News 2018-01-19T17:04:57+00:00
1405, 2018

Last chance for look at Weston Bakery before demolition

This weekend is your last chance to have a peek inside what was previously Weston Bakery, the home of Wonder Bread! Located in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Logan Avenue, a photography show is being hosted May 19 and May 20, 2018.

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Here’s the story from CBC:

Abandoned bread factory Weston Bakery on the brink of demolition is getting one final tribute

‘It was important for us to get the community back into the building one last time’

  • A defunct Wonder Bread factory, Weston Bakery, in Leslieville has opened its doors one last time as part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival this weekend. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

If you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a bread factory looks like, you’re in luck.

The historic rise and fall of an old Wonder Bread factory in Leslieville is being commemorated this month.

Weston Bakery facility, known for the delicious aroma that used to waft from its walls, was a sort of landmark in the east end before it shut down four years ago.

Since then, it’s been sitting vacant.

Wonder Condo artist's rendition Leslieville Toronto

The Weston Bakery facility, near Eastern and Logan avenues, is being gutted to make room for residential and commercial condo units. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

Still furnished with its original bread-making machinery, the factory’s doors are being opened to the public for a photo show on the weekends of May 12-13 and May 19-20.

The exhibit is part of Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photography Festival and will feature photos from Toronto photographer Laird Kay.

“It was actually quite wonderful seeing the guts and seeing all the machines, all of these wonderful conveyor belts flying through the building,” Kay said in an interview with CBC Toronto.

Inside Weston Bakery Leslieville Toronto

An exhibit paying tribute to the factory will feature abstract photos of the building’s original machinery. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

“I wanted to capture the movement and the feeling of the space — abstract the machinery and show them as sculptures,” he said.

Although portions of Weston Bakery’s frame will remain intact for historic and nostalgic purposes, it’s being gutted to make room for new condominiums being built next year.

That, in part, is why Neil Pattison of Graywood Developments, felt “it was important for us to get the community back into the building one last time.”

‘People are not comfortable with change’

“We wanted to celebrate the history of the building,” Pattison said. “I remember driving down the street, walking past, you’d see people wearing their white coats, wearing their hair nets.”

It’s a history that dates back to 1887, when the factory first opened.

Weston Bakery factory machines Leslieville Toronto

The history of this Wonder Bread factory dates back to the 1800s. (Ousama Farag/CBC)

And community members have mixed emotions about the plan for this plot of land.

“People are not comfortable with change,” Pattison said. “It wasn’t compatible with the neighbourhood.”

Resistance from the community turned into a long battle with the Ontario Municipal Board over the structural details for the new condos, which will now be eight storeys and include a combination of commercial and residential units.

Weston Bakery developer Leslieville Toronto

Developer Neil Pattison said there was resistance from the community over structural plans for the new condos. (Ousama Farag/CBC)

“It wasn’t exactly what the developer wanted and it wasn’t exactly what the community wanted,” said Coun. Paula Fletcher (Ward 30, Toronto-Danforth). “It was a true Toronto compromise.”

‘I support it’

Community member Sheree Spence has been living in the neighbourhood for 18 years and has mixed feelings about the development.

“I’m going to miss the bread factory,” she said. “Every day I would step out of my house and smell it in the air and it was just a wonderful smell, it’s like home.”

And while she worries the condos will bring additional traffic to the area, she admits the new development will be better than an empty factory.

Weston Bakery factory machines Leslieville Toronto

The building’s machinery will either be donated or recycled. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

“It’s life, it’s evolution,” she said.

Helen Yabu agrees.

“A condo in that area would certainly be much more pleasing to the environment than an abandoned factory,” she said. “I support it.”

source: abandoned bread factory

805, 2018

Frankie’s is the new Italian restaurant in Leslieville

Toronto Life showed Leslieville a little love this week by introducing our newest Italian restaurant, Frankie’s. Refreshing what was previously Lil’ Baci’s space, we’re excited to welcome Frankie’s to the neighbourhood and look forward to enjoying their cozy back patio.

Here’s the full story:

What’s on the menu at Frankie’s, a new Italian restaurant in Leslieville with $10 bowls of pasta and a negroni menu

Name: Frankie’s Italian
Contact: 892 Queen St. E., 647-812-7747,
Neighbourhood: Leslieville
Previously: Lil’ Baci
Owners: Mark Bacci, Riyaz Somani and Suresh Singh (Lil’ Baci, Annabelle Pasta Bar, Bob Coffee Bar)
Chef: Brandyn Koester (Annabelle)

The food at Frankie’s

Shareable snacks and small plates as well as a trio of daily $10 pasta dishes. The pizza—made from Lil’ Baci’s 10-year-old mother dough, but now lighter and crisper thanks to a new oven—is still on the menu. The lunch menu adds a selection of sandwiches on house-baked bread, and all-day weekend brunch includes breakfast pizza and bacon-and-eggy carbonara.

Pan-fried mortadella is served with grainy mustard. $6


The burrata accompaniments, including this corn, fennel and zucchini option, change daily. $17.


Spicy pork meatballs with ricotta in pomodoro were a Lil’ Baci staple. $9.


The day’s fresh pasta could be this bowl of bucatini all’amatriciana, made with bacon, chilies, pomodoro sauce and parmesan. $10.


The Smoky Bacon pie is also topped with zucchini, herbs and chilies. $12.


The drinks at Frankie’s

Besides a short wine and beer list, there’s a negroni menu that feature twists on the classic cocktail, including one made with rose hip and ginger. At the all-day coffee counter, caffeinated drinks are an extension of Bob’s coffee program, made with beans from Junction-based roaster Halo.

The Elderflower Negroni is made with St. Germain, Dillon’s gin, Campari and sage. $13.


The Spaghetti Western combines Jaral mescal, Campari and Cocchi Americano with lime juice. $13.


The Negroni Fizzante is made with Dillon’s gin, Campari, Guerra Rojo vermouth, prosecco and mint. $13.


Frankie’s Space

While the bones of the structure remain the same, additions include an elongated marble-topped bar and a new coffee nook carved out near the front window, and a 54-seat backyard patio.

source: toronto life frankie’s italian

2704, 2018

Leslieville Real Estate Update Jan – Mar 2018 Q1

We hope your 2018 is off to a great start. In an effort to keep you up to date and help you to better understand the real estate market, we have prepared your Leslieville Real Estate update. Below you will find sales information for January to March, 2018.

Do you have a question about a specific sale on your street? Reach out and we’ll happily give you all of the info,

Are you curious to know what your home is worth? Give us call at 416.465.7850 and we will be happy to provide you with an opinion of value.

Leslieville Real Estate Update January to March 2018 Q1 Thurston Olsen Team

130 homes sold in Leslieville. $965,199 is the average price of a home in Leslieville.

29 detached homes sold in Leslieville. $1,171,038 is the average price of a detached home in Leslieville.

58 semi-detached homes sold in Leslieville. $1,006,414 is the average price of a home in Leslieville.

26 condo apartments sold in Leslieville. $671,053 is the average price of a condo apartment in Leslieville.

Click here to view sales information from 2017.

1704, 2018

South Relief Line – east end details and consultations

Attend a public meeting to learn more about the South Relief Line

Monday, April 23, 2018
Calvary Church Toronto
746 Pape Avenue
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturday, April 28, 2018
St James Cathedral Centre
65 Church Street
9:30am – 11:30am

Monday, April 30, 2018
Morse Street Junior Public School
180 Carlaw Avenue
6:30pm – 8:30pm

Residents along the route of the south relief line are about to start learning how the proposed subway would affect them. The group includes 28 property owners who would lose some or all of their land.

Leslieville Streetcar Yard Queen Street East South Relief Line

Letters explaining the impact of the subway, which is not currently funded, were sent to thousands of property owners on Monday. For the vast majority of these people, the project would mean little more than a legal fix to allow the subway to run near their property. But in a few dozen cases the effect would be much greater.

The city says that parts of a dozen properties and the entirety of 16 others would become the sites of permanent surface structures. Ten other properties would be needed for construction activities, although these could be returned when the work is complete. The specific locations of these 38 properties have not been revealed.

The city, which will hold three public meetings, beginning next Monday, has the legal power to expropriate the land in such circumstances. But these situations have sparked fierce pushback in the past, something local councillor Paula Fletcher said she understands.

“It’s someone’s property. It’s someone’s equity,” she said.

A few years ago, Ms. Fletcher gave her support to residents at the southern end of Pape Avenue who wanted part of the subway route shifted away from their street. Those residents were concerned that the subway construction could damage their homes, and said that nearby Carlaw Avenue is wider and has more density, making it a better choice.

Pape Avenue resident Jim Barr was one of the opponents, signing a petition at the time and saying he didn’t want to lose his house. He argues now that the concern of homeowners was legitimate, but also feels that public opinion may be too easily whipped up.

“I think that people are too pro-active now, too worried now,” he said.

City council ultimately agreed with those concerned residents. As the proposed project comes closer, though, it will not always be possible to shift its effects. The relief line would be the first downtown subway built in Toronto in decades and the area will likely be inconvenienced during construction.

Increased traffic due to work vehicles and lanes being closed is one likely outcome. Noise, dust and vibration are others, although the area may be spared some of the latter.

David Nagler, who manages community relations for the Toronto Transit Commission, said that the surface-level impact of the tunnelling work should be minimized for two reasons: The proposed tunnel would be deep – with the top of it lying between 18 and 25 metres below the surface – and it would run through bedrock instead of softer material.

The combination, he said, would mean a “likely imperceptible level of vibration during the tunnelling.”

The south relief line would be deeper than the Crosstown light-rail line that was recently tunnelled along Eglinton, sparking complaints along the way. It would also be much deeper than the older parts of the current subway system and would be built with modern techniques to minimize the amount of vibration when operating.

The downtown relief line has been proposed for decades as a way to take pressure off the crowded Yonge subway line.

The section of it now being planned runs south from Pape subway station, hooking west and crossing the Don River before finishing at Osgoode subway station. It is unfunded and its price tag of $6.8-billion is several years out of date and expected to rise.



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photo: Ford Thurston

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