Developers are putting the final touches on their plans and again asking Community Council’s permission to build a high-rise condo building on the Cruickshank Ford site. The building, if approved, would be 18-storeys tall with 204 condominiums. The condos will be one- or two-bedroom units, averaging about 900 square feet in size.
City planners have given their nod to the plan, as long as the owners make a few guarantees—among them $150,000 for improvements to Swanek Park and $5000 for the WHCD.
The Cruickshank family has been working in Weston since the 1850s. They manufactured buggies and horse-drawn carriages, and began selling Fords in 1945.
According to planners, the existing buildings will be demolished to make room for the tower. Chris Fotevski, the General Manager of Cruickshanks, says “the longer term plan is to keep the retail here and keep servicing the community”. They have, he says, “no intention of moving”.
UPDATED: I spoke with Chris Fotevski, and he clarified that Cruickshank’s is no longer family owned. The business will not close, and will, instead, move into the bottom floors of the building.