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New Coxwell LCBO finally opens

Employees Lisa and Lillianna were happy to be on solid ground -JENN WILSON

Employees Lisa and Lillianna were happy to be on solid ground -JENN WILSON

There were lineups at the cash registers within the first hour of the 10 a.m. opening of the new LCBO outlet at 1009 Coxwell Avenue Nov. 23, but no one was complaining.

Employees were happy to be back on solid ground after a year working out of a trailer in the parking lot behind the Shoppers Drug Mart at O’Connor Drive and Woodbine Avenue while the previous building on the Coxwell site was demolished and the new one erected.

The new store includes a cooled beer room that offers a wide selection of craft brews, a Vintages wine selection and a far more extensive variety of sizes and choices of spirits, coolers and other specialty products.

Comments from customers at the store and on social media were all positive about the new set up.

Neighbouring merchants had also been anticipating the reopening of the outlet for some time after suffering through reduced business due to both the absence of people visiting the former store and traffic congestion caused by various aspects of the demolition and construction process.

But not everyone is thrilled about the way the new building was situated on the property.

On November 15 Ward 31 Councillor Janet Davis told a meeting of the Toronto and East York Community Council that “the setback from the street is inadequate, the sidewalk is too narrow and the pedestrian throughway is obstructed by a hydro pole and a parking meter.

“The street has angular parking, with cars overhanging the sidewalk, compounding the problem,” Ms. Davis notes, concluding that “the current situation is unacceptable and poses safety and accessibility challenges for pedestrians.”

In addition, the building, because it pushes up against the edge of the sidewalk, clashes with the rest of the street on which “the remainder of the shops on the street are pushed back much further, creating a quaint, pedestrian-oriented, main-street shopping area” in keeping with its designation as Olde East York Village, she adds.

“The new LCBO stands out like a proverbial sore thumb” on the street, she concludes.

Davis introduced a motion to have planners study possible zoning amendments on the strip “in order to preserve the character of the Olde East York Village business area.” The motion now goes to the full City Council for consideration.

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