Thursday, November 29, 2007

Public Consultation re: closure of Golden Avenue

Councillor Leadman is hosting a public consultation meeting with regards to
the closure of Golden Avenue between Richmond Road and Byron.

The meeting will be held on December 5th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the
Churchill Senior Centre located at 345 Richmond Road.

(Please note, the following information is from the office of Councillor Leadman.)

Background Information:

The idea behind the road closure is to create a unique concept for the Richmond Road corridor to benefit the community and its residents. The portion of Golden Avenue in question was never intended as a roadway, it was originally a bus turnaround point until the 1990s. Closing this small portion of road will result in the extension of the Byron Linear Park for public use. It will connect Golden Avenue to the Mainstreet by extending the sidewalk and will create a gateway into the Richmond Road corridor.

As well this concept speaks to many important components of the Official Plan, such as the need to keep the movement of traffic on the arterial roadway or major collectors and the need to promote pedestrian and cycling activities. It will make our community much more attractive, unique and green.

The above sets the tone for the growth of communities within the urban core and particularly along the mainstreets that has experienced the highest level of intensification. This measure is put in place to promote growth but at the same time provide compatibility with the neighbouring community. It's intended to promote people, not cars.

Last call for Kitchissippi Ward Budget Meeting

Westboro residents are encouraged to come participate in a budget consultation hosted by Councillor Leadman.

It's tonight:

Thursday, November 29
7 to 9 p.m.
Churchill Seniors Centre
345 Richmond Road

Residents and businesses will also have an opportunity to make a presentation to all of Council from December 3 to 7, 2007.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Reminder: the WCA open forum is tomorrow night

This is a reminder about the Westboro Community Association Open Forum - Tuesday November 20 at 7:00 pm at All Saints/First United Church on Richmond Road at Churchill (enter from the back off Madison).

If you are a Westboro resident, this is your opportunity to give your Board of Directors some direction. We have already been busy with a number of community consultations as well as addressing business and residential development issues with the City, but we need to hear more from you so that we can set priorities for the coming year.

You are invited to meet the new Board of Directors and share concerns and ideas about issues affecting Westboro: including transportation, business and residential development, and greenspace. Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Christine Leadman will also be in attendance, ready to answer questions and hear feedback from community members.

Even if you weren't able to make it to our AGM, you are welcome to attend our community forum and become a member of the association.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Shopwatch: so it's going to be an American Apparel

There's been quite a bit of speculation about what kind of store is going in the ground floor of the office building at 411 Roosevelt at Richmond Road. Ten years ago this space used to be a branch of the Royal Bank of Canada, after that it was a beauty supply store. Next up: American Apparel. You can read more about American Apparel here.

What do you think about this kind of chain moving into the Village?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007