Events this week

It’s a huge week in Weston.
This Sunday, December 2, of course, is the annual Santa Claus Parade. It will start at 2:00.
UrbanArts will have a slam poetry competition happening on December 3rd from 5:30 to 8 pm.
On December 5, the Weston Historical Society will have a Christmas Carol and hymn sing at 7:30 at St John’s Anglican Church.
On  December 6th UrbanArts will have their big annual winter talent show.

Demolition of two properties

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.

Excellent article on employment in Weston Mt Dennis

John Lorinc, one of the few downtown journalists who truly seems to care about Weston and Mount Dennis, had an excellent article in the Globe this weekend about the failure of Metrolinx to employ local workers.

On a foggy morning this week, Wendy Whiteley dropped by the office – a construction trailer – for some practical advice about her résumé. A retired educational assistant, she wasn’t sure whether the trailer – which is open only one morning a week – will help matters. “If [Metrolinx is] trying to expand, they need to come up with job opportunities for people in the area,” she said. “Myself, I haven’t heard of anyone who lives in the area who has gained from all this.”

CHMC document features Weston Road

Humberview Housing Co-op; 2100 Weston Road

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has released a comprehensive listing of affordable housing along the length of Weston Road. Many of the landmark high-rise buildings in Weston are included along with their history, focus and occupancy numbers. Among the interesting facts contained in the document are:

  • the privately owned buildings at 1765-75 Weston Road have received $1.8 million in ‘interest free forgivable loans’ (essentially a gift) in order to fix up the place.
  • a 10-storey apartment building is planned for Wilby Crescent (on the site of the old Vehicle Licence Office).
  • Metrolinx has contributed $1.1 million towards developing a creative/cultural hub on the site of the former GO Station parking lot.

You can read the full report here.

Weston used in CBS TV series

CBS is taping location shots for the TV series Beauty and the Beast here in Weston next week. Actors Kristin Kruek, Jay Ryan and Max Brown will be using local landmarks such as Weston Arena, Weston Park Baptist Church and Weston Pool.

Look for lane closures on Weston Road south of Lawrence between Monday and Wednesday.