The Humber building gets under way.

Today, on a beautiful warm September morning, a crowd gathered to witness the first stage in the building of The Humber, an Options For Homes condominium – a symbolic demolition of the existing buildings on the site. The location at 10 Wilby Crescent is on a spectacular site above the Humber and across from Weston GO Station. OFH, a non-profit corporation has constructed many such buildings in the GTA.

Options For Homes CEO Heather Tremain talks about the approval process for 10 Wilby.

A fair number in the crowd were future residents; I spoke to two excited purchasers; Cheyenne who will be moving from another part of Weston and Freddie, moving from North York. Both have bought 2 bedroom units in the building and are happy that they can purchase at a reasonable cost in such a natural location while being close to transit links.

Options for Homes CEO, Heather Tremain thanked Councillor Frances Nunziata for smoothing out obstacles to get the project under way and also for helping create a new parkette between The Humber and the existing Hickory Tree condos. It takes a lot of attention to detail to get a building project off the ground and this one was no exception.

Afterwards, a token demolition of existing buildings on the site took place.

Councillor Frances Nunziata reacts as Weston Village Residents’ Association Chair Dave Bennett takes an over-enthusiastic swing.

Heather Tremain tells me that the project is already 40% sold and upcoming sales events are heavily subscribed so it’s likely that most units will be sold by November. Money made from the sale of homes goes towards building new projects and subsidizing future homeowners.

One minor quibble; the city of Toronto wants to encourage affordable housing yet charged this project (run by a non-profit corporation) $850,000 in development fees. That seems wrong.

York South–Weston will be part of ‘cultural hotspot’ next year

The former City of York, which includes Weston and Mount Dennis, will be a ‘cultural hotspot‘ from May through October of next year.

The city’s hotspot program brings “cultural activities, art interventions, development opportunities and legacy projects to the Hotspot neighbourhoods”, and it includes online marketing, events, and exploration guides.

It sounds great!

City of York map
The former City of York

Today in Weston: September 8, 2018

A stream of people could be seen arriving today at the official opening of Chiara Padovani’s campaign headquarters at 1289 Weston Road. Ms Padovani is running for a seat on Toronto Council in the new Ward 5 which comprises old Wards 11 and 12.

Lots of political talk today at Chiara Padovani’s newly opened campaign headquarters.

Ms Padovani is running against two incumbents, Frank Di Giorgio and Frances Nunziata as well as a handful of not so well-known hopefuls. For the full list, check out Adam’s unscientific reader poll.

Community Safety Meeting

Your South–Weston community groups are hosting a community safety meeting next week for residents concerned about crime in the area.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, September 12, between 7 and 9 pm a the Mount Dennis Legion (1050 Weston Road).

Upcoming events

The Weston Historical Society has a cracking weekend planned for September 22nd and 23rd.

The Weston Road Runners (of which my wife is a part) are hosting a 5k fun run starting at the ungodly hour of 8 am.

You can bring your antiques or archaeological finds to the library (details to be confirmed), between 9 and 12 to have them identified and appraised in our own Antiques Roadshow. Three will also be seminars in the afternoon on two of the best parts of Weston: trees and stone walls.

On Sunday, a historic walk has been organized through St Philip’s cemetery, with tea to follow.

It sounds sure to be a good time, and popular, so the organizers are asking interested participants to register in advance for the activities they are interested in; your correspondent will see you after the race.

Registration is free.

Upcoming events

UrbanArts Shockweek continues until August 11. The duo Faarrow look really great–they’ll be performing on Saturday.

Here’s something you don’t see every day in Weston: modern dance. Shotgun Juliet will be performing “The Forest for the Trees” in Memorial Park (on Little Ave) on August 16 at sundown.