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Why Lansdowne is on the up and up

Saturday's National Post had an article by Leah Sandals, Why Lansdowne is on the up and up.

The article mainly focuses on the local art scene that is migrating to our neighbourhood, particularly from Queen St. West. Three major art projects are mentioned:

  1. Georgia Scherman Projects at 300 Campbell Ave.
  2. Public Art, by Dyan Marie and Richard Mongiat
  3. Toronto Free Gallery at 1277 Bloor St. W.

As the article says, "Grab a coffee at local fave Yasi's Place and come along."

You can view the article online at the National Post Website, or view a PDF of the article here.

Thanks to Joan for bringing this article to our attention!

SJTRA mentioned in The Villager

The South Junction Triangle Residents Association and our upcoming meeting were mentioned in this week's edition of The Villager.

You can read the complete article online here.

We hope to see you all at the meeting on Wednesday evening.

158 Sterling Rd.

I'm not sure how I missed this article in the Toronto Star, dated February 26 2008. It has some interesting insight into the history and potential of the old industrial "skyscraper" on Sterling Rd. The photo that accompanies the article is fascinating too.

Quote from the article:

Opened in 1919 by the Northern Aluminum Co. – later the Aluminum Co. of Canada and then Alcan – it may have been Canada's tallest building until the Royal York Hotel opened in 1929. A second contender is a 12-storey tower built at King and Yonge Sts. in 1913 and now part of the 1 King West high-rise.

The ceilings at 158 Sterling are at least 4.5 metres high and Romano, president of Castlepoint Realty, thinks that could put it head and shoulders above the competition.

I would love to take a tour of this building! I'm glad it's being preserved as the area gets redeveloped.

Creative industries coming to Bloor-Lansdowne area

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One of the biggest changes to our neighbourhood over the next few years may be happening on Sterling Ave. Details about this can be found in this article in the Villager from February 21st.

Castlepoint Realty Partners, who purchased the property at 158 Sterling Ave. last year, is in negotiations with Pinewood Studios, billed as Europe's largest film studio. Its owners include world renowned filmmakers Sir Ridley Scott (Gladiator) and his brother Tony Scott (Top Gun).

"Castlepoint is in discussions with Pinewood Studios," confirmed Consultant Paul Pellegrini, "but nothing's been concluded."

Should the studio not become Castlepoint's main tenant, it will still continue with redevelopment and will seek businesses in the creative industry as tenants such as graphic arts, architecture, IT and recording studios, Pelligrini said.

Read the article for more.

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