Meeting: Proposal to Open Restaurant on Edwin Ave.

Meeting details are from a flyer distributed by Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao's office. You can download a PDF copy of the flyer here.



The Chief Designer of the Metropolis Factory, Marco Pecota, is interested in opening up a family restaurant at the Metropolis Factory location, at 50 Edwin Avenue. I invite you to a community meeting to discuss the proposed plans. Please note that I, City of Toronto Licensing Staff, Marco Pecota, and an AGCO Representative will be present to answer any questions and/or concerns you may have regarding this proposal.

I look forward to hearing from you on this proposal on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: 50 Edwin Ave., Metropolis Factory

Note: If you cannot attend this meeting for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact my office with your questions and/or concerns.

Councillor Ana Bailão
Ward 18, Davenport
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West
2nd Floor, Suite C42
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Tel.: 416-392-7012
Fax: 416-392-7957

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I sent the same comment to

I sent the same comment to Metropolis' owner and he said they would definitely look into pursuing a railpath entrance and café one they get going, but step 1 is get the restaurant going.

New Access Planned

Railpath is always looking for new access points along the route. Friends of Railpath has met with many folks along the route to make this happen. We met with Castlepoint (and got great support) and the Planning Department re the new Wallace Development among others. There is an active movement to create new openings as property along the path develops.

Thanks for that info, most

Thanks for that info, most appreciated. It would be great if more path access did happen. Still, from what I can understand, there seems to be some resistance. For example, it seems like the commercial space at the Wallace Walk development will have entrances from the road only, not the path. Or at least it looks that way to me when I browse their website. Am I mistaken? Maybe this is due to zoning issues, and not the developer's preferred choice.

And while wishing away, it would great with, say, a grocery store where Solways was located, with direct access from the path. But I guess I'm getting off topic now.

Will Be New Access

There will be a new access way directly in the middle of the development.

Sadly Tom Falus owns the Solways property but I agree that the JT is a food desert in some ways. We desperately need an affordable place for fresh fruit and vegetables.

Excellent, many thanks for

Excellent, many thanks for that update! Let's hope no zoning regulations or such will stand in the way.

Support for restaurant

I live on Wallace Ave., not far from the Metropolis Factory, and I am very supportive of a restaurant there.

I am not sure what the regulations allow, but I have suggested in an e-mail to Councillor Bailao that the restaurant be required, or at least encouraged, to have an entrance from the West Toronto Railpath. That would make it easier for patrons to arrive by foot or bike, rather than by car.

I think it would also set an interesting precedent for potential rezoning of other areas around the path, which could make it easier to get to cafes, restaurants, bars and grocery stores by foot and bike, without bothering drivers. The Railpath is nice but I find it immensely frustrating that is doesn't get me anywhere I need to go. To get groceries or a coffee I have to risk my life just crossing Dundas.

Moreover, if residents on Edwin Ave. would have any concerns about noise and traffic around Metropolis, I imagine it might help if the restaurant were to be accessed only from the Railpath, and not from the street. I hope zoning regulations would allow that.

How did it go?

How did this meeting go? I back on to the property and emailed in my support assuming things are done properly.