Metrolinx buys two properties north of tracks

Metrolinx has purchased the Hardwood Flooring Center and the grey and white house at 2417 Weston Road, just north of the railway bridge near the Superstore. According to Vanessa Thomas, Media Relations Team Lead, they bought the properties because the bridge was too low. Lowering the road would make it difficult to access the properties.

Both properties were purchased through “amicable negotiations”, and 2417 Weston Road is currently being used a staging area.

According to Thomas, when the construction is complete, the new bridge will be safer. It will be wider and will not have a centre pier. It will also have better sight lines and a bicycle path.

Thanks to the tipsters! Keep ’em coming!


Council wants to hear from you about Weston 2021

Frances Nunziata wants to hear from you about Weston’s future.

Etobicoke York Community Council will be meeting on February 14 to discuss the big changes to Weston discussed in the “Weston 2021 Revitalization Strategy”, which in turn sprang out of the consultations of the past year. Among them,

  • The new creative hub and Farmers’ Market at the John St parking lot
  • The redevelopment of John Street
  • The ‘renewal’ of the troubled buildings at 1765 Jane
  • New street furniture, widened sidewalks, and improved signage
There is a lot of information in the reports (I’ll try to put some of the highlights up over the next few days), and this meeting looks like it will be important.

Community Council will meet in the Council Chambers of the Etobicoke Civic Centre at 399 The West Mall. You should register in advance if you want to make a deputation. contact Rosemary MacKenzie at (416) 394-8101 or at [email protected]. If you can’t make it, you may submit written comments to [email protected].

Frances Nunziata says,

I look forward to hearing your feedback on the Weston 2021 Revitalization Strategy and encourage you to send your comments or attend the Community Council meeting on February 14th!

Toronto Public Health sweeps through Weston

Toronto Public Health seems to have gone for a stroll up Weston Road. Most of the food-serving businesses passed comfortably, but two establishments took yellow cards for being, well, barf-inducingly disgusting.

Seif Halal food market at 2371 Weston was carded for not ensuring food safety, not providing hot and cold running water, not having towels in the food area, not having a thermometer in the food area, allowing employees to wear filthy clothing while preparing food and for, finally, not producing the food safety report—which was, ironically, a green-card pass. (No longer!)

China China restaurant was practically Michelinian in comparison. They only had trouble… let’s see… using soap, cleaning the toilet, keeping hair out of the food, and keeping the food off the ground. No big deal, really.

Mt Dennis bank, daycare to be expropriated

In Mount Dennis, the Bank of Nova Scotia and a daycare will be expropriated to make room for the Eglinton LRT, according to Frances Nunziata.

The westernmost station will be at Weston and Eglinton, no longer Jane and Eglinton, and it will be in large measure underground. Previous plans had called for the expropriation and demolition of more buildings; now only two will be required.

Nunziata says, that things

are still very preliminary at this point, but the City will be requiring that the daycare be relocated within the community and in close proximity to where it is now, so that it doesn’t cause unnecessary strain or inconvenience for those that use the services. They will also be working with the Bank of Nova Scotia to find a suitable place within the community.

Central Bar and Grill gets a yellow card

The Central Bar and Grill on Weston Rd was given a warning by Toronto Public Health. They were faulted for not maintaining their dishwasher and for not washing non-food-contact surfaces carefully enough.

This is the second time that Central Bar and Grill has been carded. The last time was in June of 2010. Then they were not taking care of garbage.

Bad month for businesses in Weston

Over the past few weeks, three establishments in Weston have shut or moved on.

Artcube, the weird gallery at St Phillips and Weston Rd, has closed. Donnie Kim, the proprietor, says that he has changed focus to Asian antiques and art, and is looking to either sell the building or turn it into shared studio space.

Furniture Toronto, on Oak St near the Superstore, has also closed. Shockingly, the snooty proprietors had  a hard time selling high-end Italian furniture with bad service.

Finally, the Canada Post depot on Weston Road has moved to 66 Ray Avenue, at Weston and Jane, as part of a consolidation. Eugene, the nice PR person I spoke to, did not know what would become of the building. Earlier this year, Artscape floated the idea that it might become a community arts hub.

Man sought for sexual assault

Toronto Police are looking for a man for an attempted sexual assault. The suspect is black, around 30, about 5’7″, and chubby.

man wanted for sexual assault

He is alleged to have approached a woman in the elevator of a building in the Weston Road and Lawrence area. He sexually assaulted her, but she was able to break free and flee. The suspect was caught on camera while leaving the area.