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Best report design this blog has ever for a Junction Development.

Bousfields Inc. PLANNING & URBAN DESIGN RATIONALE for  produced in Feb. 2016 to rationalize for city approval the development companies conversion of 248 & 260 HIGH PARK AVENUE is a triumph of design and information presentation. The quality of the report in providing urban design and heritage information, as presented data and throughly thought thru “worded data” makes the report much more important to the community than a mere report as part of a development proposal.

Just take a look at this graphic from the report, depicting our areas LAND USE DESIGNATIONS. Beautiful with clear information.

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You may not need to regularly, read development texts submitted by developers, as this blog author does, be sure if you want a good balanced view of issues and needs of planning in the Junction and High Park this is a great report to read. It is also a visual coup of report design for those of you interested in the graphic communication of data.

Yep, the blog has no commercial or any other conflicts of interest that would could this opinionated post.

The cover of the report. Salivating.

 

click image for full size image of the reports cover.
The full report click here, Bousfields High Park

 

Bousfields Inc.
3 Church Street, Suite 200
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1M2

248-260 High Park Avenue, City of Toronto –Traffic Impact, Parking, and Loading Study

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Well, here is the consultants conclusion,

Conclusion

 

 

Based on our review of the trips generated by the proposed site, traffic volumes for a development of this size are expected to be minimal,


such that a detailed traffic impact study and associated capacity analysis is deemed to be unnecessary as per City of Toronto Traffic Impact Study guidelines. As a result of the low site related traffic volumes, operations of site related traffic interacting with the surrounding street network is expected to be acceptable.

The proposed residential automobile parking supply exceeds the minimum residential parking requirements as outlined in the City of Toronto Zoning By-law 569-2013 (All Other Areas).

The part on the conclusion that may annoy the neigbours.

On-street parking is also noted to be permitted along High Park Avenue and Quebec Street, which can support any additional visitor parking demands.

When considering the site’s proximity to transit and existing cycling infrastructure, it is suggested that the parking provisions are adequate.

Residential long and short term bicycle parking supply meets By-law rates. In regards to By-law loading requirements, the proposed Type ‘G’ loading space is acceptable for a building with 77 units.

Runnymede Healthcare Centre hidden orig. facade still rests in place

625 Runnymede Road, Formerly 274 St. Johns Road

 

A pic from the time of the demolition,

 

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PICTURESQUE IMAGES FROM DEC 1ST 2016

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A picture of the centre from their website

 

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click logo to visit their site.

 

The images below are saved parts of the hospitals older building prior to the construction of the new one

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Over this event has occurred Tonight CPR train in the Junction Nov 28th 8:15

The Canadian Holiday Train in the Junction in 2008

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Over this event has occurred

The CPR Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction on

750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard

2016-11-28 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

about the train…

Councillor Bill spearheaded getting trains in the year 2008 year moving it here from its downtown stopping place, which took him a number of years.

At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.

This is the 18th year that the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising food, money and awareness for food banks in communities across Canada and the U.S.

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CPR train in the Junction Nov 28th 8:15

The Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction on

750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard

2016-11-28 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

about the train…

Councillor Bill spearheaded getting trains in the year 2008 year moving it here from its downtown stopping place, which took him a number of years.

At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.

This is the 18th year that the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising food, money and awareness for food banks in communities across Canada and the U.S.

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CPR train in the Junction Nov 28th 8:15

The Canadian Holiday Train will be in the Junction on

750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard

2016-11-28 8:15 PM 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

about the train…

Councillor Bill spearheaded getting trains in the year 2008 year moving it here from its downtown stopping place, which took him a number of years.

At each event, the Holiday Train provides a box car stage, a line up of great musical talent and a corporate contribution to the local food bank. The community, in turn, is encouraged to donate food and funds, all of which stays in the community.

This is the 18th year that the Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train has been raising food, money and awareness for food banks in communities across Canada and the U.S.

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info on the Lambton Yard below

 

Lambton Yard is a freight marshalling yard for the Canadian Pacific Railway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is located to the west of and contiguous with the West Toronto Yard on the Galt Subdivision. The two were the main freight marshalling yard complex for the CPR in Toronto until replaced by the modern CPR Toronto Yard in Agincourt in April 1964.

Built from 1912 to 1913, Lambton served as mechanical and freight facilities. It also had a roundhouse facility from 1913 to 1960. This infrastructure was replaced by an intermodal freight facility which transferred freight between truck and train, the site of which is now a Walmart store.

It is located to the north of Dundas Street West and south of St. Clair Avenue West, between Runnymede Road and Scarlett Road

 

CPR West Toronto Yard

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The West Toronto Yard

West Toronto Yard is a small marshalling yard for Canadian Pacific Railway on the Galt Subdivision in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The yard was built in 1882 to relieve stress at the Parkdale Yard and is located near Keele Street and Dundas Street West in The Junction. It was once the main yards for Toronto, but was replaced in that role in April 1964 by the CPR Toronto Yard in Agincourt. The roundhouse was demolished in 1998.

A Rona retail store stands on the site of the former roundhouse and shops. Additional buildings were located along Keele Street such as the car shops, but were demolished for the Keele Centre at 500-530 Keele Street around the 1970s. The turntable from the roundhouse and transfer table from the erecting shops were saved from destruction and relocated to a garden at the back of the Rona property.

Engines from West Toronto formerly served local industry. West Toronto Yard is primary used for storage and classification of CPR’s industrial customers in the Guelph – Islington corridor. CPR’s premier piggyback service, the Expressway originally was sited at West Toronto, but was relocated to Hornby when volume grew too large.

When West Toronto became overcrowded in 1913, an additional yard was built immediately to the west. Called CPR Lambton Yard, it stretches from Runnymede Road to Scarlett Road. Runnymede Road divides the yards. Plans to build a hump class yard on the expanded site were cancelled around 1950. The search for a new site for a new main and modern hump classification yard eventually resulted in the selection of the Agincourt location.

City Building: Subdivided. Tonight at the library 7pm, JunctionRa newsletter out, two bits that…

City Building: Subdivided.

In conversation with Jay Pitter and John Lorinc: Mon Oct 17, Annette Public Library, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm.

“Can hyper-diversity as a framework reduce inequality and social divisions in Toronto and other global cities? Subdivided co-editors Jay Pitter and John Lorinc in conversation about

new approaches to city-building in an urban region with more foreign-born residents than any other major city in the world.”

And
Councillor Doucette will be holding Constituency Hours at Annette Library on Friday, Oct 14 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. By appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.
Full news letter below

Junction Residents Association

October Newsletter

The JRA’s Annual General Meeting is on Thurs., Nov. 10, 7-9 pm at West Toronto Baptist Church, 3049 Dundas St. W.
Note: If you cannot attend this meeting in person, we stream video of the meeting in real-time. To watch it live on your computer, go to www.junctionra.ca/jra-tv. There may be a 15-second commercial (not ours) before you can watch. We’ll also post the agenda there, so you can follow along. There is a facility for asking questions remotely.
News

Councillor Doucette will be holding Constituency Hours at Annette Library on Friday, Oct 14 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. By appointment only. Please call 416-392-4072 to make arrangements.
Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park, wants to hear from you. The Ontario Legislature resumed sitting in September. What issues are important to you? What do you want her to speak up about in the Legislature? What concerns, ideas or questions do you have with regards to the provincial government and Parkdale-High Park? Send your comments to dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca.
Volunteers needed. The Junction BIA is on the hunt for some top notch volunteers to help with this year’s Pumpkinfest on Sat Oct 29th 2016. For more details please email thejunctionbia@gmail.com.
Registration is open for High Park Nature Centre’s fall clubs for children. There’s still space in Knee-High Naturalists on Tuesday and Nature Baby on Fridays.
Upcoming Events in the Junction Area

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Video of Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Meeting: 2016-04-27

Published on Apr 28, 2016

A mostly complete video of Metrolinx’s meeting regarding the Davenport Diamond Grade Separation on April 27 2016, at St. Sebastien Catholic School 

by Vic Gedris.

Parkdale Residents Association concerned about The Ex grounds, so glad they are making an effort on this deep problem.

A few mths ago I started a blog about the destruction of public use of the Exhibition Grounds. I never got around to finishing it, yes my bad, but I did get pictures.
And now the Parkdale Residents Association have put out some real good info on the situation,

 

 


All text below from

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is very concerned about what is happening at the South end of Parkdale.
Exhibition Place (EP) is a City-owned regional amenity of extremely high public value, comprised of 192-acres in the core of one of North America’s largest cities.

As Toronto’s population continues to grow and the City becomes increasingly developed, Exhibition Place has the unparalleled potential to offer the residents of Parkdale, Liberty Village and all Toronto access to much-needed open green space.
But this potential is under threat.

Recent events indicate that, under the problematic direction of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, the City is in grave danger of losing much of this valuable open green space amenity for future generations.
The case of MUZIK is a particularly egregious case-in point. Unbelievably, the Board has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would extend the lease period of MUZIK beyond the current 21-year limit to allow the lease to extend to 2034 (!).

The proposed means of extending the lease period is to *change the designation of the lands in the Westerly portion of Exhibition Place from ‘park/open space’ to ‘rejuvenation area’*—in other words, *to remove public open space in order that private businesses may benefit from public assets indefinitely into the future*.

Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Today public use meeting an extremely important save the EX for the community meeting

 

see this post for complete details 


Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Parkdale Residents Association concerned about The Ex grounds, so glad they are making an effort on this deep problem.

A few mths ago I started a blog about the destruction of public use of the Exhibition Grounds. I never got around to finishing it, yes my bad, but I did get pictures.
And now the Parkdale Residents Association have put out some real good info on the situation,

 

 


All text below from

The Parkdale Residents Association (PRA) is very concerned about what is happening at the South end of Parkdale.
Exhibition Place (EP) is a City-owned regional amenity of extremely high public value, comprised of 192-acres in the core of one of North America’s largest cities.

As Toronto’s population continues to grow and the City becomes increasingly developed, Exhibition Place has the unparalleled potential to offer the residents of Parkdale, Liberty Village and all Toronto access to much-needed open green space.
But this potential is under threat.

Recent events indicate that, under the problematic direction of the Exhibition Place Board of Governors, the City is in grave danger of losing much of this valuable open green space amenity for future generations.
The case of MUZIK is a particularly egregious case-in point. Unbelievably, the Board has proposed an Official Plan Amendment (OPA) that would extend the lease period of MUZIK beyond the current 21-year limit to allow the lease to extend to 2034 (!).

The proposed means of extending the lease period is to *change the designation of the lands in the Westerly portion of Exhibition Place from ‘park/open space’ to ‘rejuvenation area’*—in other words, *to remove public open space in order that private businesses may benefit from public assets indefinitely into the future*.

Attend the once annual Exhibition Place Community Liaison Committee Meeting to have your interests and opinions heard.


Date: Monday, June 27th

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm

Place: FountainBlu – Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place, 

190 Princes’ Blvd

 

Today

High Park devoid of new artwork while one of it’s historical legacy works is now resident in Corktown Commons.

Shoes by Mark di Suvero is now sat in river side of the park, where once it was created and sat in High Park.  High Park needs another really positional art program. This is often spoken about by many artists and groups. However the feeding though of the section 37 device were developers contribute to public art in a ratio to the size of their development, severely limits what many artists can do, or act with. (1)
Mark di Suvero  is one the greatest abstract expressionist sculptors. His work in High Park, which is not different from his other works of the same period, came to define public art in Toronto Parks. 

When Shoes and Flower Power were removed from High Park the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area reported it on their site with this opening paragraph.

Two sculptures by internationally-renowned artist Mark di Suvero have been permanently removed from High Park. The sculptures,”Flower Power” (above) and “No Shoes,” were created in the 1960s and are considered important works in the abstract expressionist style. According to Clara Hargittay, with Toronto’s Culture Division, “Flower Power” is likely the most valuable work of public art in Toronto’s collection. Full article here

(1) Full disclosure, the author of this blog has received funding and renuneration from Goverment and development art funding projects. 

   
 

International Women’s Day Celebration : Film Screening & Talk @ the Jane Dundas Library.

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International Women’s Day Celebration : Film Screening & Talk @ the Jane Dundas Library.
Saturday March 12, 2016 @ 2pm
In Celebration of International Women’s Day, the Jane/Dundas Library is presenting a screening of the 2015 documentary film, He Named Me Malala, with an introduction by Sahar Zaidi who is the Project Coordinator for the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW) and the Vice President of the Toronto Chapter of the CCMW.
He named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. (Synopsis source: henamedmemalalamovie.com)

 

ABOUT THE FILM

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
– Malala

For more information call 416-394-1014 or visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca
The Jane/Dundas Branch is located at 620 Jane Street on the SouthWest corner of the Jane and Dundas intersection.

This day in the Junction January 14th 1913

Horse department was where Staples Store is now.