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The Symes Rd train Wall

“When the wall was built originally it suppose to serve as a sound wall. Now that there is no track behind it something should be done to reduce its height. 100 Symes now has 15+ businesses including a brewery (Rainhart) + Sports gym (Monkey Vault). People are getting lost driving around trying to figure out how to get across. A simple rail will do to prevent traffic.”

As a sound barrier wall from the train noise, the wall had a a very short life. The land that was the rain tracks was then sold to St Helens Meat packers which uses it as a parking lot for their employees. The wall most probably belongs to the City of Toronto, or the development if the houses built on the sound side of the wall at are some type of condo development.

The best solution to increased traffic on the south side of the wall now that is looking for 100 Symes Rd. would be directional signage.

However the wall does present a rather special iconic reuse that retains the memory of the tracks that once fed the Canada Packers site.



Who is Adam The Woo – A Documentary – more Junction than you think



This post is about places. Adam the Woo is an urban adventurer who documents his visits disused and abandoned places on a YouTube channel. His efforts to communicate the importance of places in communities and visitations to various disused industrial buildings all have a real connection to the Greater Junction Area. Our area has some very hard-core urban explorers. Some simply visiting out of interest, while others seek the history and value to our community from their visits. We also have so many places and things that need to explored and documented.

Adams commitment to produce videos of so many places – even Toronto – is great and his methods are simply wonderful.

Below is a documentary by Kenny Johnson with Adam the Woo which provides a glimpse into a staggering body of work.

If above embed is not working on your devise here is the direct URL

Adams web site Http://



150 Symes Road proposed – Amendment No. 231 to the Official Plan Designations and Mapping for Employment Areas

150 Symes Road city plan chnage image All text proposed – Amendment No. 231 to the Official Plan of the City of Toronto with respect to the Economic Health Policies and the Policies, Designations and Mapping for Employment Areas  Page 69


Chapter 7, Site and Area Policies, is amended by adding Site and Area Specific Policy No. 425 for the lands known municipally in 2012 as 150 Symes Road, as follows:   In addition to all the uses provided for in the Core Employment Areas designation the following uses shall be permitted: a) Service commercial, and indoor recreational and entertainment uses are permitted through the enactment of a zoning by-law; b) Institutional uses, including post-secondary trade schools that are ancillary to and/or supportive of the site’s employment uses are also permitted through the enactment of a zoning by-law; c) The above noted uses are potentially sensitive uses. Prior to the enactment of any zoning by-law amendment a study will be submitted by the applicant that evaluates, to the satisfaction of the City in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment, how the potentially sensitive use would affect the ability of existing and planned industrial, warehouse, utility, transportation and city yard uses along Glen Scarlett Road to carry out normal business activities.   The study also evaluate whether the anticipated users will potentially be subject to adverse effects from on-site contamination or from odour, noise and other contaminants that are discharged from existing and planned industrial, warehouse, utility, transportation and city yard uses along Glen Scarlett Road.   d) The applicant shall submit studies demonstrating to the City’s satisfaction that there will be no, or minimal impacts related to the redevelopment of the site on the residential area located to the south. The study will assess, among other matters as identified during the application process, impacts associated with traffic, parking and noise and identify any mitigation measures to be undertaken by the applicant.”


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