Kingston Road business summit slated for Scarborough

News Apr 23, 2013 Scarborough Mirror

Small business owners on Kingston Road have been invited by Paul Ainslie to a breakfast “business summit” meant as another step towards reviving the Scarborough thoroughfare.

The free session from 8 to 10 a.m. this Thursday, April 25, at The Olde Stone Cottage Pub, on Kingston Road east of Scarborough Golf Club Road, includes talks by the City of Toronto’s small business consultant and employment office staff on “needs highlighted by business owners,” including marketing strategies, Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie said in a release.

The city has plans to beautify and redevelop parts of Kingston Road in Scarborough, but the street has no Business Improvement Area formed by merchants to help pay for projects and nearby homeowners have opposed proposals for larger buildings.

On Tuesday, April 23, Ainslie said the Kingston strip has improved a bit in recent years - some of its motels and car lots have closed - but other properties remain empty, “waiting for the economy to improve a bit,” before their owners propose condominiums there.

Some type of association is needed, preferably with a mix of businesses and residents, to improve Kingston Road, said Ainslie.

Along with around 40 local businesses, the summit also invited executives of several area ratepayer groups help identify the types businesses residents want to see and support along Kingston, he said.

“Businesses aren’t going to survive without residents going to them.”

Ainslie, scheduled to speak about the city’s strategies for Kingston and beautification for the road in his ward, acknowledged improvement has to come with increased density and that resident opposition to condos stops that density from arriving.

“We have to find some way to have a dialogue about that,” he said.

Kingston Road business summit slated for Scarborough

News Apr 23, 2013 Scarborough Mirror

Small business owners on Kingston Road have been invited by Paul Ainslie to a breakfast “business summit” meant as another step towards reviving the Scarborough thoroughfare.

The free session from 8 to 10 a.m. this Thursday, April 25, at The Olde Stone Cottage Pub, on Kingston Road east of Scarborough Golf Club Road, includes talks by the City of Toronto’s small business consultant and employment office staff on “needs highlighted by business owners,” including marketing strategies, Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie said in a release.

The city has plans to beautify and redevelop parts of Kingston Road in Scarborough, but the street has no Business Improvement Area formed by merchants to help pay for projects and nearby homeowners have opposed proposals for larger buildings.

On Tuesday, April 23, Ainslie said the Kingston strip has improved a bit in recent years - some of its motels and car lots have closed - but other properties remain empty, “waiting for the economy to improve a bit,” before their owners propose condominiums there.

Some type of association is needed, preferably with a mix of businesses and residents, to improve Kingston Road, said Ainslie.

Along with around 40 local businesses, the summit also invited executives of several area ratepayer groups help identify the types businesses residents want to see and support along Kingston, he said.

“Businesses aren’t going to survive without residents going to them.”

Ainslie, scheduled to speak about the city’s strategies for Kingston and beautification for the road in his ward, acknowledged improvement has to come with increased density and that resident opposition to condos stops that density from arriving.

“We have to find some way to have a dialogue about that,” he said.

Kingston Road business summit slated for Scarborough

News Apr 23, 2013 Scarborough Mirror

Small business owners on Kingston Road have been invited by Paul Ainslie to a breakfast “business summit” meant as another step towards reviving the Scarborough thoroughfare.

The free session from 8 to 10 a.m. this Thursday, April 25, at The Olde Stone Cottage Pub, on Kingston Road east of Scarborough Golf Club Road, includes talks by the City of Toronto’s small business consultant and employment office staff on “needs highlighted by business owners,” including marketing strategies, Scarborough East Councillor Paul Ainslie said in a release.

The city has plans to beautify and redevelop parts of Kingston Road in Scarborough, but the street has no Business Improvement Area formed by merchants to help pay for projects and nearby homeowners have opposed proposals for larger buildings.

On Tuesday, April 23, Ainslie said the Kingston strip has improved a bit in recent years - some of its motels and car lots have closed - but other properties remain empty, “waiting for the economy to improve a bit,” before their owners propose condominiums there.

Some type of association is needed, preferably with a mix of businesses and residents, to improve Kingston Road, said Ainslie.

Along with around 40 local businesses, the summit also invited executives of several area ratepayer groups help identify the types businesses residents want to see and support along Kingston, he said.

“Businesses aren’t going to survive without residents going to them.”

Ainslie, scheduled to speak about the city’s strategies for Kingston and beautification for the road in his ward, acknowledged improvement has to come with increased density and that resident opposition to condos stops that density from arriving.

“We have to find some way to have a dialogue about that,” he said.