We hope everyone is off to a good start for 2014. We also hope that the ice storm didn’t manage to ruin your Christmas. We live in Leaside ourselves and our house was without power for 5 days, although we had a happy holiday nonetheless.
Here are all the news and events for Leaside from this week. Remember to check back weekly as we will be posting the Leaside community news every Friday.
Tunnelling To Take Place In 2014
We should expect a great deal of tunnelling in the Leaside area in 2014 for the LRT. This is likely to cause some traffic disruptions. Here is what Eglinton Crosstown has to say about this:
“Generally, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction along Eglinton Ave. East in the work zone. Traffic will be shifted as the construction progresses. There will be short-term local street closures and turning restrictions to allow for the construction to take place.
On-street parking will not be permitted within the work zones.
Temporary relocation of TTC bus stops in the affected area will be required for the safety of the transit riders. Watch for posted signs indicating the adjusted locations.
Pedestrian walkways will remain open. Watch for additional signs directing pedestrians.
Depending on site conditions, gas, hydro, water mains, sewers, traffic and street lighting, as well as telephone lines will be relocated to allow for construction.
The hours of work as permitted by the city bylaw are between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, when required. Some overnight work may be required.
Underground tunnelling and associated work may continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week”
Community Pulled Together To Survive A Blackout
Ice storms can create a great deal of damage, but they also have a way of bringing people together. Leaside was no exception to this. Click here to hear about just a couple of the Leaside residents who took great care of their neighbours during this time.
If you know a Leaside resident who really stepped up for the Leaside neighbourhood during the ice storm, send us an email. we would love to share their story.
Leaside Toronto Trees Among Hardest Hit By Storm
One of the downsides of having such beautiful and historic trees is that Leaside experienced a bit more damage than most during the ice storm. Some Leaside homes are still awaiting debris cleanup. You can read more on this here. Even through this damage, Leaside still remains a beautiful place to live, and we are confident that the neighbourhood will still flourish in the spring/summer months.
Major Development Headed For Leaside
We are expected to see a large-scale condo development near Eglinton Avenue East and Laird Drive. Many Leaside residents have mixed feelings about the condo development. Some are welcoming to new community members, while others feel this will effect the community’s small town culture. However Ward 26 councillor John Parker has vowed to work to preserve Leaside’s small residential streets.