Fine fabric care on Queen St. East

Since 2002, Alex Winch has operated the Beach Solar Laundromat (2240 Queen St. E.), perhaps the city’s only laundromat that’s also a social venture. The eight solar panels he added above the two-storey building he owns provide power for the water heaters below, and have helped Winch cut his business’ carbon footprint by 30 per […]

Many factors feed into empty storefronts on Queen East

Another one bites the dust. Local residents were caught off-guard early in February when a note appeared in the window of St. Louis Bar & Grill informing customers that the restaurant had ceased operations effective immediately. The franchise had been in operation on Queen Street East for more than five years and was a favourite […]

Queen and Woodbine condo clash looming

The recently adopted Beach Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) may face a trial by fire at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), as two development proposals for the northwest and northeast corners of Queen and Woodbine do not meet the new guidelines. The city’s Planning Department and Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon indicated their intention to defend […]

Condo proposals exceed new Queen Street guidelines

The recently adopted Beach Urban Design Guidelines (UDG), completed after months of community consultation and work by the city’s planning department and dozens of concerned Beach residents, is already facing its first two challenges, in the form of rezoning applications on the northwest and northeast corners of Queen and Woodbine. Both applications are for six-storey […]

Visioning study gets underway

On June 16, nearly 80 Beach community residents participated in the first of a series of meetings that comprise the Queen Street East Visioning Study.  The meeting, held at the Fire Academy on Eastern Avenue, was facilitated by Nicole Swerhun, an independent facilitator, and also included several City staff from the planning and development divisions. […]

Queen Street East is the heart of the Beach

Queen Street – where does it begin? Where does it end? Queen Street at one time was Kingston Road, and then at one point in time one section became Queen, and Kingston was rerouted to where it begins presently, where Queen and Kingston meet. Historically, we will start Queen Street where in my humble opinion […]