We had a splendidly full and interesting meeting last night.
Michael Kluckner led a discussion about how best we can approach the preservation of historic signs in Grandview. These would include the Shelly’s sign at the Via Tevere Pizza restaurant on Victoria, and the Cozy Apartments sign on Commercial. It was noted that there are other signs on the Drive that are beneath thin veneers of whitewash. It was agreed that we should meet with the Tevere owners and discuss a possible repainting in the spring.
While we are talking about the Shelly’s sign, it is worth noting that the excellent images of the sign by one of our members, Egon Simons, are being used by the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan folks.
The talk of signs led us inexorably to the question of the Little Theatre sign that has been revealed by the redevelopment of the York Theatre. The development plan shows that the wall is supposed to be covered by what appear to be white metal sheets. However, we all agree that retention and diaplay of the sign would be a desirable outcome in what is an otherwise non-heritage renovation. It was agreed that we will write to the developers to ascertain their plans for the sign and lobby for its continued public display.
We then turned to the matter of the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan. Many of the people at the meeting are also members of the Community Plan PACE group and we discussed the first meeting of that Process Advisory and Community Engagement group that took place on Tuesday. It was noted that heritage was a key factor in the discussions, especially in what the planners were keen to call “the Heritage area” east of Commercial Drive. It was agreed that there are also pockets of important heritage value west of the Drive, many of which offer affordable housing options, and these need to be protected from any sweeping apartment-zone changes that may be contemplated in the new Plan.
There was a long and interesting discussion about the creation of a mixed cultural-industrial zone along and to the east of Clark Drive.
Talk of the area west side of Commercial was also timely because the next of our Walk & Talk series will feature that area. One of the City’s most experienced guides, Maurice Guibord, will be leading the walk on October 20th and we’ll be publishing more details in the next little while.
Finally, we spent some time discussing additions and improvements to this website of ours. It was suggested and agreed that we should have a page about resources for heritage home owners looking to repair and renovate their houses, and we will be gathering data for that. We will also include a page with pointers for those looking to research the history of their homes, and this will tie in with our scheduled Talk in January on the same subject. So, look for changes coming here soon!