Not a boring (Jane’s) walk in Mt Dennis

BlogTO has a thoughtful piece on the Mount Dennis Jane’s Walk from last weekend:

The next stop was Building 9, the old Kodak employees building that’s all that remains of the vast American film company’s Canadian plant. Sitting at the end of Photography Drive, it’s become an unofficial symbol of the neighbourhood – a last remnant of the company that made Mount Dennis and a sad example of the neglect with which it’s treated.

A Metrolinx representative gave a presentation on the transit complex that’s going to be built on the old Kodak lands – a combination of maintenance yards and garages for the new fleet of LRT trains and a transit hub joining Mount Dennis station with a new GO station. While struggling to keep the wind from blowing away his poster-sized renderings of the future development, he pointed out that Building 9 is to be retained as part of the complex, with its first floor serving as a concourse.

What no one could say was what would happen to the three floors on top of that, currently open to the elements as a result of years of “demolition by neglect” overseen by the site’s former owners, Metrus Properties. I asked councillor Nunziata what the city would like to see, but all she could say that there were discussions and meetings still on the schedule to determine the best way to repurpose Building 9 for “community uses.”

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

1 thought on “Not a boring (Jane’s) walk in Mt Dennis”

  1. Hi Adam

    I am not sure if you already know, but I would like to inform you about the Photographic Museum of Ontario and our efforts to try and purchase the building from Metrolinx (or work with them) to convert the old Kodak Building # 9 into the new home for the museum.

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Sincerely;

    Peter Gatt
    http://photographicmuseumofontario.org/

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