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Jared Lindzon – National Post
Once a shining triumph of art-deco design, the decaying building that sits at the corner of Bathurst Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West has been abandoned for more than a decade.
But the recent appearance of scaffolding is among the early indications that the building’s owners have begun renovations. Coming soon to the site: a Loblaws store and office space that preserves the historic façade.
It’s good news for area residents who had grown accustomed to what appeared to be a massive, forgotten space.
Edmond Lynch, who works in the shipping department of a building across the street, said he began to notice the scaffolding last week. This week, some of the older, blackened, plywood panels were removed from the more damaged windows, he said.
A remnant of early 20th-century industrial development along the waterfront, the site was once the home of a Loblaws warehouse, with packaging and manufacturing facilities. The building, erected in 1928, is now home only to the pigeons that have found room to nest between the broken window panels.
A sign on the outer walls of the building spells out the plans. “An application to amend the zoning bylaw has been made by Loblaw Properties Ltd. to preserve the heritage façades and permit the development of retail floor space including a Loblaws food store and office uses.”
Loblaw declined to comment on the project, but at least one developer familiar with heritage preservation is enthusiastic about the plans.
“I think that’s what heritage preservation is all about. It’s adaptive reuse: breathing a new life into old buildings and spaces,” said Paul Oberman, president and CEO of Woodcliffe Landmark Properties, which was behind such restoration projects as King James Place and the LCBO at the North Toronto Station.
“Cities, urban spaces, they have a rhythm and a texture to them, and I don’t think that we want neighbourhoods that are exclusively high-rise or exclusively low-rise. It’s about weaving an interesting and appropriate urban fabric.”
Mr. Oberman commends Loblaw for its initiative, saying it is always more expensive and difficult to preserve than to demolish.
“The city and heritage [defenders] believe that it’s important. For whatever reasons they’ve designated it, and I think what Loblaws is doing is great,” he said. “They’re adaptively reusing a building that probably has very few other potential uses.”
The building, which is partly hidden beneath the Gardiner Expressway, was originally designed by the firm of Sparling, Martin and Forbes.
After being abandoned by Loblaw it was occupied by the Daily Bread Food Bank free of rent until 2000. The site was designated a heritage property in February 2001, according to Heritage Toronto. In 2004 Loblaw unsuccessfully applied to have it demolished.
George Weston Ltd., which owns Loblaw, is in the midst of converting Maple Leaf Gardens, in conjunction with Ryerson University, into a student athletic centre and grocery store. Construction began late last year.
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Laurin & Natalie Jeffrey are Toronto Realtors with Century 21 Regal Realty.
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Why the rally?
People are frustrated and so much reaction has been stirred with Homeowners is they are tired of endlessly being victims. The result is the reason why the reform of the current Condominium Act 1998 is absolutely necessary.
Basically as homeowners people feel powerless because we elect Boards that are inexperienced volunteers, in cases based on the “right promises” under emotional circumstances. These elected Boards in turn hire, direct and sign lengthy contracts with suspicious Property Management companies whom we have no involvement in choosing. This same Board then utilizes expensive corporate lawyers to protect their interests under the banner of the “corporation”. In most cases there are no answers, transparency of financial or accountability to the homeowners only the “corporation”.
The result in our case being an older building is heavy debt, an unfulfilled Reserve Fund plan, huge loans, unpaid bills and endless special assessments with false guarantees to perform necessary restoration projects. In the end homeowners feel cheated, unable to sustain this financial burden, see no rewards, feel unjustly treated, with no comfort of protection through the current Condominium Act (1998) or the Courts in a reasonable process.
Our case is a classic example of all things going wrong over time resulting in the appointment of an Administrator. The objective of this appointment is mainly to address the current financial crisis and not investigate any wrong doing or mismanagement from the past. Justice certainly is blind in this case.
You can see why they are so angry and want to be heard. Condo Homeowners have no one to speak on their behalf or protect their assets. Many are demoralized when they loose everything.
Please help us convey our frustration to the Government of Ontario and make others aware of Condominium act that needs an overhaul.
The rally location:
236 Albion Rd
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada,
Armel crt/Albion Rd
September 5th Sunday at 3pm
- Expecting over hundred attendees this time alone with joint rally with condo owners from Dixon/Kipling
- MPP Rosario from Spadian Trinity riding who is working on Bill 79 to protect the condominium home owners
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