Thirty years later, it’s goodbye to the McDonald’s building that was part of the burger firm’s historic expansion of the 1980s. A giant backhoe is ripping up the parking lot Tuesday and will soon take down the former restaurant, second home to casual eaters and Leaside High kids. The site will become the “Leaside” LRT station at Bayview Ave. and quite possibly a good deal more. Metrolinx has consulted with developers about a large, maybe quite high building on this site and has purchased two of the four-plexes to the south on Bayview to make a sizeable footprint for this new building.
The demolition of the now vacant McDonald’s at Eglinton and Bayview and the also vacant strip mall at Eglinton and Laird is imminent. A portion of the Rio.Can Leaside Centre (where Canadian Tire is located) east of Pier One will be fenced off to permit construction of the supplemental exit/entrance to the LRT. Work at Bayview is scheduled for March 14, 2016 and it appears work may have started at Laird. Metrolinx
A woman, 85, has died as a result of injuries received when she was hit by an SUV as she tried to cross Bayview Ave at Eglinton Ave. on Friday, January 15, 2016 at about 2:35 p.m. She died at Sunnybrook Hospital on January 20. Police say she was hit by the vehicle (Dodge Journey) as the driver tried to turn right on Eglinton from Bayview. The woman was crossing Bayview on the north side. The information does not state whether she was crossing from west to east or the reverse. But police very much wish to have witnesses to this accident. The driver of the Dodge, who is 20, has not been charged. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
Work in the south side lanes of Eglinton Ave. (eastbound) has reached a point where one of the eastbound lanes has been opened. But one eastbound lane has been closed making causing motorists turning left into Eglinton to pause to make sure they are in an open lane and not a construction dead-end. Reader Gary Slippoy says he watched from his window yesterday after they opened the new lane. At least 12 cars stopped suddenly due to the change of lanes.(Thursday, January 21, 2016).
Workers are busy gutting now closed Mac’s Milk at Sunnybrook Plaza
As tenants move out at Sunnybrook Plaza the remaining businesses are comparing notes on when they might be told they will have to leave. There are now seven vacancies including long-time merchants like Gentry Clothiers. Mac’s Milk departed a couple of days ago and workers are now gutting the store. Meanwhile a belief is growing in retail backrooms that if RioCan is unsuccessful in its proposal to build twin towers (19 and 13 floors are proposed) it may redevelop the plaza in a much more modest way. The belief at least among some merchants based on discussion with sources is that RioCan will not settle for a nine-storey compromise. Such a building would still require the expensive foundation work necessary because of the underground river crossing Eglinton and running east through Leaside Instead, this Plan B goes, RioCan would rather spend much less and instead add only a floor or two to the present plaza and have the commercial strip carry on much as it has since it was built in 1952.
The confusing temporary traffic arrangements at Bayview Ave. and Eglinton Ave. E. have caused another accident. This picture was taken at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Toronto Police Operations says on Twitter that it was a collision between two cars with no personal injury. Readers and those who use the corner by car and on foot say the intersection is extremely dangerous. One says: “The way Metrolinx has set up the traffic flow is an accident waiting to happen. This is not the first nor will it be the last accident unless something is done to ensure public safety”.
That crazy construction corner Bayview Ave. and Eglinton Ave. saw a pedestrian struck in a mid-afternoon accident Friday. The report from Toronto Police Operations (TPS Ops) says she was elderly and sustained a leg injury. The conditions at this corner may be unavoidable but they are exceedingly tricky for pedestrians. Here is a current picture of the mess taken by Bob Arsenault.
A chance missed
Here are the names of the 25 stations to be built along the Eglinton Crosstown LRT as released by Metrolinx today after sometimes rancorous discussion about whether they really fit the nature of the locations. A notable issue was the need to prevent confusing duplication between LRT names and those already in use on the Bloor-Danforth line. The station at Yonge Street will take the name Eglinton because that’s what it is upstairs for the Yonge (#1) subway line and a great opportunity has been missed not to install the name Cowbell downstairs where the LRT will pass. Cowbell would remember the farm people who trod the laneway nearby and evoke Toronto’s pre-transit mental state.
- Mount Dennis
- Fairbank (Dufferin)
- Forest Hill (Bathurst)
- Mount Pleasant
- Leaside (Bayview)
- Sunnybrook Park (Leslie)
- Science Centre
- Aga Khan Park and Museum
- Hakimi Lebovic
- Golden Mile (Warden)
Bayview Avenue was blocked to northbound traffic between Soudan Ave and Eglinton Ave. Friday afternoon because of a collision. Bus traffic was diverted along Millwood and up Cleveland to Eglinton. The road reopened about 4 p.m.
Dr. Kathleen Healey
A resin called Styrene-acrylonitrile being used in LRT construction is causing a foul smell along Eglinton Ave. west of Bayview Ave. Jen Murray of the Insight Naturopathic Clinic said it smells like a “giant permanent marker had exploded.” The resin is used to strengthen sewer pipes as tunneling work proceeds underground. In everyday life, it is used to protect things like food containers, kitchenware, computer products, packaging material, battery cases and plastic optical fibers. It is said to make many things resistant even to boiling water Dr. Kathleen Healey at 543 Eglinton said she and her assistant have been “sickened” by the smell. But Dr. Healy seemed most annoyed that Metrolinx, the Ontario agency in charge of construction, could not tell her and her associates what it was.
Mac’s in the Sunnybrook Plaza is closing. The convulsion in neighborhood life caused by construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, and by the ripple effect of development, is causing many changes and this is just one. The Mac’s has less than a year left on its lease and the chain’s owner, Couche Tarde of Montreal, must figure there is no point in hanging in for whatever life is left in the old retail plaza. The owner of Sunnybrook, Rio.Can, intends to redevelop the corner and its mega-project two tower proposal (19 and 13 floors) is now at the Ontario Municipal Board. This means there will probably be construction at this location in as little as 18 months. Many locals will be sorry to see Mac’s go. Bob and Judy Arsenault were saying it is a handy stop for them when they step out of their nearby condominium. The official closing date is Thursday, January 14, 2016. We can look forward to increasing vacancies at the old Sunnybrook, a neighborhood landmark built in 1952 and said to be the first strip mall in Canada. Residents launch informed attack on Sunnybrook Plaza plan
The miserable weather has slowed traffic to very nearly a stop through Eglinton Ave. East and Bayview Ave. Monday night and early Tuesday. According to Toronto Police Operations (TPS Ops) the large vehicles are sliding on icy roads and are stuck on the Eglinton hill. The buses are unable to turn around.