Jennifer Keesmat in Weston

Jennifer Keesmat, mayoral candidate and Toronto’s former city planner, visited Weston this weekend, and hung out with our NDP MPP Faisal Hassan. She also met Chiara Padovani, who hopes to become our city councillor.

Keesmat with Hassan and Padovani

Is this the start of an allegiance? I’m tempted to enquire, but it’s one of those questions I don’t really want an answer to.

Your correspondent has heretofore not been a Keesmat supporter, because he has a long memory and will not forgive her for shoehorning a 29-storey tower into 22 John St, and (incorrectly) papering the decision with the tall building guidelines.

But this is an enchanting possibility: a sharp left turn, a unified front, and a clean break. I’m not yet in favour, but I could be.

The Humber condos to launch in September.

10 Wilby Crescent – artists concept.

The long awaited condo apartment building at 10 Wilby being built by Options For Homes will be launched to the public next month, OFH announced yesterday. The Wilby Crescent condo, aka, The Humber, will have 22 storeys and thanks to a no-frills design and its unique financing scheme, purchasing will be a more affordable option for people looking to buy a home. OFH is also touting the advantages of the location which includes convenient access to schools, extensive parkland, proximity to the GO / UP Express and south west views of the Humber and Raymore Park. Prices start at $350,000

Read more about The Humber from OFH’s newsletter here and from their site here.

Council pauses gas bar at 1391 Weston

City Council has temporarily refused the building permit for 1391 Weston Road. The owners of the property are asking to build a gas bar on the site, and to knock down the odd, round building.

Staff said they needed to investigate and negotiate:

  • “The appropriateness of the proposed use in this location;
  • Traffic impacts of the proposed development;
  • The design of the proposed commercial kiosk…
  • The loss of trees and limited amount of landscaping proposed;
  • Whether there is adequate space to accommodate internal vehicle movements.”

 

 

Weston Hub and apartments taking shape.

The live-work artist apartments will occupy part of the lower level of the parking garage.

Weston’s much anticipated Hub seems to be approaching readiness.  Occupation is set for later this year and the artist residences are taking shape. In addition, the adjacent 30-storey apartment building is also approaching completion with glazing well under way.

Glazing almost complete and balconies ready for railings.

For more on the Weston Hub, use our search feature or begin here.

City opposes rental building at 2346 and 2352 Weston Road

City Council voted to oppose a proposed affordable-rental building at 2346-2352 Weston Road until the builders and staff negotiate some compromises.

The proposed building would be 15 storeys tall and have 157 units, primarily one-bedrooms or smaller. As proposed, it violates a number of regulations “with respect to built form, density, height, massing, site layout, shadow impact, proximity to the Humber River valley, access, parking and loading.”

Council voted to

  • Continue negotiating with the developer
  • Oppose the developer at any tribunals
  • Schedule a public meeting

    A typical floor layout proposed for 2346 Weston Road.

Olympic Variety landlord wants apartment building

The owner of the Olympic Variety building at King and Elm,¹ would like to convert the site into a small apartment building. He has applied to the city to add a third storey, t0 expand the second storey,  and to add underground parking for nine cars.²

Plans for Olympic Variety
King St frontage

The application would create an eight-unit apartment building, with four two-bedroom apartments on each of the two floors.

Plans for Olympic Variety
Elm St frontage

 

¹ Full disclosure: I live across from it.

² With a car elevator, which is super cool.

 

Somewhat iconic building to be replaced by gas bar

The unusual rounded building at Weston and Jane, home to Westwood Burger, will be turned into a four-pump gas bar if the city approves the permits.

Your correspondent understands that this is hardly the ravaging of Palmyra, but it is the replacement of a building with some charm by one with none at all.