John Street lot expropriated

The city has expropriated the overgrown lot at 14 John Street near Peter the Barber’s shop. Interestingly, the lot was not expropriated because it was an eyesore; it was taken to make space for a “Cultural Hub”.

John Street will soon be permanently closed to traffic, and Metrolinx is building a pedestrian bridge over the tracks. The bridge, though, needs to take up some space in the parking lot on John.

That space, though, was supposed to be used for an expanded Farmers’ Market and as space for cultural activities. The lot beside was expropriated by the city to ensure that the hub would still be viable.

The city does not say how much they paid for the lot.

Plans for South Station revealed

The city had an open house last week to reveal their plans for the intersection of Lawrence and South Station Street. The plans call for:

  • A more walkable village
  • Streets that are more than car corridors
  • A greener village with more large-canopy trees
  • More cultural expression
  • Identifiable landmarks to mark Weston
What we were promised
What the future may hold¹

 

 

What we got
What we have got (so far)

The redesign came out of a design conference nearly three years ago. We were promised a lot: essentially a comprehensive rethinking of the village, with improvements to the streets, public safety, lighting, cleaning and policing.

These new plans are, frankly, a good first few steps—but not the end of the trip. More may yet materialize. Jennifer in Nunziata’s office says that “Streetscape improvements will be secured along Weston Road as developments are submitted for approval, and as City capital projects occur.”

Construction will happen this summer.

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I’m sure the cobblestones will totally make it into the final plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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¹ I captioned the photos incorrectly in the first version of this post. The captions implied that the redevelopment hasn’t lived up to the plans. I had meant to imply that the development has been slow. I’ve made that more clear now.