Highlights from city the report.
City Council requests the Ministry of the Environment to investigate the
environmental and health concerns of the community, particularly the air borne contaminants and the effects of the noise and vibration on the nearby residential community.
Hard Rock and Santos Excavating and Neon Disposal Limited operate a commercial
business from the property at 101 Union Street.
As a result of neighbourhood concerns Municipal Licensing and Standards coordinated a
joint investigation of the operation of the business and the subject property to determine
compliance with municipal by-laws.
The joint investigation took place on February 3, 2010 and included staff from Toronto
Fire Services, Toronto Buildings, Transportation Services, Municipal Licensing and
Standards and the Ministry of the Environment and Parking Enforcement.
Toronto Fire Services identified issues and are dealing with blocked exits on the interior
of the building.
Toronto Buildings has advised that there are no matters of violation or concern under
Transportation Services identified violations under their jurisdiction related to the illegal storage of disposal bins within the right of way (boulevard area) and roadway, in addition to illegal parking on the boulevard area. These matters were resolved with the cooperation of Parking Enforcement staff on March 4, 2010 where 10 vehicles were tagged and towed, (4 vehicles from the roadway and 6 vehicles from the City Boulevard).
The Ministry of Environment had no issues identified regarding noise or vibration. There was no evidence of air borne contaminants at the time of the inspection. The only concern was with the accumulation of household waste within the illegally stored bins.
This matter was resolved upon the removal of the bins from public access.
Municipal Licensing and Standards has communicated the requirement to expedite
repairs due to the condition of the existing fence (deteriorated corrugated metal).
At the last follow up investigation conducted on March 20, 2010 the fence has been
substantially repaired. At this time there was also a Zoning charge pending with the
courts to be heard July 27, 2010 regarding the use of the premises and a pending charge regarding non-compliance with a Notice issued under the provisions of City of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 548, Littering and Dumping.