Ernest Ave.

Notes From 26 Ernest Ave. Meeting, July 22 2014

The following are some brief notes and photos of the display boards that were presented at the July 22 2014 planning meeting for 26 Ernest Ave. IMPORTANT: This development proposal is in very early stages and can possibly change in very drastic ways. Nothing here is final. This proposal will be updated with input from various City departments, City planning staff, the local councillor's office, and from feedback received from the public.

The Preliminary Staff Report will be presented to Toronto and East York Community Council on August 12 2014. It will be available online at:

The final staff report to City Council will likely be in Q1 2015.

The developer hopes to start sales later this year (via their sales centre at Davenport and Lansdowne), with construction beginning sometime in 2015.

Comments and feedback are welcome in the discussion forums, but should also be directed to:

Planning Meeting for 26 Ernest Ave (Former Solways)

You can download a copy of this flyer here (PDF).

Planning application for: 26 Ernest Ave.

The City is holding a Community Consultation meeting where you can learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments.

Details are as follows:

Date: July 22, 2014
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Place: St. Luigi Catholic School, 2 Ruskin Ave., Main floor gymnasium


Proposed are seventy-two, 3-storey townhouses with one parking space incorporated into each townhouse and eight visitor parking spaces. A Preliminary Report providing background information at will be available online at the City of Toronto's website for the August 12, 2014 Toronto & East York Community Council meeting. Below is the weblink to the Community Council meeting website.

26 Ernest Ave (Former Solways scrap / metal sales site): Townhouses

The former G. Solway and Sons scrap yard and metal sales has been sold to developer Tom Falus, who is proposing to build seventy-two three-story townhouses on the site. Most details are in the July 22 2014 Meeting Notes. Let's use this forum to discuss the development throug the initial proposal, planning, building, etc.

We will keep this forum updated as things progress.


Ernest Ave. sidewalk and boulevard construction

 Looking west from Perth Ave.Ernest Ave. sidewalk construction: Looking west from Perth Ave.

The Paton Rd. closing / Erwin Krickhahn Park expansion is not the only construction happening in our neighbourhood this week. Over the last couple of days, city contractors have been busy installing a new widened sidewalk and boulevard strip on the south side of Ernest Ave., connecting Perth Ave. to the West Toronto Railpath.

Although this may seem like a minor project, it has some serious benefits to our community:

  • There will finally be a continuous sidewalk along Ernest Ave.
  • Walking to the West Toronto Railpath will now be safer, as pedestrians will no longer have to mix it up with the trucks heading in and out of Solways Metals.
  • The sidewalk will connect directly to the new location for the Boys and Girls Club, making it much safer for the kids.
  • There will be a boulevard strip separating the sidewalk from the road, allowing for a tiny bit of much-needed greenspace here.

I look forward to seeing this completed!

Ernest Ave. sidewalk construction, 2009-11-20

Ernest Ave. sidewalk construction, 2009-11-20

Construction of Ernest Ave. sidewalk, looking east from the West Toronto Railpath.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2009-11-20.

Ernest Ave. sidewalk construction, 2009-11-20

Ernest Ave. sidewalk construction, 2009-11-20

Construction of Ernest Ave. sidewalk, looking west from Perth Ave.

Photo by Vic Gedris, 2009-11-20.

Boys and Girls Club finds a new home

Great news for our local neighbourhood kids, and their parents too: The Boys and Girls Club which was previously housed at the 21 Randolph Ave. location has found a new space on Ernest Ave.

There's an article in this week's Villager that has all of the details. It's great to see that all the effort put in to finding a new space has finally paid off!

Some quotes from The Villager article:

The club is proud to announce the new address for its Outreach Location will be 45 Ernest Ave. in the Perth Avenue and Bloor Street West area not far from its current, but temporary spot at 120 Perth Ave.

"It feels amazing. It's like a huge load off everyone's shoulders," said Executive Director Tony Puopolo. "It's been a huge process to find somewhere. It seemed hopeless."

The search for new digs took a year since the club faced eviction last spring from its 10-year-old home at 21 Randolph Ave. It had been in jeopardy since February of 2008 when its lease between the City of Toronto (the lease holder) and Don Valley Storage Inc., owned by George Leon of the Leon's Furniture family, was up. At the end of the 10-year period, Don Valley Storage opted not to renew the lease.

Thanks to a tip from a local resident, the club learned that the 7,000-square-foot warehouse space had become available.

The club's new home will include a computer lab, an arts and crafts space, a game room, offices and some general purpose rooms as well as a kitchen. The new facility will provide an additional 120 spaces for local youth to attend a safe and positive after-school program. In the evenings and on weekends, when the children aren't using the facility, it will be available for rent to community groups.

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