Mount Dennis development meeting

The city has released the “Mount Dennis Framework Plan Preliminary Analysis Report” (that’s a mouthful) that outlines the village’s history, land use, development, environment, and infrastructure.

I confess, I haven’t read it (it’s 114 pages, and I’m in the thick of marking), but if you get the chance, and you’d like to weigh in, there will be a community meeting on March 18 at 6:30. You can register online.

The report will be used to “guide future change and development within Mount Dennis.”

Booze at the 7-11?

Here’s a first: the 7-Eleven convenience store at Weston and Jane has applied to sell wine and beer.

There’s a catch: you’d have to drink it on site. You won’t be allowed, even under the new COVID rules for restaurants and bars, to take it home with you. What will this look like? Nobody really knows, other than that there will be “designated consumption areas of the shops”.

From Google Maps

The application is being considered by the AGCO. It has not been approved, and you can comment on it.

Planning survey in Mount Dennis

The city wants your input on the greatest (and not greatest) parts of Mount Dennis. They have a really neat (and deep) website that asks you to drag pins to the parts of the community you’d like to comment on. You can also review other people’s thoughts.

There is also a survey of proposed community plans (including high- and mid-density housing), streetscapes, and festivals; and another survey of that allows for longer comments on your ideas for the future of Mount Dennis.

2020’s cheapest house is in Mount Dennis

The least-expensive house sold in Toronto in 2020 was for $420,000. It was on Ray Avenue, in Mount Dennis.

It’s the white one.

This article is worth a read. It’s an agent’s take on the place.

The house is pretty cute on the outside, but it’s not cute on the inside. In fact, it’s a bit scary.

But that $420k buys the cheapest teardown in Toronto now—that’s terrifying.

More Crosstown Delays

Influential Toronto transit blogger Steve Munro is reporting a significant development in construction of the Eglinton Crosstown Line. Metrolinx has consistently stated that the line will not open until all stations are ready. Now it seems that thanks to various factors, Eglinton Station (at Yonge) might not be ready until May 2022 and a direct connection to the subway will be delayed until fall of that year.

Why the change in plans? Steve points out that, “The expected June 2022 provincial election will bring considerable pressure to provide a ribbon cutting for Premier Ford at whatever cost is necessary.”.

Read his blog post here.

View an interesting take on the line from Reece Martin below:

Update: Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster has called talk of a partial opening as a ‘distraction’. Verster seems unhappy with builders of the line, Crosslink Transit Solutions.

Read more here.

Location Location Location

27 Brownville Avenue. From Google Maps.

According to legend, these are supposed to be the three most important factors when assessing a home’s value. There’s a home in Mount Dennis at 27 Brownville that is for sale for a hundred dollars shy of $600,000. The much complained about home has been vacant for years and is not safe to live in but the 30 x 92ft. lot is for sale. As an added incentive, the vendors will throw in a demolition permit obtained last year.

The value of the lot lies in the proximity to the new Mount Dennis Station on the Eglinton Crosstown Line or Line 5 as it will be known officially. The station that incorporates the old Kodak recreation building will be a short walk away when it opens in 2022. There is a railway theme to the home as it backs onto the UP Express, GO and CP tracks. That shouldn’t be an issue with good soundproofing. Whether or not the home is worth $600,000 will be decided by the market.

Check the listing here and read about the home’s troubled history here.

Pelmo is sick with COVID

The Pelmo Park–Humberlea neighbourhood, part of which is in the area most people would call Weston, has the highest rate of new community-spread COVID cases in the city.

Pelmo Park–Humberlea includes the Pelmo neighbourhood south of the 401, as well as an area to the north of the 401 and  west of the 400.Map of Pelmo Park

Pelmo Park–Humberlea has had 17 new “sporadic” cases in the past 21 days, out of a population of about 10,000. That gives it an infection rate of 159 per 100,000 people, by far the highest in the city—the average rate is 28. (“Sporadic” cases occur outside a healthcare facility).

On the one hand, this may be a statistical blip: 17 cases isn’t a huge number. On the other hand, it is the highest rate in the city in the statistic I think we should care most about: new cases of community spread.

COVID continues to be a problem in the northwest part of the city. In Weston proper, we have had 13 new cases in the past 21 days, and we rank a dismal 9th-worst for new infection rates.

By contrast, more than 10% of the city’s neighbourhoods have had no new cases at all.

Including outbreaks in healthcare facilities makes the picture even darker. Humber Heights (just across the river), Weston, and Mount Dennis have been three of the four worst-hit neighbourhoods in Toronto.

Frances Nunziata says she prompted Joe Cressy, the Chair of Toronto Public Health, to write a letter to the Ontario Minister of Health and the Chief Medical Officer. The letter explains Cressy’s hypotheses around why COVID has been so prevalent here: race, income, reduced access to health services, and household crowding.

He calls on the province to provide:

  • Increased testing, including mobile testing
  • Accommodation for people needing to isolate
  • Increased data collection
  • Improved protections for workers
  • Faster test results