ALEXANDRA GATES RENOVATION

PROJECT ON HOLD!

TRULL FUNERAL HOME PROPERTY SOLD FOR REDEVELOPMENT

The Trull Funeral Home, which is immediately adjacent to the south-side pillars on Alexandra Boulevard has been sold.  The new owners have made it known to the city that they will be demolishing the building for a new development for this and the adjacent site along Yonge Street.

Such a development project will require the pillars at the existing location to be taken down.

The developer has suggested in meetings with the city councillor that they are open to working with us on having the pillars replaced.  We are still waiting for an official plan to be submitted by them.  However, we are hopeful of working out an arrangement to include proper restoration of the pillars and railings as part of the development project.

Assuming that the proposed development proceeds without delay, it does not make sense to spend the money to restore them just to have them taken down.

Therefore we are suspending our fundraising and all immediate restoration activities.  In the meantime will plan to direct our ongoing efforts to work with the developer to have the restoration work done as part of the new development.

The existing pillar capstones (which are from the original pillars) will have to be removed and stored during the construction. 

Stay tuned here and through upcoming LPRO newsletters for continued updates on the status and progress as events unfold.

(Much thanks to those individuals who have already made a contribution – we will be getting in touch with you directly)

Background

The pillars and railings of the Gates of Alexandra Boulevard at Yonge Street have been a historical landmark of what is now known as Lytton Park since the earliest days of its development.

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Sadly, the original gates were taken down and replaced in the 1990’s, and using quite inferior materials and shoddy workmanship.  The caps of the original pillars have been preserved, and regardless of the loss of the bricks and iron, they continue to be an important symbol of our heritage and to contribute to the unique character of our neighbourhood.

These cheap replacements are already literally crumbling to pieces, and have become both an eyesore and a safety concern.

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gates with condo behind

The City will not help.  If the pillars become unsafe (which they are) the City will take them down, and there will be no chance to replace them.  The City is, however, allowing the residents, acting through the Lytton Park Residents’ Organization, to repair and restore the pillars.  It is estimated that it will cost between $20,000 and $30,000 to restore the pillars depending on the brick used, and assuming the foundations are sound.

For more details send us an email at: alexandra.gates.2017@gmail.com.

Updated August 2018

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