Weston will be getting a ‘cultural hub’, Frances Nunziata announced earlier this week.
33 King will be redeveloped to hold an 8500 square foot cultural space and 24 artists’ live-work spaces. Much of the parking lot will become a residential apartments—townhomes and an 18 storey tower.
The abandoned lot to the east was recently expropriated and will now be turned into a much smaller parking lot. The farmers’ market will shift a little east toward the tracks.
Artscape, who did a fantastic job of the Wychwood barns on St Clair, and who have made a number of other excellent artists’ spaces around the city, will be behind the project, and Rockport Group will be the developers.
The city had an open house last week to reveal their plans for the intersection of Lawrence and South Station Street. The plans call for:
A more walkable village
Streets that are more than car corridors
A greener village with more large-canopy trees
More cultural expression
Identifiable landmarks to mark Weston
What the future may hold¹
What we have got (so far)
The redesign came out of a design conference nearly three years ago. We were promised a lot: essentially a comprehensive rethinking of the village, with improvements to the streets, public safety, lighting, cleaning and policing.
These new plans are, frankly, a good first few steps—but not the end of the trip. More may yet materialize. Jennifer in Nunziata’s office says that “Streetscape improvements will be secured along Weston Road as developments are submitted for approval, and as City capital projects occur.”
Construction will happen this summer.
I’m sure the cobblestones will totally make it into the final plan
¹ I captioned the photos incorrectly in the first version of this post. The captions implied that the redevelopment hasn’t lived up to the plans. I had meant to imply that the development has been slow. I’ve made that more clear now.
On Saturday, Oct 12th, 2013 from 10.00 a.m. to noon Weston Farmers Market will be holding a Mini Harvest Fest: Featuring, halloween face painting; pumpkin, cookie and cup-cake decorating; halloween costume contest (human), halloween contest (doggie). If you would like registration forms for the costume contest, contact the BIA office at: 416-249-0691 or email: [email protected]
Quietly advertised in Lennard’s commercial real estate website is a 252 x 245 foot irregular property known as 16 John Street. It was the old GO Station’s parking lot and is currently home to the Weston Farmers Market.
The Toronto Parking Authority wants to sell the development rights to the site and asks that the purchaser build a 70-space parking lot for use by the TPA (and presumably the Farmers Market). The mls.ca listing says that:
Area Is Undergoing Significant Change With Other High Rise Condominiums Planned In The Immediate Area. The Site Will Also House A Cultural/Creative Hub And Provide For Surface Parking For The Toronto Parking Authority.
It might be nice to know what other condominiums are being planned for the ‘immediate area’. In addition, one can only hope that the bidding process is transparent.
Start saving your pennies; the due date for submissions is 12 noon on October 4th. A PDF of the listing is here.
August offers the best of both worlds – a mix of summery fruits and the first tastes of the Fall harvest to come. Peaches are awesome, pears and grapes start to show up and leeks add great flavour to homemade soups.
Look our for the following in Saturday’s Farmers’ Market and/or in your grocer’s produce aisle.
Apples (fresh, but not until mid to late month), Apricots (fresh), Artichokes, Asian Veggies
Beans, green & wax (fresh), Beets (fresh, with or without greens), Blueberries (fresh), Broccoli (fresh)