Joy Gas Station Dubbed "The World's Most Expensive Gingerbread House" by Ward 13 Candidate

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The Joy Oil Company first started building these gas Stations in the late 1930's. The design and architecture was intended to be a uniquely Canadian Chateau Style. This is the last remaining station in existence, and is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto. In the late 80's residents mobilized to save it. After over two decades, many unanswered questions remain.

...lost revenue over the last 20 years could easily top $1,000,000...

The city of Toronto will go to the polls to elect a new mayor and councillors in just two short weeks.

In Ward 13 (Parkdale-High Park),one candidate is challenging the incumbent to explain the Joy Gas Station fiasco. Nick Pavlov who has pushed a platform based on big ideas and positive change, recently commented on this issue. He has called it the "World's most expensive gingerbread house".

"I loved this chateau and the thought of saving it 20 years ago. The chateau would add character and warmth to our lakefront. However, after decades of inaction, my constituents are demanding a full explanation. As we dig deeper into the circumstances, we are learning the the chateau cannot be used to sell food on the boardwalk, until the monopoly held by the Grenadier Group is renewed or renegotiated. The Grenadier Group have exclusive rights to sell food in the current location and High Park until 2016. In the interim, taxpayers are left staring at the structure through a leased perimeter fence. There is an absence of accountability and responsible spending. It is sad reflection on our municipal government that many of the residents who fought to save it, may never see it open or used. What will be the final cost? and When, if ever it will be used? This is a great miscarriage of local democracy, and wasteful use of taxpayers money. The current councillor has been relatively silent on the issue, and that maybe a result of authorizing negotiations with the Grenadier Group without any request for competitive tenders. Recently, single source contracts have had voters in an uproar. Either way, there is no single excuse to explain the colossal delays."

According to Mr. Pavlov, "The restoration was completed more than two years ago at a cost of over $400,000, but the actual cost in lost revenue over the last 20 years could easily top $1,000,000. It was left to rot for more than a dozen years, it was relocated, and now is sitting empty and unused."

Mr. Pavlov has publicly committed to getting the structure open and operational within six months of being elected.

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