Interesting Commercial Properties for Sale in Weston.

According to Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat, there may be a movement of commercial offices to the downtown core and that this is coming at the cost of the suburbs. One can only assume that the long commute times are responsible for this trend.

“Previously thriving suburban office parks are now experiencing double digit vacancy rates and declining rents, as employers flock downtown.”

Looking at commercial properties for sale in Weston, there is currently only one office property on offer:

2000 Jane Street: Asking Price $3,295,000
2000 Jane Street: Asking Price $3,295,000. This is a large property on about an acre of land by the Highway 400 ramps and the new hospital.

When it comes to retail stores however, there is no shortage of properties for sale, some of them very well known to Westonians.

2387 Weston Road: $599,000
2387 Weston Road: $599,000. This property A.K.A. ‘Artcube’ is near the Weston Plank Road building in a busy spot near Weston Road and St Phillips. It has served as an art store and taxidermists in recent incarnations.
1982-1986 Weston Road & 1 Little Avenue: $1,199,000. This comprises several properties and includes the former Chelli shoe store, the pizza restaurant next door and the barber shop on Little Avenue. There is a two bedroom apartment on the upper level.
1676 Jane Street: $2,499,000
1676 Jane Street: $2,499,000. This is a parcel of five properties fronting on Jane and Ellis Avenue. It has been approved for redevelopment.
1744 Jane Street: $759,800
1744 Jane Street: $759,800. This property comprises two retail units with an upstairs apartment.
1542 Jane Street: $249,900
1542 Jane Street: $249,900. This modern Subway outlet at Jane and Denison has 1100 square feet of floor space.
18 - 2007 Lawrence Avenue W: $249,900
18 – 2007 Lawrence Avenue W: $249,900 Near the Weston Station Tim Hortons, formerly the Brotherhood of Christ Healing Temple Ministry, this property has been reduced from $299,000.
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#2-213 Lawrence Avenue W:  $259,900 Also near the Weston Station Timmies.
1650 Weston Road: $689,000
1650 Weston Road: $689,000. Currently operating as a convenience store, there is a three-bedroom apartment upstairs.
1746 Weston Road: $1,899,000
1746 Weston Road: $1,899,000. This property currently hosting a seafood store at Weston and Wilby is across the street from the new GO station. Wilby was the site of an affordable condo project that failed to get off the ground a couple of years ago.
1705 Weston Road: $4,650,000
1705 Weston Road: $4,650,000. This grouping of three properties is next to the Weston GO station and are being sold ‘as is’.
2464 Weston Road: $989,000
2464 Weston Road: $989,000. This property comprises two units of differing sizes with a total of 3200 square feet of floor space.

All images from Realtor.ca

Today in Weston – Cruickshank Park tree planting

Workers from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority in conjunction with City of Toronto Parks were at work today at the Lawrence Avenue entrance to Cruickshank Park planting red oak trees. These native trees need lots of room and will provide welcome summer shade in years to come. According to Metrolinx spokesperson, Manuel Pedrosa, the trees donated by Metrolinx are marker trees to represent the ones recently planted in the Humber Arboretum.

There will be an official ceremony tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Avenue entrance to the park.

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Billboard Company Loses Appeal

The city got some good news on Monday when the Ontario Court of Appeal blocked media giant Pattison Outdoor Advertising’s attempts to have their billboards exempt from taxation. In addition, the court ruled that non-compliant billboards can be removed by the city and the costs charged to the owners. The appeal judges also ruled that billboard companies must allow the city to view details of their business so that levels of taxation can be set at appropriate levels. Torontoist.com has an article with all the details here.

Hopefully this tax will enable a greater resistance to the proliferation of these signs and will make them financially less viable – notably the video billboard designated for CN land over Lawrence Avenue.

Monster LED billboard coming to Weston

A Planning Department photo rendering of the proposed sign.

The 18.6 square metre billboard on CN property along Lawrence Avenue east of Weston Road may soon be replaced by a (nearly twice as large) LED display billboard.

According to Dave Meslin’s blog.

The new signs are much much more intrusive, brighter, and larger than anything we’ve ever seen in these neighbourhoods.

The city Planning Committee is recommending the approval of ten of these much bigger and brighter signs along the CN Rail utility corridor to replace some existing billboards while removing others (for now). This is being done at the urging of Blair Murdoch of outdoor advertising firm Allvision. Apparently since neighbourhoods along the CN line already put up with noise and diesel pollution, the additional light pollution will hardly be noticeable.

No doubt Allvision and the Planning Committee were hoping that the signs would be quietly approved. As a result of a deputation from concerned citizens, a consultation meeting regarding the LED billboards will be held at City Hall (2nd Floor, Committee Room 1) on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.

UrbanArts owns Weston this weekend

UrbanArts is having a busy week. On Thursday, from 2–5 pm, they will be unveiling their newest mural; it’s at the corner of Weston and Lawrence. On Friday, they will be starting CultureShock, a two-day festival of art, dance and music.

The mural is part of an annual project that puts young people from the community to work to abate graffiti in Weston and Mt Dennis. They paint an average of two murals a year, and have done so since 1999. This year, they celebrate Weston as the “Home of the Bicycle”. A second piece will soon be installed in Mount Dennis.

On Friday and Saturday, UrbanArts will host the annual CultureShock Festival at Weston Collegiate.

Wes “Maestro” Williams (formerly Maestro Fresh Wes) will be headlining. Cabbie Richards, from TSN, and Canadian hip-hop pioneer Michie Mee will be MCing.

The festival starts Friday at 6, and resumes on Saturday at 1 pm.

Everyone is welcome at both events.

Councillor Nunziata Clarifies Her Comments

Few Weston Web articles generate the kind of response we received in the recent article ‘Nunziata Responds to Muggings’. As a result, Weston Web asked Councillor Nunziata some of the questions raised by readers.

In an exclusive interview, she clarified her comments about Chaminade College students and says her original words were the result of a ‘miscommunication’. She also acknowledged that the muggings at Weston and Lawrence were very unlikely to have originated from students at that school.

We discussed other matters such as why she will oppose future license applications for bars in Weston. Councillor Nunziata says she has no problem with applications being approved as long as there are conditions attached to ensure good behaviour; e.g. adherence to licensed hours and noise suppression. After a year these conditions would be lifted. She claims that there are too many licensed establishments along Weston Road and Jane Street already, and that some legitimately licensed establishments operate after hours too . She’s ‘had many complaints from residents.’ I asked if any licence applications ever come from deserving businesses and was told that as long as they agree to the conditions and have not caused problems in the past, they will not be refused a licence.

We returned to the topic of crime and the TAVIS initiative. I mentioned my pet peeve which is that while the TAVIS program has great potential and is a great asset to the community, officers tend to hang around in groups of three or more (let’s not call them gangs) and could cover more ground and have more contact with the community in smaller groups. Ms Nunziata replied that the grouping format was agreed to in the TAVIS meetings, as was the location of the surveillance cameras (which, perhaps, could have produced better results along Lawrence Avenue, since much of the crime seems to occur there).

Thanks to our readers for such a vigorous response.