Broome building demolition to be reconsidered

Toronto City Council has referred the demolition application for the Ward Broome Building back to Etobicoke York Community Council, at Frances Nunziata’s request.

City staff had previously recommended that the demolition of the building be allowed to proceed, and the Etobicoke York Community Council gave its go-ahead on December 10. City Council usually rubber-stamps applications like this, once they have been given the imprimatur of the lower levels. This time, however, Nunziata asked to have the issue sent back to community council to be reconsidered.

According to Jennifer Cicchelli, Nunziata’s office was “contacted by several residents in Weston who expressed concern that the building in question has heritage value.” In the re-evaluation period, the Weston Historical Society will have a look at the building to see if it has any preservation value. They will report to Community Council with their findings.

The Ward Broome building is across from the lot that Metrolinx bought as a staging area, leading to speculation that it might also be used for that purpose. Frances Nunziata’s staff has no information, however, about what is planned for the site.

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

2 thoughts on “Broome building demolition to be reconsidered”

  1. i’m glad they are reconsidering. we really need to expand our view on what age constitutes heritage value or we risk making the same mistakes others have made in the past. for example, if this building was built in the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s, it doesn’t mean that it is not worthy of protection.

  2. Why are you glad? Do you like staring at a delapitated building. Out with the old in with the new. Maybe that is the problem with Weston, we hold onto old buildings not allowing for any new ideas. Why protect the building? Do you look at the building and marvel at it’s architecture? It looks like an old run down building. I wish a developer would buy that whole corner at Oak and Weston and spring some life into it. How about a new sport plex with a swimming pool, gymanasium, hockey rink or a park?

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