Berkeley Castle Management
2/23/2011 berkeleycastle.ca

 sun building

 

CAN YOU GUESS WHERE THIS BUILDING IS?  HINT:  ONLY A COUPLE OF HUNDRED METRES FROM OURS.... READ BELOW TO FIND OUT.

 Yesterday, Melody and I attended the AGM (Annual General Meeting) for our new local BIA (Business Improvement Area).

The BIA is a non-profit entity whose members consist of all businesses and property owners in the area. This group strives for the improvement and betterment of the area by stimulating local business and traffic. Every business in the area is automatically a member, and achievement and benefit to the area is attained with their funds.  If you are interested, they have a number of initiatives and committees in which you can get involved.  You can contact the BIA administrative offices through the link below.  

Other than the traditional business that goes along with any AGM, we did learn some interesting information that pertains specifically to our own little part of the neighbourhood.

  • You may have noticed the No Frills grocery store going into what was the Toronto Sun Building.  When the Sun moved their printing facilities to the (905) area, they sold their building to a company called First Gulf.  The Sun’s editorial and administrative staff have remained as tenants to the new owners.  In addition to the No frills, along Front Street where the brick wall with the big mural is, First Gulf is renovating, and adding three retails stores.  An LCBO, a bank, and an unknown retail store.  On the King Street side, they have added eight retail stores.  Part of their plan is to also build three additional stories of glass office space.  The above picture is of the North West corner of King and Princess Streets. 
  • As most of you likely know, the old Porsche dealership is on land that once had Canada’s first parliament buildings (hence the name Parliament Street).   The City was successful in expropriating this land in order to eventually turn this location into a historic tourist destination.  In the shorter tern, with the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812 quickly approaching, they do have plans for related events and activities.  There are also plans on the table to turn part of all of the space into a public library.

I encourage you to go to the web-site if you want to know more about what is happening in the neighbourhood.   Although the existing web-site does not yet include the new geographical boundaries that now include our building, I do know that the BIA has definite plans (and budget approval) underway to include us in their many ongoing projects.

Link to BIA website

Thanks, Linda