EYCC supports conditional approval of alterations to Wesley Mimico United Church

Etobicoke York Community Council has adopted the city planning staff report and the report from the Toronto Preservation Board recommending conditional approval of alterations to Wesley Mimico United Church. This recommendation will ensure redevelopment of the property proceeds under the guidance and supervision of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services.

Here’s a link to the motion:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.EY34.5

The issue now proceeds to Toronto City Council for consideration on July 8, 2014.

 

 

Toronto Preservation Board endorses recommendations of Heritage Report

On Thursday, June 5th, the Toronto Preservation Board adopted the city staff recommendation for conditional approval of alterations to Wesley Mimico United Church – without amendment.

The report from the city’s Heritage staff, recommends City Council approve the proposed alterations to the designated property at 2 Station Road, subject to a comprehensive list of conditions. These “conditions to approval” will ensure redevelopment of the property proceeds according to established heritage preservation guidelines, under the guidance and supervision of the heritage professionals at the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services.

Here’s a link to the report:
http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pb/bgrd/backgroundfile-69720.pdf

This recommendation will be voted on by Etobicoke York Community Council in conjunction with a Zoning Bylaw Amendment, on June 17, 2014. Here’s a link to the agenda item, EY34.5:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2014.EY34.5

Toronto Preservation Board to review staff report on Wesley Mimico redevelopment

On Thursday, June 5th, the Toronto Preservation Board will review the City of Toronto Staff Report on Wesley Mimico United Church’s revised redevelopment application. Here’s a link to the Preservation Board’s agenda:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/decisionBodyProfile.do?function=doPrepare&decisionBodyId=372#Meeting-2014.PB32

The report recommends City Council approve the proposed alterations to the designated property at 2 Station Road, subject to a comprehensive list of conditions. These “conditions to approval” will ensure redevelopment of the property proceeds according to established heritage preservation guidelines, under the guidance and supervision of the heritage professionals at the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services. Here’s a link to the report:

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pb/bgrd/backgroundfile-69720.pdf

We at Save Wesley support the conclusions of this report, and in particular the “conditions to approval”. We also support continued oversight of the project by the heritage experts at the city’s Heritage Preservation Services to ensure rehabilitation of the property meets all the necessary criteria for alteration of a designated heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act.

 

 

Wesley Mimico United adds Heritage Professionals to development team

Wesley Mimico United Church has retained the services of two professional firms specializing in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings: Stevens Burgess Architects has been retained to provide specialized services on the heritage elements of the renewal and Cooper-Gordon Ltd. will provide an initial construction budget and approaches for the renewal project.

City Report recommends conditional approval of Wesley Mimico United Church revised plan

Toronto City Planning and Heritage Preservation Services staff have completed their review of Wesley Mimico United Church’s REVISED February 2014 redevelopment application.

Their report – released on May 27, 2014 – recommends that City Council approve the proposed alterations to the designated property at 2 Station Road, subject to a comprehensive list of conditions.

These conditions are designed to ensure that redevelopment of this designated heritage property proceeds according to established heritage preservation guidelines under the guidance and supervision of the heritage professionals at the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services.

The report, which will be presented to the Toronto Preservation Board (June 5th), Etobicoke York Community Council (June 17th) and Toronto City Council (July 8/9th) can be found here:

http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/pb/bgrd/backgroundfile-69720.pdf

 

Official Notice of Intention to Designate Wesley Mimico United Church now available

The Official Notice of Intention to Designate 2 Station Road (Wesley Mimico United Church) is now available on the City of Toronto website:

Take notice that Toronto City Council intends to designate the lands and buildings known municipally as 2 Station Road (Wesley Mimico United Church) under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Reasons for Designation

Description
The property at 2 Station Road is worthy of designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value, and meets the criteria for municipal designation prescribed by the Province of Ontario under all three categories of design, associative and contextual values.  Anchoring the northwest corner of Station Road and Mimico Avenue, Wesley Mimico United Church is a church dating to 1923 with an extension made in 1953.  The property was recognized on the heritage inventory of the former City of Etobicoke prior to 1998, and listed on the City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties in 2006.

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value
Wesley Mimico United Church has cultural heritage value as a well-crafted 20th century church that blends features of the Late Romanesque Revival and Neo Gothic (Modern Gothic) styles.   Its exterior design is distinguished by the east tower on Station Road and the detailing of the south façade facing Mimico Avenue, which represents the seamless integration of the 1923 and 1953 parts of the complex.  On the interior, the vaulted ceiling in the sanctuary (which is supported on two pillars through the use of an innovative steel framing system) and the suspended laminated wood floors are unique features of the design.

The architects for Wesley Mimico United Church, Horwood and White, are significant as important 20th century designers whose firm was a direct descendant of Henry Langley’s practice.  Its principals, J. C. B. Horwood and Murray A. White trained with Henry Langley and his nephew Edmund Burke, two of Toronto’s most important historical architects, and continued their mentors’ innovative approaches to design in their own practice.  Both Horwood and White sought out additional training in the United States, bringing back skills in the latest American materials and methods that they applied in their extensive portfolio.  Horwood and White’s commission for Wesley Mimico United Church was a deeply personal one for Horwood, who was a member of its congregation and a Mimico resident.  His son, architect Eric Horwood, who headed the firm of Horwood and White until 1969, designed the 1953 addition to Wesley Mimico United Church.

Wesley Mimico United Church is valued as an institution of significance in the community.  Its roots lie in the introduction of Methodism to Etobicoke in the mid 19th century where the congregation first built a church in Mimico in 1863.  Relocating to its current location in 1923 where it expanded 30 years later, Wesley Mimico United Church continues to serve the local community as a place of spiritual guidance and neighbourhood outreach.

Contextually, Wesley Mimico United Church has value for its historical and visual relationship to its setting in Mimico.  Since the early 20th century, it has contributed to the institutional and historical core of the community northeast of Lake Shore Boulevard West and Royal York Road.  Wesley Mimico United Church stands with other institutional buildings on the adjoining streets that contribute to and support the story of Mimico’s development over 150 years and its sense of place today.

As an important institutional building with a distinctive tower that anchors a corner lot in the heart of the community, Wesley Mimico United Church is valued as a local landmark in Mimico.

Heritage Attributes
The heritage attributes of the property at 2 Station Road are:

  • The Wesley Mimico United Church building
  • The placement, setback and orientation of the church building on the northwest corner of Station Road and Mimico Avenue
  • The scale,  form and massing of the long rectangular three-storey plan with shallow transepts and, at the south end, the narthex
  • The materials, with brick cladding and brick, stone, wood and glass detailing\
  • The low-pitched gable roof with parapets, stone coping, and the clerestory with window openings
  • On the principal (south) façade, the stepped frontispiece with stone and brick band courses and buttresses
  • The main (south) entrance, where steps lead to a trio of round-arched openings, with a pair of wood doors with glass inserts and transoms in each opening
  • Surmounting the south entry, the monumental round-arched opening that incorporates round and round-arched windows
  • The fenestration on all elevations, with the round-arched and flat-headed window openings with brick trim, and the stained glass windows in some of the openings
  • The buttresses on the east and west elevations that organize the pairs of window openings
  • The square tower, which is located midway along the east elevation and has corbelled brickwork beneath a multi-side spire with gothic detailing (the original entrance to the church on the east wall of the tower was later converted to a window opening)
  • On the east elevation, the secondary entry, which is placed in the transept
  • The iron fence

Dated at Toronto this 28th day of November, 2013

Ulli S. Watkiss
City Clerk

Toronto City Council votes to designate Wesley Mimico United Church under the Ontario Heritage Act

Toronto City Council votes to designate Wesley Mimico United Church under the Ontario Heritage Act:

On November 13, 2013, Toronto City Council voted in favour of the amended recommendation from Etobicoke-York Community Council to designate Wesley Mimico United Church under the Ontario Heritage Act. See link below:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.EY28.7

Designation of the property will protect and preserve this one-of-a-kind Mimico landmark by allowing the city to manage alterations to the site, enforce heritage standards and refuse demolition.

NEXT STEPS:

The next step is for the city to notify the owner, and issue a notice of the intent to designate the property under the Act. If there are no appeals against the intent to designate the property during the appeal period (30 days) the City will bring forward the bylaw designating the property under the Ontario Heritage Act at a later date (usually a few months). If there is an appeal then there will be a hearing before the Conservation Review Board. The Board will hear evidence and issue a decision. The decision is final. (Information courtesy of mimicohistory.blogspot.ca)

November 13, 2013 – Toronto City Council to vote on designation of Wesley Mimico United Church under the Ontario Heritage Act

This coming Wednesday, November 13th, Toronto City Council will vote on Etobicoke York Community Council’s recommendation to designate Wesley Mimico United Church under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act (Agenda Item EY28.7).

A report recommending designation of Wesley Mimico United Church under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act was submitted by Toronto City Planning in August 2013. This recommendation has since been approved by both the Toronto Preservation Board and Etobicoke York Community Council.

Designation of the property will protect the building and allow the city to manage alterations to the site, enforce heritage standards and refuse demolition. If you have not already done so, please CLICK HERE to add your voice to the growing chorus of Mimico residents who support the city’s recommendation to protect and preserve this one-of-a-kind, historic Mimico landmark.

 

Etobicoke York Community Council Unanimously Approves Designation

ETOBICOKE YORK COMMUNITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES DESIGNATION OF WESLEY MIMICO UNITED CHURCH:

The Etobicoke York Community Council voted unanimously on Thursday, October 17th to approve the Toronto Preservation Board’s recommendation to designate Wesley Mimico United Church under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act. This includes the previous amendment which removes the interior sanctuary from the list of “protected heritage attributes”, opening the door for revisions to the church’s current development plan. See link below:

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2013.EY28.7

Designation of the property will protect the building and enable City Council to manage any alterations to the site, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition.

NEXT STEPS:

Etobicoke York Community Council’s recommendation to designate Wesley Mimico United Church under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act will be considered by Toronto City Council on November 13, 2013.

Help Save Wesley – Voice Your Support for Heritage Designation

MOTION EY28.7 – The Intention to Designate under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act – Wesley Mimico United Church, 2 Station Road, will be considered by Etobicoke York Community Council on October 17, 2013.

A vote for Heritage designation will ensure that this one-of-a-kind Mimico landmark is protected and that any development respects and preserves the building’s key heritage features, under the guidance and supervision of the heritage professionals at the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services.

CLICK HERE to support designation and add your voice to the growing chorus of local residents who want to protect and preserve this one-of-a-kind Mimico landmark.

Thank you for your support!

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