Nunziata calls for Metrolinx to bury the Eglinton Crosstown extension

Frances Nunziata asked City Council this week to “request Metrolinx undertake an assessment of running the elevated segment of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension underground and to identify any options that may exist to accommodate this change.”

Her motion says

The elevated segment of the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension will result in significant impacts to the local environment including parklands and trees along Eglinton Avenue West. The loss of parklands, including the treasured Eglinton Flats and forests, outlined by Metrolinx at recent community consultation sessions, is a significant concern to residents and visitors from across the City.

Metrolinx is planning to build an elevated track through the Eglinton Flats parkland to extend the LRT out to Renforth. Only the section in the Eglinton Flats will be elevated. Metrolinx has said in the past that burying the line through the valley would be difficult and expensive.

Nunziata’s motion passed.

Metrolinx to make plans clear on guided walk May 9

The Mount Dennis Community Association and Metrolinx will be meeting for a walk through Eglinton Flats, to discuss Metrolinx’s controversial proposal to build an elevated train through the parks.

The meeting will be Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. and will start where Pearen Park reaches Eglinton Avenue:

Here, I believe.

The MDCA says they believe the LRT will run “entirely WITHIN Fergie Brown Park from the point we wil meet until it is almost at Jane Street.”(Emphasis theirs.) They are also concerned Metrolinx’s images make the tracks seem lower than they will be.

Putting the train through the park would be disruptive to people, but it would also destroy woodlands, the MDCA says. “We expect that most of the woodland area west of Jane… will be clear-cut to accommodate the LRT, likely with serious damage to the wetlands that separate the woods from the playing fields”.


 

Walking podcasts

Weston and Mount Dennis have a lot going for them—great people, beautiful geography, and the highest number of walking-tour-podcasts per capita anywhere outside of Paris, I figure.

I haven’t had the chance to try these out (I keep trying to recruit my daughter, and she continues to demur)—but enough waiting. You go. Tell me what you find.

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WestonTrax was created by Natasha Adiyana Morris.

Follow Destiny and friends as they head home after school, discovering more knowledge about their historical neighbourhood and recent changes that are hard to miss. We start off at Weston Collegiate Institute, pass by rows of quiet residential streets, cross above train tracks towards Weston Road, and circle around to Lawrence Ave W. as our final stop.

To follow WestonTrax, download the app on Android or iOS


ArtworxTO has four tours of Weston and Mount Dennis.

The first, along the Humber River, starts at the intersection of Lawrence and Hickory Tree Rd. Star Nahwegahbo narrates a meditative audio tour.

Image from ArtworxTO.ca

In the second, the Essencia Art Collective tells us the history and context of their massive Water Mural where the 400 off-ramp meets Jane.

From ArtworxTO.ca

Krystal Ball narrates guides the third walking tour, of the murals of Weston, starting at 1901 Weston Road.

From ArtworxTO.ca

And finally, mural artist Nick Sweetman is the guide to murals of Mount Dennis. He leads listeners through an interpretation of the paintings near Weston and Eglinton.

From ArtworxTO.ca

Mount Dennis college campus gets a bit closer

The City of Toronto and George Brown College announced this week that they “will work collaboratively to explore a new campus project in the Mount Dennis area”.

A staff report said that there were three possible locations: the York Civic Centre, the corner of Eglinton and Photography Drive, and the area of the parking lot at 1169 Weston Road and the Mount Dennis Community Hall.

The president of George Brown said in the press release, “we see a community that is brimming with potential, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Toronto to explore the amazing possibility and feasibility of a satellite campus in the area.”

Upcoming events

The Mount Dennis Community Association will be hosting a Jane’s Walk this Saturday, May 7 at 2 pm. They

are hoping to explore the next stage of the LRT this year with a walk from the Mount Dennis station west towards Jane Street.  The elevated guideway was nobody’s first choice, and the current plan in our opinion destroys too much of our parks.  The walk starts at 2pm

Upcoming events

Metrolinx will be hosting an open house to discuss their plans for the “elevated stations” at Scarlett and Jane this Wednesday, April 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..

I confess, I didn’t know the Jane Station will be elevated, but Metrolinx says:

An elevated station structure would be wider than the guideway to accommodate the needed passenger space and would also have a larger at-grade footprint to function as station entrances.

Metrolinx will also share the results of their survey about the elevated section of track that will cut through the parks at Eglinton Flats.


The city will be hosting a community meeting for the “Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study” on Thursday, April 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m..

The study will shape the development of Mount Dennis for years to come. It is

a comprehensive vision for the future based on the input of current residents, businesses, local services and non-profit organizations and Indigenous partners. It seeks to protect what the community values about their neighborhood in Mount Dennis today, establish the parameters for new growth to fit into this context and capitalize on new investment to benefit the current and future population

11 storey building at 971 Weston proposed

The city has received an application to demolish the building at 971 Weston Road as part of a plan to build two 11-storey buildings on the lot that runs from 955–975 Weston Road, at the edge of Mount Dennis. The building is presently vacant.

The buildings would contain 617 rental units.

From the application

City staff have identified a number of issues to be resolved, including

  • Whether the plan aligns with the new Mount Dennis Planning Framework
  • “The proposed height, built form, massing, transition and scale of the towers and base building in relation to the existing and planned built form context of the area”
  • Whether the rents will be affordable
  • “The mix and size of dwelling units;”
  • Indoor and outdoor amenity space;
  • The quality of the building materials

Etobicoke York Community Council will consider the demolition application and a community consultation on April 19.

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