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.