Cowan's chocolate factory on Sterling was built in 1904-1905. The company was sold to Rowntree in the 1980's and it was later taken over by Nestle's. The business is still there, just under different management.
Irv Ungerman who ran Royce Dupont Chickens closed his poultry company a number of years ago, but he still runs his business affairs from a neighbourhood office and is a significant land owner in the area.
Ontario Hardwood Lumber has been around since the 1950's I believe. While the wood lot and mill were moved out of the neighbourhood ages ago, the office remains in operation on Perth Avenue.
Great to have Colt Paper still in the area even if the title of "Oldest Business" is an uncertain claim.
The Villager has published a story today about the start of noise wall construction in the Junction Triangle along the West Toronto Railpath. http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5145823-metrolinx-noise-wall-con...
Good reminder of the craft show this Saturday in The Villager: http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/5032094-support-arts-programming...
Hey! We have a new twitter handle, so follow us for some fun and the countdown to the craft show, happening on Saturday November 22, 2014!
i see, i wonder what is going to be built in that lot. it's a big lot.
That was considered, but because of the ongoing legal issues over three contamination, the police chose to make their new station at Davenport and Osler a few years ago.
they should really put up a police station in that TTC lot south of wallace on lansdowne...that is going to make the area a lot better
Well put. Lets be careful dont to demonize everybody because of a few. That corner has improved over the years just as the whole area has. One thing that changes an area is eyes on the street and with the development and stores and new library there will be a lot more people around. As expressed in the idea of a "donut city" the marginalized are being pushed out of downtown to the burbs but even middle income people are finding it harder to afford housing downtown. It will be interesting to see how long that coffee Time landowner wants to hold out....I think a developer will look to buy it and the 2 towers.
There is a Freshco a block away and Drug store.
Dupont and Lansdowne is Ward 18 - Bailão.
Palacio's ward 17 is north of the tracks.
Again, get people to contact the local councillor: email@example.com is in that particular Ward but so should firstname.lastname@example.org have a vested interest in what's going on. You guys are just lucky you didn't move in 10 years ago...we all allowed this type of stuff to happen because no one bothers. And we have absentee landlords running the place with no accountability.
I doubt very highly that these same people you speak of will be able to afford the rent of a condo! So be rest assured, you're getting a different type of building. If you read some of the other posts, things will change and hopefully organically but don't paint all those same activities with all the residents that live in those buildings. I've seen plenty of young families walking out of those buildings and school buses waiting to pick up kids. $750 for rent is affordable and some people's only alternative regardless of what goes on at the Coffee Time. Again, don't post it hear, tell it to your councillor if everyone is so concerned. This blog is simply a forum, not an avenue to impart change. It's a good start to talk about it, but now it's all becoming words.
what about the Coffe Time across the street, and all the "activities" that have been going on there for years? hopefully the Fuse condos will be made up of young professionals, and not the same type of people who have been occupying those two apartment buildings behind Coffee Time. Better yet, that Coffee Time shall be replaced...
i am moving in in this area soon (wallace and lansdowne), and i am extremely concerned about the activities in this corner (especially the safety and the overall well being of the kids in the proximity). Do you think whether it's possible for the neighbours to collectively apply some sort of pressure to the city so they do something about it? is there anything we can do...im just concerned for the kids...
I'm not certain background checks are the only thing that is needed. The one landlord made the building on Lansdowne go into such disrepair but was still granted millions of dollars a few years back to do some cosmetic work to the exterior of the building and clean up some of the units within. If you choose to own a building don't be an absentee landlord. He and whomever owns/runs the one on St.Clarens should be brought to task. Due to the fact that many of their tenants are on assistance they know they are getting their cheque by month's end and they have to do nothing for it. That's why they are in the state they are in. I believe the owner of the Lansdowne building doesn't even live in the city, he's from Montreal! So that attracts all types of different activities let alone the deplorable conditions for people living inside the units! Again, unless the city gets on it, what are the cops going to do? The problem runs deeper than simply busting some heads with a baton and making a few arrests. Frankly, the criminality is how the residents and community is being treated by some slum landlord.
yes most definitely the landlords should be accountable for this as they should be performing more in depth credit/background checks of their potential tenants. It just ticks me off a little bit that even the cops could not do much here.....on the side note, i would apprciate a tim hortons over starbucks for this particular corner due to tim horton's affordability relative to starbucks...
The sad reality about that corner is that many of its residents are just trying to get by. I know that the "activity" is not as bad as it once was but it's still present. The buildings offer housing at a pretty cheap rate and for those who need to be in the city and close to transit it's the reason we have a vast number of residents that draw from different walks of life. There are also those who live there with mental illness. So perhaps the people just hanging out at the Coffee Time are also those who appear to be up to no good when in fact they suffer from mental illness and are maybe off medication and don't "look" right. Write and call your local councillors like I have. It's great that you bring this up, but that does nothing to help the situation. Let's make the owners of the buildings accountable. I know there is an outreach program in one of the buildings for these types of residents. But once funding gets cut off, they are on their own with very little life skills to cope. Also, they eliminated the tables they had outside the Coffee Time and some phone booths to dissuade certain activities. I sympathize with what you're saying but there is also a hint of NIMBYISM behind it. Let's look to the source of the issues there, and not how quick we can get rid of people. The sad reality is that not only will those activities eventually became lessened with the development, the fear should be that some people on low incomes will be slowly removed too if rents increase. And I've heard that Starbucks is involved with acquiring the Coffee Time location. So it may make us latte loving folk happy, but some of the residents won't be able to afford a simple coffee. Let's make the landlords, councillors and businesses accountable and equitable for all.
It would be an issue if it got into the drinking water. This is pulled from a website about its affects:
Some people who drink water containing trichloroethylene well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years could experience problems with their liver and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.
This health effects language is not intended to catalog all possible health effects for trichloroethylene. Rather, it is intended to inform consumers of some of the possible health effects associated with trichloroethylene in drinking water when the rule was finalized.
Not sure what the affects of it being air born. But it's been years since that facility was there. I'd worry if I was a worker in any of these facilities.
Well, there is evidence of phase one being built. Right now, they have the foundation of the tower going, so there is validity to it. I would assume they have to have the towers up(or at least the foundation) before Metro and Shoppers can go in. But again, there is evidence as well that construction is happening inside the old building as well. They cut out a large opening to the building(facing Dupont) and on a few occasions when it wasn't boarded up and there were lifts inside with workers. So long as the foundation for both towers is done before major snowfall, all it becomes is building upwards. And we've all witnessed in the city how fast that can happen. I would guess you'll see phase one and the Metro and Shoppers by spring of 2015. And as far as the possibility of Metro pulling out of the deal, it'd be ill advised if they did. They are now sitting in an area that is grossly under served with regards to the grocery market. With Davenport Village up the street, 4 towers being built in direct proximity to them, along with the Chelsea lofts and Standard lofts, not to mention the existing homes in the JT, they'd risk if they did pull out. And I'm certain with how things are changing in the JT, you'd have someone licking their chops to take their place.
I called the Fuse salescenter today and asked when phase one was going to be ready and whether Shoppers and Metro were going to be built. She told me that phase one would be built in 2015, and Shoppers and Metro were also part of phase one. Can you lie about stuff like this?
we're right on top of the bloor line but can only really hear it go past while in our basement. we don't hear or feel it anywhere else in the house.
Yes. It would be nice if there was a vote of some sort from the local residents. That way we can decide what we want for our area. Albeit a park, a shopping mall...or whatever
I haven't really heard anything in the last couple of years. AFAIK, the City/TTC are still having their lawyers talk to the GE lawyers. I too would be interested to know if anything has changed.
Has anyone heard any update on the future development of this lot? It is quite scary walking by this lot at night. It will be great if some sort of development gets underway.
Thanks for the responses. We've lived here two weeks now and already we seem to be getting used to it!