WHCD needs your help

This is an open letter to the residents of Weston Village. The Weston Heritage Conservation District (WHCD) would like to request your assistance with a research project they are conducting.

What began as a series of field trips where residents embarked on WHCD-sponsored field trips to the Toronto Public Archives to research the history of their homes, has since blossomed into an impressive research project with the intention of having the Town of Weston designated as a Heritage Conservation District. To do this, blocks of Weston properties have been divided into three research phases. Phase One is now complete and the WHCD is now concentrating their efforts on Phase 2 of the project.

Toronto Preservation Services, the organization that oversees the establishment of Conservation Districts, requires interested districts to document everything possible about each house, including its architecture and landscaping, and who has lived in it since it was built. As you can imagine, it’s an immense job that is very time-consuming for the WHCD researchers. This is why they need your help.

The survey form that residents are being asked to complete is very detailed, so it may take residents some time to complete. Residents do not have to be absolutely sure about the validity of your information, as it will be verified afterwards, if necessary. This is why it is important for you to include the source of your information. Stories, copies of surveys, photographs, past deeds, plans, etc. would also be greatly appreciated.

Residents can find the survey form on the WHCD website. The form is entitled “Built Form and Landscape Survey Form” and is currently only available in hard copy. Note however, that the WHCD is in the process of creating a secure, online database where residents will be able to create and maintain an editable information sheet for their homes. This database should be operational in April 2013.

Residents who are interested in getting started now with a hard copy can print out the survey, which is available in three formats: Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader and HTML. Once completed, residents can either drop it off at 153 King Street in Weston, or call the number below and the WHCD will pick it up. Please note that any information submitted will be held in strictest confidence. To view the WHCD Privacy Policy, please visit the website. There, residents can also obtain a detailed “Guide to Completing the Survey” by clicking the “Forms Help” link on the left sidebar, under the heading “Research”.

By filling out and returning the survey, residents will be making a significant contribution to their community. The WHCD thanks residents in advance for their help.

For more information, please contact:

Cherri Hurst
Research and Volunteer Coordinator
Weston Heritage Conservation District

(I’ll send you her phone number and email if you ask me–Adam)

Demolition of two properties

On September 17, 2012, the Etobicoke York Community Council received applications for two permits to demolish a 1.5 storey home at 1677 Weston Road, plus two vacant structures at 1681 Weston Road. The 1681 Weston Road property, north of Victoria Avenue East, is a two-storey commercial building, formerly operated as a butcher shop in the front with a metal workshop at the back. More recently, the shop was used for automotive repair and painting businesses.

The land recently sold for close to a million dollars.

On April 26, 2012, a community meeting was held to discuss the application submitted to the City to construct a row of seven townhouses fronting onto Weston Road and a four-unit townhouse on Victoria Avenue East, with laneway access off of Victoria. The plan propses the construction of tall, narrow, four-storey buildings.

Before certain demolition permits can be refused or granted, the owner is asked if he or she would like to enter into a beautification agreement. Apparently beautification agreements are only done when there is not a planning application, which essentially means the land would be vacant for a long period of time. Because there was a planning application in this case, the land will not be vacant.

City staff are currently considering the plan.