HRRH The City may own part of the land – a perspective

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The Church Street site of Humber River Regional Hospital is closing in October and as Adam has pointed out in several articles, the land will be up for grabs. Many residents of Weston breathed a sigh of relief when they learned that benefactors who donated land for a hospital in Weston had made a condition of their donation that the land must always be used as a hospital. The donation was made to the town of Weston, whose successor is the City of Toronto. It’s not the whole site as the hospital has grown since 1948 but 1.2 acres (out of 11.5) is enough of a chunk to make development more challenging.

The Humber River Regional Hospital Site. From Google.ca
The Humber River Regional Hospital site.
From Google.ca

Much speculation has occurred over what precisely should happen to the land. Recognizing that we live in a big city where real estate is expensive and development almost inevitable, what will happen to the site? Will there be open space? What kind of housing will be built? Will housing match that in the neighbourhood or will there be townhouse and high-rise development? Will the covenant be honoured and what form will that take?

The tired looking entrance to the Church Street site.
The entrance to the Church Street site.

Unfortunately, ownership of land by the City did not protect the Farmers Market site from being sold off to a developer. The same fate awaits this parcel of land unless an eagle eye is kept on the process. The public needs to be informed and have input into every step and decision made along the way. No doubt there will be talk of wonderful collaborations with a developer but these will come with a cost as we found out recently with the Farmers Market site.

HRRH sale hits a snag

Frances Nunziata posted some really interesting information to her email circular earlier this week. The Humber River Regional Hospital remains unable to sell the old building, which will be empty starting in October. The building is unsellable because of the termsof an old deed.

This first became a problem a year ago when residents brought up the Trimbee’s deed at a meeting with hospital administrators. The Trimbees said that the land must be used for a hospital and, according to Frances Nunziata’s circular, if it is no longer needed, it must be “first offered for sale to the City for a minimal cost.”

Nunziata says “I have had ongoing meetings with the Mayor and senior management to discuss any opportunities the City may have to use the site.”

The issue will first go to the courts. The HRRH wants the hospital to be sold free and clear. The city’s lawyers will be arguing that we are entitled to the land.

Shop Local – with a notable exception

Here at WestonWeb, we encourage residents to support local businesses and institutions. For example, we have a jewel of a library that is housed in a 100 year-old arts and crafts building. Squibbs, a stationers has been serving the community forever. Some of our eateries are new and some are old. Please support them.

Unfortunately, there is one establishment that cannot be recommended, and that’s a shame. It’s the Emergency department at our local hospital, Humber River Regional at Church Street. On average, for a serious issue, you will spend more than 5 hours longer than the cruel Ontario target of 8 hours between walking in the door to walking out or being admitted to a hospital bed. On the plus side, if your problem is not so serious, you’ll get in and out slightly under the 4 hour target.

Here is a graph with Humber’s wait times (top line) showing an alarming upward trend.

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If we can hold on until October, a new state-of-the-art replacement hospital will be opening.

Until then, stay safe.

Donation thwarts quick sale of HRRH Church site

It was standing-room only at a meeting last night about the future of the Humber River Hospital Church Street site, according to reports.

The HRRH is looking to sell the building as it consolidates its operations at its new campus near Keele and Wilson.

Hospital administrators have not yet sold the site, and do not yet know what will happen there, but members of the audience were clear that they did not want it to become a residential building. Instead, they suggested functions more in line with its current use, such as a nursing home, a college, doctors’ offices, or a daycare.

No decisions will be made any time soon though: part of the land on which the hospital sits was donated by a Weston family, the Trimbees, in the late 1940s. The Trimbees made it a condition that the site must remain a hospital, and that ownership would revert to “the Town of Weston” in the event that the land was no longer needed.

This is certain to throw a wrench into the sale of the site and may allow residents to have a greater say about what becomes of the hospital. There are conditions the city must meet when selling property, and, though I’m not a lawyer, they seem to force at least some more consultation.

The extra work, consultation, and the upcoming municipal election mean that little will happen until 2015.

 

 

Events this week

The future of the Church Street hospital will be discussed this Monday, June 2, 2014 at 7 pm in the hospital’s cafeteria at 200 Church Street.  Importantly, the future of the  existing site at 200 Church Street will be discussed.

The all-candidates debate will be held this Wednesday, at 7 pm, at the York Civic Centre, at 2700 Eglinton. Laura Albanese, who skipped the televised debate, has said she will attend.

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The official opening of the Farmers’ Market will be next Saturday, June 14, with live music, a free waffle breakfast, and a kids’ zone.

Market opening day, 2014

HRRH releases maniac, forgets to tell cops

The Humber River Regional Hospital at Church and Jane is not known for its acumen, but this may set a new record for mush-headed moronicity. The hospital forgot to tell the cops that they were releasing an honest-to-god maniac whom the police had just brought in for assaulting one of their own.

Courtney Carter spat infected blood at an officer, tried to grab the officer’s gun, threatened his neighbours with a knife, and was charged with assault, threatening death, assaulting a police officer, and disarming a police officer. He was brought to the Church Street campus of the HRRH sometime after midnight, according to The Star.

The hospital released him, presumably with a brown bag full of cookies and a hug, without notifying the cops—even though he was, obviously, under arrest.

Happily, Carter is not from the Weston area; he was arrested near Black Creek Drive and Weston Road. The police describe him, in their neutral tones, as “extremely dangerous”. He is 5′ 8″, 141 pounds, with many tattoos and a frizzy afro. He should not, obviously, be approached.

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