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April 13, 2007
City of Toronto moves Joy Oil landmark for restoration
The City of Toronto is moving Joy Oil Station, the last remaining well-known gas service station of its kind, for restoration and re-use in a nearby park facility in the Western Beaches.

The move comes as part of the City’s commitment to ensuring the longevity of heritage properties in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, and is taking place in two parts. The second portion of the landmark will be moved on April 28.

“It’s exciting that the City is being proactive and saving this key part of Toronto’s heritage and history,” said Councillor Bill Saundercook, Councillor for Ward 13. “We care about this building and hope that it’ll soon be ready for the local community to enjoy.”

Residents and motorists are being advised that a portion of Lake Shore Blvd. W. at Windermere Ave. will have lane-restrictions from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, but will remain open. Toronto Police will also be present for traffic management during the move of the heritage building.

As one of the gas stations built in the 1930s for the Joy Oil Company Ltd., a Detroit and Cleveland based firm, the Joy Oil Station has established itself as a recognizable image for an era when automotive travel was expanding. With their distinctive circular towers, high conical roofs and chateau style, Joy Oil Stations represent a romantic approach to architectural expression that have helped to make them landmarks in many Toronto neighbourhoods.

The Joy Oil Station located at 1978 Lake Shore Blvd. W. was designated as a historic site in 1989 by the City of Toronto under the Ontario Heritage Act.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Sherry Pedersen, Preservation Co-ordinator, City Planning, 416-338-1089
Wayne Moss, Project Manager, Facilities and Real Estate, 416-392-7119
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, 416-392-4993



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