City Council will vote on funding the cultural hub in Weston next week.
The development will have
An 18-storey tower with 350 rental units
An 800-square meter (8600 square foot) community/cultural hub
26 rental artist live/work units
An 1,150 square meter (12000 square foot) open-space area for the Weston Farmers’ Market
A 75-spot parking lot
The apartment building, townhouses, and live-work spaces will be built on the John Street parking lot and in the vacant spaces under 33-35 King.
City Council will be voting next week to “expedite the planning review process once the Rockport Group has made the necessary planning applications”, among other motions.
The proposal to Council says:
The proposed multi-million dollar investment in the Development will create some 940 new jobs, which, together with the local expansion of public transit byMetrolinx and GO Transit will contribute to an area-wide social and economic revitalization…. The cost to build the Community/Cultural Hub, Live/Work Units and Open Space Area is projected to be $13.3 million, including an operating reserve.
Peter Kalamaris, better known as Peter The Barber, was a longtime business owner and community member in Weston who died last year. The hockey-themed barber shop on John is his most prominent legacy.
Community members and politicians asked that the portion of John Street west of the tracks be renamed in his honour. City staff turned that down. They asked that the nearby lane be name “Pantelis Kalamaris Lane” instead; now city staff have recommended against that too.
‘Pantelis Kalamaris Lane’ does not comply with the Honouriflc and Street Naming Policy because it uses both the first and last names of the individual being recognized. The Policy states in part that ‘Only a person’s last name Should be used as a street name unless additional identification is necessary to prevent a duplication with an existing street name in Toronto and surrounding municipalities.’
Also, the Policy states in part that “Honouriñc names shall only be awarded posthumously to those individuals who have been deceased for at least two years, with
exceptions to be approved by City Council.” Mr. Kalamaris passed away in October 2011.
Due to these factors and non-compliance with the Policy, it is recommended that the name “Pantelis Kalamaris Lane” not be approved.