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Toronto public school destroyed by fire in 2019 will reopen in 2022

540 Jones Ave.

Sept 30, 2020


It’s been more than a year since the Jones Avenue Public School site was shut down after fire tore through the building.

But it will be a while longer before the Toronto District School Board is able to reinstate the pre-existing Adult Learning Centre and Elementary School Classroom Space.

The school has been closed for remediation and reconstruction since May 2019 after a four-alarm fire forced the closure. No one was injured in the fire but a number of roofing workers were rescued.

The fire forced the closure of the school and temporary relocation of about 200 students and various adult programs.

JUST THE FACTS

• Work first included repair and remediation of structural fire and water damage.

• Safe removal of interior finishes, systems and assemblies related to fire and water damage is "largely complete."

• TDSB anticipates a reopening of the school in January 2022.

• Capacity will include 10 classrooms and approximately 200 students; adult English as a Second Language Classes; Enhanced Language Training and the Essential Skills Upgrading Program.

• Students will continue attending Wandering Spirit School at 16 Phin Ave. until reopening.

This project doesn't have its own thread as yet; so I'll just park this here.

TDSB is set to approve the construction tender for rebuilding the Elementary School/Adult Learning Centre.

A report went to the most recent TDSB Finance Ctte.


Of note, construction to start July 2021:

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Also, they're short a bit of money, which they are hoping the province might cover.

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Taste of the Danforth cancelled for the second year.


Yes, locals hate it, but it's a life raft for a lot of Greek restaurants who are barely hanging on.
Not ALL the locals hate it. Just those unfortunate enough to live within three blocks of it. But they should have considered that when paying $1M++ for their semis. The Danforth -- and that includes the Taste of the Danforth -- helped make their neighbourhood the hot property that it is. This ain't Oakville, kids.

I can remember the very first Taste, before they shut down the street. I have never missed a single one, if only to take a stroll in the afternoon before it gets nuts.

My only criticism is that there is very little diversity now despite the influc of non-Greek restaurants. Too many establishments stopped participating. It's all souvlaki souvlaki souvlaki, at least that's what it seems to me.
 

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Not ALL the locals hate it. Just those unfortunate enough to live within three blocks of it. But they should have considered that when paying $1M++ for their semis. The Danforth -- and that includes the Taste of the Danforth -- helped make their neighbourhood the hot property that it is. This ain't Oakville, kids.

I can remember the very first Taste, before they shut down the street. I have never missed a single one, if only to take a stroll in the afternoon before it gets nuts.

My only criticism is that there is very little diversity now despite the influc of non-Greek restaurants. Too many establishments stopped participating. It's all souvlaki souvlaki souvlaki, at least that's what it seems to me.

Good points. I always felt like they should extend ToD east towards Greenwood or Coxwell. One, to help spread out the crowds, and two, to embrace the mishmash of Middle Eastern, Ethiopian and Italian joints.
 

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Good points. I always felt like they should extend ToD east towards Greenwood or Coxwell. One, to help spread out the crowds, and two, to embrace the mishmash of Middle Eastern, Ethiopian and Italian joints.
Yes, agreed! But I think Taste is controlled by the https://greektowntoronto.com and only goes from Jones to Chester. I could be wrong.
 

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Yes, agreed! But I think Taste is controlled by the https://greektowntoronto.com and only goes from Jones to Chester. I could be wrong.

Its generally run to Broadview in the past with the cooperation of the BIA than manages Chester to Broadview.

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As such, I don't see why it would be an inherent challenge to cooperate w/the BIA to the east, which runs all the way to Westlake (close to Main Street)

Though, I'm not sure it makes sense to diffuse the event too far.

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Other ways of managing the load on the area would be to incorporate parts of Broadview and Pape; and possibly make use of one or more of the Green P lots.

To get people on to transit, boarding should be free at any of the stations that serve the event.
 
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Mezes located at 456 Danforth is renovating the former Pappa's Grill space at Arundel with plans to open later this summer. This is great news, Mezes will do well with the new patio.
 

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