Volunteers needed to tend planters at Perth and Sterling

Philip from the South Perth and Sterling Rd. Residents Association writes:

I am looking for volunteers to look after planters that will soon be put in at the Parking Lot end of Sterling - Castlepoint is willing to help beautify the neighbourhood with some large Planters & provide all of the plantings but we will need a team to make sure they get watered and remain as a nice visual site addition.

If residents are interested they can email me at the toward18@yahoo.ca and I will try to get a meeting together.

Notes from March 23 2012 Sterling/Tower/Castlepoint Meeting

I took the following notes at the March 23 2012 meeting hosted by Castlepoint Realty Partners, regarding their redevelopment plans for the former Tower Automotive property on Sterling Rd.

Sorry for the sloppy post and taking so long to type it up... Comments, corrections, and other discussions should be posted in the Discussion Forum.

Following some brief introductions and announcements, Fraser Tompson from Rio Tinto Alcan (the previous property owners) provided an update on soil and groundwater remediation efforts:

  • Groundwater "pump and treat" has been taking place since 2003.
  • Pump and treat to be replaced by with a "permeable reactive barrier". In short layman's terms, the permeable reactive barrier filters the groundwater as it flows off of the site.
  • Ongoing excavation of oil impacted material: TCA, a volatile organic compound. (Note: They did not specify exactly what TCA is, but I think it may be Trichloroethane)
  • Also need to clean up gasoline that is currently under the pump building on the south side of the property. Will do this after demolition (likely April 2012)
  • The remainder of this work will take place from May to August this year.
  • All work is overseen by the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Question about impacts of dust during demolition and cleanup, especially due to the nearby daycare and residences. Answer: A dust management plan was submitted with demo permit. Will be watering the site to keep it from getting dusty. Will do a better job than they have in the past.

Arsenal Galerie - New Beautiful Gallery in the hood.

There is a gorgeous gallery in an unlikely new location - Ernest Ave. across from Solways and behind Ontario Hardwood! I was in there yesterday and they have done a fantastic job. It's called Arsenal Galerie, based in Montreal, this is their new Toronto location. Open Fridays and Saturdays, hosted by very friendly people. This space rivals the Power Plant and MOCCA and is a stellar addition to the Junction Triangle. Oh yeah, the work on the walls is excellent too!

158 Sterling Road Final Cleanup by Rio-Tinto

Tower Automotive, Sterling Rd.: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2009-02-28.Tower Automotive, Sterling Rd.: Photo by Vic Gedris, 2009-02-28.

Philip from the South Perth and Sterling Rd. Residents Association writes:

Just so residents know there will be the final stages of soil removal happening over the next few months.

Please let folks know that work will be visible over the next couple of months and we will be having trucks on the streets with the same safety precautions. Also we have a dust control plan and air monitoring program for when the work is underway.

Thanks,

Philip

Perth Avenue Public School- Lunchroom Supervisors

Perth Avenue is looking for 3 additional lunchroom supervisors for the 2012/2013 schoolyear.

Are you interested in being a lunch room supervisor for Perth Avenue Public School? Click on the link http://www.tdsb.on.ca/ and go to "employment" on the menu to find out the process and how to apply.

Perth Academy for Early Learning- local daycare

Licensed School-based child care centre operating within Perth Avenue Public School located at 14 Ruskin Ave. (daycare entrance off of Franklin Avenue)

Subsidized spaces available through Children’s Services with qualified RECE's
Open all year including school holidays and summer break
Children Ages 2.5 – 12 years, for full-time, part-time and nursery program.

The Nursery Program from 9am- 11am (operates 10 months)
School-age care – morning/lunch/afterschool, full days on PA Days, March Break, Winter Break and Summer Holiday

2012 Spring Cleanup - Summary

Thanks to everyone who participated in the April 20-21 2012 Community Cleanup Days. Residents and visitors to the Junction Triangle appreciate your efforts!

West Toronto Railpath Cleanup

Everyone seemed to be excited to clean up the Railpath this year. In fact, three cleanups were organized. The Davenport Boys and Girls Club did an initial cleanup on Friday, followed by two simultaneously-organized events on Saturday morning by Friends of the West Toronto Railpath and Ben from the Brownstones on Wallace. Even the toddlers helped out as much as they could, and we all had a fun time together (despite the threat of rain!).

Cleaning up the RailpathCleaning up the Railpath

Jane's Walk: Daffodils in Davenport

May 5 2012 17:00
May 5 2012 19:00

Started in 2007, Jane's Walk is an annual event honouring the late urban thinker, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs. On May 5 and 6 2012, free walking tours will take place in cities all over Canada, the USA, and other countries around the world.

On Saturday May 5, starting at 5:00PM, the Daffodils in Davenport walking tour, guided by Andrea Dawber and Claude Bergeron, will start at Wadsworth Park, and finish at Campbell Park.

Jane's Walk: Why Cheap Parks Are More Fun

May 6 2012 15:00
May 6 2012 18:00

Campbell Park - Soup on the Campfire: Onion soup and toasted croutons on the campfire. Campbell Park Friday Night Skating Party. Photo by Vic Gedris, 2011-01-28Campbell Park - Soup on the Campfire: Onion soup and toasted croutons on the campfire. Campbell Park Friday Night Skating Party. Photo by Vic Gedris, 2011-01-28

Started in 2007, Jane's Walk is an annual event honouring the late urban thinker, activist, and writer Jane Jacobs. On May 5 and 6 2012, free walking tours will take place in cities all over Canada, the USA, and other countries around the world.

On Sunday May 6, starting at 3:00PM, the Why Cheap Parks Are More Fun walking tour, guided by Jutta Mason, will start at MacGregor Park, widing its way via Lansdowne, the Railpath, and other places to finish at Campbell Park for a campfire.

299 Campbell Ave. at Dupont - 18 Story Mixed Tower?

The property at 299 Campbell Ave., south-east corner of Dupont St., is proposed for redevelopment of an 18-story mixed-use commercial/residential tower.

From Ana Bailao's meeting announcement:

"The developer intends to propose the construction of a mixed-use commercial and residential building with a podium height of 6 storeys along Dupont Street and Campbell Avenue. The building would step up and back to 8 storeys and further up and back to 18 storeys in the eastern portion of the site. The proposed redevelopment would have a mix of single, one, two and three bedroom units, two levels of retail/commercial and office space along Dupont Street and Campbell Avenue, as well as Live/work units along Campbell Avenue and three levels of underground parking."

The developer is TAS DesignBuild.
The architect is Stephen Teeple.

Timeline:

  • May 2, 2012: @Urbanation posts on Twitter:
    "18-storey mixed use commercial & residential building coming to 299 Campbell Avenue at Dupont Street. Project will feature live/work units."
  • May 16, 2012, 6:30PM: Pre-Application Public Meeting. Notes are posted here.

Other Links:

Will post more details as they come out.

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