Interesting house for sale

49 Church Street. From Zoocasa

We’ve all seen this house, uncomfortably close to the CP tracks with a fascinating Grand Trunk Railway, Weston Station mural on the side. The image by Michele Van Maurik, is now showing its age, having withstood the elements for over 20 years by the tracks at 49 Church Street. The house is advertised on various agents’ sites but the most complete set of images seems to be on Zoocasa.

Because of the lack of details on the house itself, I assume that the value is in the site. The 73 x 165-foot lot has its longer side along the tracks.

Looking north alongside the tracks. From Zoocasa.

It’s advertised at $499,000.

Update: Thanks to a reader who comments that the house next door at 51 Church Street is also for sale. It’s being offered at $599,000. This would combine to give a lot measuring 99 x 155 feet (approximately).

Video billboards – a lesson for voters

The wheels of city hall turn slowly and that’s not a bad thing. At yesterday’s meeting of Toronto City Council, the fate of the video billboard slated to replace an existing one at Weston and Lawrence came up for a vote. There were several others situated on rail lands being voted on but thanks to a vigorous response from the Weston community, Toronto’s Planning and Growth Management Committee recommended that our particular neighbourhood eyesore remain as it is. Several others were allowed. Council also managed to limit the hours of video billboard illumination from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm and increase the amount of non-commercial messaging from a measly 1.5% to 5%. The full text of the motion and amendments is here.

The lesson for voters is that if we don’t want our community to be degraded, we need to continue to speak out loudly and clearly. If a community is degraded, corporations don’t care (Pattison even wanted their billboards to be tax-exempt).

That’s why vigilance and a vigorous response to elected officials is our best defence against corporate greed.