The Junction’s most famous vacant lot – created when the Subway Hotel building – then a rooming house after a surviving a large gas explosion and repair finally laid down it’s use – succumbing to the city’s crack down on illegal apartments in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
This lot at the corner of Vine Ave and Keele St. which now provides only accommodation for billboard sign. An empty lot such as this, devoid of everything but the hope of what could be creates a very weak link to the community, should there finally be a break in the community and legal status inertia (some would say political – as in the parks dept, as well) that has locked up this prime piece of Junction property for over 10 years.
The blog would like to suggest this approach – to convert this vacant land into a mini-park for recreational use, as a connector to the surrounding residential area. While this would not produce revenue for the city, arguably it would cost the city. – The blog asked an estate agent what the lot cost would be into present condition and was told anywhere between 285 and 400 thousand dollars. However it would make this blighted corner more attractive to stop and talk activities and community events, as well as attract new residents.
With the large condo development across the street being this lot in the public space would greatly benefit the community.
The Toronto parks department has purchased private land for mini-parks in the recent past so the idea to not out in space.