The Etobicoke Historical Society Board, on behalf of its many members, strongly disagrees with the Heritage Impact Assessment’s view that the demolition of the church/old town hall central section of the designated heritage building would “not negatively affect the heritage values of the site”. This can be found on Page 32 of the assessment - please CLICK HERE to read in full.
Walking tours of Islington Village often stop to view the walls of this section of the building while the guide talks about the community, religious, and governance history of the site. The destruction of the central section would remove one of the very few old physical reminders of a significant place in Etobicoke’s history. The demolition would take place in order to construct – as shown by the proposed floor plans – a space for lockers, a restaurant kitchen and, a “memory care” terrace.
The Society believes that the central section of the designated building should not be demolished.
The Society has also asked about the required archaeological assessment for this area. None of the documentation provided for the consultation discusses what will be done in this regard. It is EHS's understanding that the entire Islington Village area is designated by the City for such assessment. As such, we have asked for the plans for archaeological work. Should demolition proceed with the central and back portions of the designated building, the EHS would want detailed, careful archaeological work to be done there and in its surroundings, as has been done at other sites in the city.
Members of the Etobicoke Historical Society and concerned citizens my share their opinions at a special online virtual community consultation meeting, taking place on Thursday, October 15th, between 7:00pm and 8:30pm. To learn more about attending, please refer to the notice below: