On September 17, 2012, the Etobicoke York Community Council received applications for two permits to demolish a 1.5 storey home at 1677 Weston Road, plus two vacant structures at 1681 Weston Road. The 1681 Weston Road property, north of Victoria Avenue East, is a two-storey commercial building, formerly operated as a butcher shop in the front with a metal workshop at the back. More recently, the shop was used for automotive repair and painting businesses.
The land recently sold for close to a million dollars.
On April 26, 2012, a community meeting was held to discuss the application submitted to the City to construct a row of seven townhouses fronting onto Weston Road and a four-unit townhouse on Victoria Avenue East, with laneway access off of Victoria. The plan propses the construction of tall, narrow, four-storey buildings.
Before certain demolition permits can be refused or granted, the owner is asked if he or she would like to enter into a beautification agreement. Apparently beautification agreements are only done when there is not a planning application, which essentially means the land would be vacant for a long period of time. Because there was a planning application in this case, the land will not be vacant.
City staff are currently considering the plan.