Nunziata: Rosemont Social Club operators cleared.

email from Councillor Nunziata

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On Thursday, Councillor Nunziata issued a letter to constituents that reads a bit like an obituary. It concerns the social club that readers may remember was the subject of intense scrutiny along with a community meeting last September. Residents had expressed concern at the increased levels of parking (near the businesses at the Lawrence end of Rosemount Avenue) along with groups of older Somali men standing outside and (horror of horrors) socializing. At the meeting, the councillor made a commitment to put pressure on the club by attempting to link their activities to the restaurant operating a couple of doors up the street. In addition, parking control was instructed to step up surveillance to catch and tag vehicles parked illegally.

In her letter, Ms. Nunziata mourns the fact that in spite of her best efforts, the city has not only failed to find evidence of ‘operating a social club against the zoning bylaws’ but the club has actually been issued an ‘eating establishment licence’. Residents are asked to be vigilant and contact the councillor if any ‘problematic activities’ are observed.

WestonWeb would never accuse the councillor or her constituents of opposing the establishment of a business because of the skin colour of club members. This after all is 2014 and that could never happen here in Weston surely? It might be a good idea, now that strong-arm tactics have failed, to work with the owners of the establishments involved and find accommodation rather than confrontation. Perhaps it’s time to call a truce.
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In Touch seniors’ home operating illegally

The Toronto Star says that the In Touch retirement home is operating illegally, and the owner, Elaine Lindo, faces a $25,000 fine and a year in jail.

In Touch, now called “Rosemount Place and The Brick House” is at the corner of Rosemount and King, and was first in the news in 2010 for failing to care for its clients. Dale Brazao, a Star reporter, went undercover and found “profound neglect”: residents left in diapers for hours, feces-stained towels, puddles of urine. There were also previous allegations of assault.

Following the story, the Ontario government regulated nursing homes. Lindo is now facing charges that she is operating without a license.

As the reporter was leaving, Lindo handed her a pamphlet touting the “exceptional service” offered at Rosemount Place, including three delicious and nutritious hot meals per day, healthy snacks and full housekeeping services.

 

Mount Dennis a major issue in campaigns

Weston–Mount Dennis is becoming a turning point in the mayoral campaign.

Olivia Chow has been  hammering John Tory’s SmartTrack plan for the bungled Mount Dennis section. She’s been saying his plan was drawn on the back of a napkin and has egregious errors—which, indeed, it seems to.

Yesterday, Chow poked fun at Tory’s plan for Mount Dennis in a mayoral debate on the arts.

Roy’s been over the plan already once before, here’s the gist of the problems:

  • The land along Eglinton that Tory needs has already been sold and has houses on it
  • Tory says he has a plan to pay for the train, but it’s not much of a plan at all.
  • The train ends near the airport but not at the airport
  • And there’s already a train going that way. It’s going to cost $25 each way, though.

Mike Mattos from the MDCA told the Sun:

“We finally got the LRT to a stage where the community is pretty happy as far as station placement goes. It has been a lot of work over 10 years and his plan comes along and throws a monkey wrench into the transit hub and the LRT station,” he said. “This is a poorly-thought out plan.”

 

 

Developer: How about 62 Stacked Townhomes?

Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the latest development proposals for the old Beer Store property at 2059 – 2069 Weston Road was deja vu all over again. The developer, Jack Morelli from First Avenue Properties and Councillor Nunziata met with residents last October and the proposal at that time was for 38 townhomes on the site.  

First the good news:

One of the developer’s other properties, the old Post Office building at 2050 Weston has found a major tenant. A medical centre (relocating from Mount Dennis) will occupy the entire 20,000 square feet of the ground floor next Spring. The upstairs will contain 15 new apartments.

Now the bad news:

After being sent back to the drawing board by various city agencies, Mr. Morelli has returned with a revamped proposal that now consists of 3 buildings occupying a smaller footprint but containing 62 condominium stacked town homes (a 63% increase) measuring between 500 – 1300 square feet. Each of the buildings will contain 24 underground parking spaces; one per townhome and 10 extras for visitors to the 62 homes. The townhomes will form a frontage along Weston Road. Once again, the city (represented by Natasha Lang) will study the plans to see if they comply with city requirements.

The developer stated that, ‘This is the new concept of town homes and it’s what people want’. He also justified building town homes instead of retail since it took such an effort to find a tenant for his retail space across the street, and besides, ‘There’s too much retail space in Weston anyway’, and, ‘Retail is out of the question’ (on the site).

Apparently the MCR (not R2) zoning on the site allows an 8 storey building on the property. This was repeatedly hammered home by both the developer and Councillor Nunziata. MCR zoning permits a retail ground floor that could form the exterior of the project along Weston Road in keeping with the rest of the historical ‘Main Street’.

All of this seems to be posturing. Mr. Morelli, like any developer, wishes to generate the largest amount of money from the site. He is not doing Weston any favours. To point out that he could put up an 8-storey building is an empty threat. If Mr. Morelli could make more money by erecting such a building, you can be sure he would do so.

The people of Weston will be left with this development for many decades. Townhomes will be a classic case of bad planning along Weston Road in the middle of a retail stretch. While there is a demand for housing, any city planner will tell you that developments need to fit in with their surroundings. As currently proposed, these townhomes will look like missing keys on a piano or the gap in a hockey player’s smile.

The Weston Road Frontage.

The proposed Weston Road Frontage.

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3-D view showing the street entrance of the development.

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Plan view of the development.

Mr. Morelli agreed to the formation of an advisory committee that would work to consider the wishes of area residents. This will be done in conjunction with the Weston Village Resident’s Association.

Fire destroys townhouses

A three-alarm fire destroyed at least three townhouses on Lippincott Street this afternoon. One person had minor injuries.

Dave Bennett sent in pictures and some video. The Star says the cause is not yet known.

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Lipincott St is in the south end of Weston, near Denison. Thanks to Dave for the photos and the tip.

Weston soldier honoured

Chief Warrant Officer Stuart Gordon Hartnell, from Weston, received the Meritorious Service Medal yesterday from Governor General David Johnston. The medal goes to people whose “specific achievements have brought honour to the Canadian Armed Forces and to Canada.”

CWO Hartnell has served for 28 years in the military, including in the Airborne and special operations.

As battle group sergeant-major in Afghanistan from April to November 2010, Chief Warrant Officer Hartnell was a key player in high-intensity counter-insurgency operations. Tenacious in combat and a firm disciplinarian, he was respected throughout the unit as a model for others to emulate. Whether providing advice to the commander or leading soldiers in combat, Chief Warrant Officer Hartnell demonstrated impressive leadership and soldiering ability, which proved to be critical to the battle group’s operational success.

 

 

Missing man

Toronto Police are looking for a man who went missing in the Lawrence and Jane area:

Wayne Leslie Carrick, 61, was last seen on Sunday at 10 pm. He is 5’9″, 168 lbs, with white hair.

Call 222-TIPS if you’ve seen him. Police are worried about his well being.