke today at the hearing.
A focused community effort proved successful but our fight for the preservation of the Junction my not be over. The developer can now appeal the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board.
We’ll be ready for that fight later but for now take a walk down High Park Avenue and enjoy some of the historic homes of our small town within this great city.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The Troubadour will be closing up because of the sale of the building, in which the new owner wants to use the building.
Always good music coming out of the place and so many people liked it.
The differing views abound in the Annette St area over the past few years with all the changes being made.
...from road work to church conversion more views like this are coming.
Before all this conversion of building began happening you could look from most yards and see a church. It was wonderful, yet is nice here that the bulk of the church will remain.
There is always a lot of interest of the retail mix on the Junction strip. In terms of food establishments, does the Junction need service, character and design consideration to establish the right elements for a good eating establishment?
To illustrate this point this author offers the example of Woodys Burgers om Lakeshore Blvd in Longbranch., This restaurant has a clean, well designed interior, a welcoming exterior, and a wonderful view of the food on offer.
They also have a assortment of sides to have with your burger all clearly viewable under glass. And place is clean really clean, crisp.
This restaurant inexpensive meal out, or great for take-out. While the meal image may give the impressions the portions are small, go for dinner, and you won't be disappointed... they are just right. Try the special side dishes that you can't find in the usual Junction places, and see if you think we need a place with a menu like it has in the Junction.
3795 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Toronto, ON M8W 1R2
Monday, April 19, 2010
Along a stretch of fence for a hundred meters just south of King St West by the old Massy lands is this collection of realtor lock boxes.
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I thought before I wrote anything about this I'd ask for opinions on the development.
What do you think of the side of the church facing Annette changing so much?
Are eight units too many?
Is the loss of another Annette St church an issue?
Thanks to Martin L co-chair of the Junction Residents Association for alerting this to the blog.
vu ja de means,
It's when you know you have never been there before. (2)An experience like nothing you have ever seen or felt before. (3) Never have imagined living the moment. <--- I like that line
above from Urban Dictionary
...and the sign typography is great. and the bright colours in the window really make a scene for the eye in an a strip of stores that are basically monotone.
anyone know anything about this store?
In the image below, much needed work is being done on the Keele Centre bi-level industrial mall, at 530 Keele St.
...and in the image below the CPR is cleaning up and laying down some new fill on the area that was last used by them for their Iron Highway effort.
Annual city of Toronto Community cleanup day
Start point The Green P Pacific Ave, pick up Bags and gloves here
Keele – Mulock Parkette
North Junction Clean up
starting at 9am
There will also be a neighbourhood Clean-up starting at 9am and meeting at the Keele – Mulock Parkette. Gloves and Bags will also be provided.. Gloves and Bags will also be provided.
brought up from comments area from a comment by North Junction resident
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Structural upgrades generally consisting of the construction of five new piers within the parking lot to provide additional support of the bridge deck. All work is being conducted within the property of the commuter parking lot.
10 large diameter caisson holes were augered into the ground; 5 holes on either side of the bridge. Each pair of caissons were joined with a concrete beam that was formed below grade and poured over the caissons. A steel frame will be placed and permanently rest on each of the concrete beams. The steel frames will be jacked up to the underside of the bridge to provide added support.
text from TTC
Why didn't Max's market come to the Junction?
Would they have come if the old Mc brides building was available?
Was the new retail space in the Village by the Park not suitable?
What was wrong with the old Shopper drug site (now a private community family centre)
Max's Market is a gourmet grocer in Bloor West Village. They sell a wide selection of specialty products, cheeses and prepared foods.
The Bloor West Village foodery is opening a new store at 871 Islington Avenue, is an rather odd location to get too. You cannot even access the store from Islington Avenue, but have to access the store via Queen Elizabeth Boulevard.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Parkdale Village Walk: A Sense of History and Community
The Parkdale Residents Association invites you to join us in an exploration
of Parkdale on Saturday, May 1st, starting at 2 pm. The walk will begin
outside of the Parkdale Library at 1303 Queen St W.
This walk will be as diverse as the neighbourhood of Parkdale. Walkers will
be given a brief history of the Village of Parkdale as we begin in the Village
Square. From there, we will walk a small section of this “unique village
within a metropolis,” looking at and exploring the history, architecture,
green spaces, spiritual places, cultures and people that make this a true
melting pot. The walk ends back at the Village Square with light
refreshments in what was the Fire Hall and is now the Masaryk-Cowan
Community Recreation Centre.
A Parkdale Village Walk is one of the international Jane’s Walks, named in
honour of the late urban planner, Jane Jacobs.
The walk will last approximately 1 and 1/2 hours. The rain date is Sunday,
May 2nd, at 2 pm.
You may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-533-0044 for more
Sunday, April 11, 2010
the blog was hacked at the hosting company (network solutions) along with hundreds of others.
I have just finishing doing a 3rd scan of all 10,000 or so files that make up the blog and found no threats.
(network solutions did their own cleanup too probably more through that mine I used both Norton and Eset )
Now I am rebuilding the plugins and other stuff back into the blog, will have new posts up this morning. Monday afternoon the 12th still fixing things updated 9:57pm Sunday
Friday, April 9, 2010
The Toronto Star is reporting....
In a major victory for Toronto’s Junction community, Metrolinx has agreed to drop its appeal of a decision that limits the amount of noise it can make in the west-end neighborhood.
In December, the CTA ordered GO to limit work hours and use quieter methods at the rail crossing. GO had already implemented quieter technology and shrouds over the pile drivers to try to reduce the noise.
About 85 per cent of the 2,400 piles required have been completed, Thomas said. But the project, which was to have been finished last year, now won’t be done until the end of this year.
link to full story at TS
Thanks to blog reader Helen for bringing to the blogs attention
In terms of character of use with a VW enthusiast specialist shop on the retail level and self promoting actor on the second this building has some real character.
[caption id="attachment_6282" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="43 Junction Rd lease sign too bad it's not for studios"][/caption]
The top image in this post which is from a building in the Junction Triangle would be a welcome site in the Junction. Studio space in the Junction for "makers - those who design and construct" is almost non existent.
Now one of the best options for this use is simply renting as storage space.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Are there opinions on what the Junction needs as a retail business in this store front?
This author has begun thinking about what does the Junction retail strip really need to serve the community in terms of a retail effort right now. May I suggest with the addition of the High Park family center that we have enough businesses serving the young families in the community...or am I off the mark there?
What is the most needed retail type now? ...to round out the strip...this author finds it difficult thinking.
The situation of place in Carlton Village area around Old westion Rd. and Davenport is changing rapidly, yet during the changes their our some wonderful sites such as above.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
This image of the Railpath gives rise to the though of what a great idea the path was and is. In addition is serves as a monument to the greatness of the work of all the people who made it a reality.
At this point in the path route their is a large paved tarmac path as well as an expanse of trees and vegetation.
Oh not to forget the exciting trains to the right!
The Junction Meatpacking District is growing and entrenching with the new addition to the St Helen's Meat Packers Limited firm.
Using a open space found at the east south corner of their building and a the portion of their building that served as a major entrance to the building they are created new working and travel space for their enterprize.
The new stairway in the smaller image above is in the area of a until recently main entrance.
So glad to see this company building up the industrial character of the community
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