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Weston Consulting News: Spring 2018
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Image:  Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc., CGL Architects

Weston on track at Woodbine

Weston Consulting is playing a key role in the destiny of one of the largest infill development projects in the GTA, the setting for the proposed Woodbine Racetrack Entertainment Hub. If approved, the “city within a city” that its creators envision, will transform northwest Toronto. Roughly the size of Toronto’s downtown, the 684 acres around the famed Woodbine Racetrack is now steps closer to providing a home for a new casino. When complete, the entertainment hub will include retail, office, hotel and entertainment venues, with walking paths, landscaped outdoor areas and parking. At the heart of it all will be the storied racetrack, visited by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip three times since it opened in 1956.
 
Weston’s deep planning experience and facility with coordinating stakeholders was invaluable in completing an urban design brief and planning justification for the Site Plan submission for the gaming district portion of the overall site. The proposed site plan includes a two-storey entertainment building with casino, retail, restaurants, bars and lounges; a two-storey retail and casino administrative building; mirror image 12-storey hotel towers overlooking the racetrack as well as single-storey retail, a parking garage and landscaped areas. Green roofs are planned to cover over half of the buildings’ rooftop surfaces.
 
The Weston team, including Matt Alexander and Robert Walter-Joseph, has been working closely with client Ontario Gaming GTA Limited Partnership to help realize the vision of the entertainment hub. Weston has been working with project consultants including Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc., CGL Architects and a team of engineers to coordinate materials for the submission. 

It's a first for Toronto planners at Toronto Local Appeal Body

The City of Toronto is the first municipality in Ontario to implement a Local Appeal Body to adjudicate land use disputes. Toronto Local Appeal Body or TLAB as it’s known, began work on May 3 last year. In what is a first for Toronto planners, Jane McFarlane, Associate with Weston Consulting, secured a favourable decision from TLAB for a client on a matter concerning a land severance.
 
Weston’s client proposed severing a large lot on Glencairn Avenue just south of Dufferin and Lawrence in order to build two new single-family homes. In a neighbourhood that is experiencing redevelopment as new housing replaces existing bungalow-style housing, Glencairn Avenue has several lots that are significantly larger than the others. One of these was the lot owned by Weston’s client. The application to sever the lot was submitted and approved by the City of Toronto Committee of Adjustment. However, neighbours appealed the decision.

The appeal which went to TLAB within the first two months of its existence, was heard in November and a decision in favour of Weston’s client rendered in December. 

Image: MMMC Architects

Weston paves way for first Vaughan residential hospice   

Vaughan is getting its first residential hospice as a result of Weston Consulting’s work with the Hospice Vaughan team to obtain approval for their new facility. The 25,000 square foot facility, to be located just north of Rutherford Road on Islington Avenue, will include a 10-bed residential hospice, access to outdoor amenity space, family support and bereavement services and visiting hospital services. The Hospice Vaughan Palliative Care Centre of Excellence will serve as a community hub supporting research and education on palliative care best practices.

Weston facilitated the submission of a Site Development Approval application with the City of Vaughan as well as Minor Variance and Consent applications to permit the proposed Palliative Care Centre. In addition to Planning applications, Weston assisted with the deferral of Development Charges at both the Municipal and Regional levels based on Hospice Vaughan’s not-for-profit status and approved government funding.  At this time, Weston is assisting with the clearance of outstanding conditions of approval and the issuance of building permits.
 
The Hospice Vaughan Palliative Care Centre of Excellence is expected to be open by March 2019. Since 1995, Hospice Vaughan has been providing compassionate support to individuals facing a life-limiting illness or loss of a loved one. They provide in-home visiting volunteers, a day program as well as grief and bereavement support, with support services extending to caregivers, family and friends. All programs and services are free of charge.

If you would like to find out more about Hospice Vaughan or get involved visit: www.hospicevaughan.com

New Vaughan subway station steps from Weston office

Step out the front door of Weston Consulting’s Vaughan office and just 460 metres away, you’ll spot the sleekly contemporary Vaughan Metropolitan Centre subway station. This past December, the Toronto Transit Commission Line 1 subway extension opened to the public, adding six brand new stations including Vaughan throughout and north of the City of Toronto. Now when you visit Weston’s office just north of Highway 7 on Millway Avenue, you can make the trip by TTC! 

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