Friday, April 5, 2024

Changes Along Wellington Street, 3-Years Ago & Today

Few changes along Wellington Street.

While looking back at some of my old blog posts I came across one from 2017 – “Changing Aurora Behind the December 2017 Snow Filter.” Well, why not revisit and see how the area looks now in 2020. So we went for a small drive – my husband driving, my son reading a book in the back, and me trying to take photos from the exact locations as I did 3 years ago. It didn’t work out the way I anticipated but one may still appreciate the comparison – a relatively small chunk of changes in contrast to what is being built now in Aurora, set for development, cleared for development or simply demolished.

December 30, 2017 Baldwins on Wellington Street

November 28, 2020 Baldwins on Wellington Street

I don’t remember when Baldwins eventually closed down, presumably sometime between 2017 and 2019. The building was first for lease, then for sale and still for sale.

Wellington

December 30, 2017 Hartman’s Corners Schoolhouse

Hartman’s Corners Schoolhouse, a building of heritage value, was occupied by York National in 2017. The one-storey frame building Hartman’s Corners Schoolhouse built in 1837 is the oldest surviving schoolhouse in Aurora, York Region and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Originally located in the community of Hartman’s Corners at the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Wellington Street East, this heritage building is now located on Wellington Street East near Berczy Street.

November 28, 2020 Hartman’s Corners Schoolhouse

Building is now occupied by Alpha Cannabis.

Wellington

December 30, 2017 David W. Doan’s House

Construction site on 32 Wellington Street East, former Aurora historic building, David W. Doan’s House from 1864; furthermore former Sormeh & Spa Inn.

November 28, 2020 David W. Doan’s House

Construction on 32 Wellington Street East of a three-storey, 24-unit apartment complex with covered parking and a commercial office use space is now completed. The former Post Office building beside remains unchanged.

December 30, 2017 Wellington Street, South-West Corner

Occupied by a dental office.

November 28, 2020 Wellington Street, South-West Corner

The dental office is no longer there. Not sure what are the plans for this building now, but currently vacant. The building directly across Yonge Street, formerly occupied by Larter Advertising, is also vacant. Connecting one vacant building to the other is the somewhat controversial rainbow crosswalk, installed by the Town this past summer.

Wellington

December 30, 2017 Condos on Yonge Street

Under construction the Treasure Hill Homes condominium complex on the west side of Yonge Street.

November 28, 2020 Condos on Yonge Street

Construction of the Treasure Hill Homes condominium complex completed.

Wellington

Your comments are appreciated.

Anna Lozyk Romeo
Aurora, Ontario

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