Report to St. Clair West Village Residents
Frances would like to have a “Town Hall” meeting with the residents of St. Clair Village, with various representatives from City of Toronto such as the Parks Dept., Streets Dept. etc.
RE: OUR PARKS
We need to let the Parks Dept. personnel know that we want action concerning maintenance, picking up trash from the trash bin, installing a bin for recycling etc.
Frances mentioned that if we organized a committee of concerned residents who would act as park stewards ; perhaps 2 committees, one for each park, we could apply for a grant for plants and other help for a community garden in each park.
Frances in the meantime is looking into whether the Parks Dept. has officially taken over the land to the east of Maple Clair Park to Gunn’s Road and if so, what is planned for this space as it is not included in the original park plan.
RE: CLOSURE OF SYMES ROAD: Frances is going to look in the current status. RE: NEW YORK PORK:Frances will keep a eye on the situation to see if there is any attempt to start up again. Nothing can be done until the investigators determine what caused the fire as this will have an important bearing on the insurance claim.
RE: THE STATE OF ST. CLAIR AVE (between Gunns Rd and Runnymede): The repaving was supposed to take place last summer but there is some discussion of extending the St. Clair streetcar along St. Clair to Jane St.or Scarlett Rd.
As this will have a noise impact to the residents living on St. Clair we should see if they are for or against a streetcar line.Frances would like to see a bus service from the Gunns Rd.loop to Scarlett Road which would go under the new railway bridge at Scarlett Road to Dundas St
RE: BUNGE (the large vegetable oil processor on the north side of St. Clair at Weston Rd.: This plant is supposed to be closing in November of 2007. It is zoned commercial and currently there are agents looking for suitable tenants such as stores etc. While Big Box stores would be a great idea for the north part of the property, the land from the railway tracks to St. Clair would be better used for residential housing such as our development or the Tiffany Park development. The big box stores would provide a buffer between the industry on Glen Scarlett Road and the residential housing.
Benjamin Moore Factory Development: Although the City Council members have voted against changing the zoning from Commercial to Residential, the developers and still pushing ahead to get permission. Brian made a presentation to the Etobicoke York Community Council on Sept. 13/06 in which I tried to convince Council members to O.K. the development.
Seniors Supportive Housing at 2335-2337 St. Clair Ave West: I have sent a letter of support for this project as well. They are now trying to get funding for the project.
OTHER: Frances also indicated that there are other developments near to us which should help continue the revitalization of our area. They are still in the planning stages and when the plans are more formalized we will be informed and our input will be appreciated.