Neighbourhood News: Toronto’s new design district, Cube House profiled, 399 King East & more

Neighbourhood News is your regular round-up of news and tidbits relating to Corktown and its surrounding communities.

At BlogTO, Robyn Urback wonders if Corktown could be Toronto’s next Design District, pointing to the planned relocation of Ethel, a well-known Leslieville design shop, to Queen & Parliament.

Also making news on that corner: Even & Odd, another design shop that’s just opened near Queen & Parliament and is generating a lot of buzz. Check them out on Facebook.

Looking at another bit of neighbourhood design, OpenFile Toronto’s Lyndsie Bourgon profiles Corktown’s favourite cube-shaped house and the man who calls it home, Martin Trainor. The Cube House is fast becoming an iconic part of Corktown.

Also iconic: the circa-1852 Georgian storefronts at 399 King Street East, located next to Little Trinity Church. The Grid’s Shelley White has an update on the church’s plans to refurbish the property into a brand new space for the church and the community. Groundbreaking is set for this Sunday, April 28.

The Toronto Star’s Catherine Porter confirms that high-profile chef Chris Klugman – previously of Bistro 990 on Bay Street, among other things – is set to open a 100-seat bistro in the new Paintbox development in the revitalized Regent Park, just north of Corktown. The bistro’s website promises a September 2012 opening. They’re currently recruiting staff.

In real estate news: Great Gulf Homes has purchased 48 Power Street, presumably with plans to redevelop the property. Located between Richmond & Adelaide near Parliament, it’s currently home to the Sing Tao Daily newspaper. Fresh on the market is 20 Regent Street, the site of the soon-to-close Duke of York / Regent Park School at Shuter & Parliament. The massive 3.5 acre property has a ton of potential.

Hungry? DishCrawl is holding a culinary adventure through some of the Corktown’s best eateries on May 16.

Don’t forget that the Corktown Residents and Business Association meets this Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m., with special guest Glen Murray. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Dominion on Queen. And be sure to check out some of the great Jane’s Walks happening in and around Corktown on May 5 & 6.

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