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Chris Moise has just published his "Strategic plan" for Ward 13. It includes "Inglenook School Fence!!

https://strategicplan.chrismoise.ca/ It is noted as "At Risk" so some of us may want to email him to encourage him to get it un-risked!
Update from Moise:

Inglenook School Fence​


Our office is working with TDSB to improve the fencing along the Inglenook School Fence (also known as Sackville School). The replacement of the existing fence will beautify and improve the safety of students and community members.
The office will be meeting with TDSB representatives and community members to look into the enhancement of the streetscape and practicality of the land while preserving the mature trees in the fence line.
 
Update from Moise:

Inglenook School Fence​


Our office is working with TDSB to improve the fencing along the Inglenook School Fence (also known as Sackville School). The replacement of the existing fence will beautify and improve the safety of students and community members.
The office will be meeting with TDSB representatives and community members to look into the enhancement of the streetscape and practicality of the land while preserving the mature trees in the fence line.

That is great news. One of my favourite trees in Corktown is on the east side of Sackville at Eastern, a huge oak or something similar. There is also a giant lilac bush and several very large evergreens on the school site (leaning against the chain link fence) that are rare downtown. I'm glad they're thinking of these things.
 
Pix to show the difference between clean and uncleaned brick. I hope that the renovation includes a little scrubbing! Taken 12 March.

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MM16.12 - Authorization to Release Section 37 Funds for Ward 13 2023 Participatory Budgeting Projects for the Canary District, Corktown and Distillery District Neighbourhoods - by Councillor Chris Moise, seconded by Councillor Shelley Carroll​



Recommendations​

Councillor Chris Moise, seconded by Councillor Shelley Carroll, recommends that:

1. City Council amend Transportation Services 2024-2033 Capital Budget and Plan to create a new capital sub-project for the development of the following projects, as outlined in Appendix A:

a. $80,000.00, fully funded by Section 37 (Planning Act Reserve Fund) community benefits obtained from the development at 18-32 Eastern Avenue, 1 Gilead Place and 2 Sackville Street (Source Account: XR3026-3701230) for the purpose of installing 10 Corktown-themed tree guards within the Corktown neighbourhood; and

b. $150,000.00, fully funded by Section 37 (Planning Act Reserve Fund) community benefits obtained from the development at 1-25 Defries Avenue (Source Account: XR3026-3701146) for the purpose of enhancing disused parking laybys on Bayview Avenue by installing permanent planters.

2. City Council direct that the use of Section 37 community benefits be prominently recognized in documents and promotional materials, including on any construction hoarding, in consultation with the Ward Councillor.

Summary​

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a system of direct democracy where residents imagine how their neighbourhood could be improved, suggest potential ideas and then vote on how funds are spent to improve their community through capital projects. 2023 was the first year Participatory Budgeting was implemented in Toronto Centre to determine how community benefits funding should be allocated.

Between May 25 to November 1, 2023, my office hosted online and in-person engagements with local residents and business improvement areas to crowdsource ideas. These ideas were then vetted for costing and feasibility with City staff and presented to the local community to vote on which projects they would like to see funded.

In the Canary District, Corktown and Distillery District neighbourhoods, four projects were supported by the local community that fit within the allocated budget of $750,000:

  • 10 new iron tree guards;
  • new planters along the Bayview Avenue cycle tracks;
  • new interactive lighting above Underpass Park; and
  • King-Queen Triangle Parkette improvements.

The release of funds for these projects will allow for locally supported capital projects to move forward in a timely manner. As Waterfront Toronto has a current project to improve the King-Queen Triangle Parkette, a review of additional improvements and release of additional funding may follow that project. New interactive lighting above Underpass Park is still under review by City staff.
 
Two little things. The first are the improvements to the King and River intersection. Public art next?! Secondly may not be new to others but I just noticed that the long empty Kinsbrae storefront on King is now a fancy restaurant!

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Cosentino, an Italian design store, is working with Dubbeldam to put a store along Front Street East. Not sure where but the concentration of highend furniture and decor shops in the east end is continuing. And with the opening last weekend of Must and Home Societe on Parliament. which is a bit of a warehouse, I see no sign of slowing down. Now we just need a Jysk.
 
Blind2Go just opened at King and Parliament on the northwest corner. Guess the home decor cluster isn’t slowing down! 😂
 
Blind2Go just opened at King and Parliament on the northwest corner. Guess the home decor cluster isn’t slowing down! 😂
I don't mind this one, though, because it's actually a business targeted at people with normal incomes, not some crazy exclusive place opened "by appointment only" selling desk lamps for $10K. Based on what I see walking around the area there are a lot of new condo owners who could use some new window coverings.
 
Blind2Go just opened at King and Parliament on the northwest corner. Guess the home decor cluster isn’t slowing down! 😂
For a second I thought Blind2Go was a strange hybrid of dining in the dark but in take out form, which...makes no sense 🤣

I probably shouldn't have had that third beer earlier...
 

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