A summary of the ups and downs of building activity in the downtown and north end.
By Shawn Selway
Published June 20, 2014
James Street GO Station
Build it and maybe they will serve it. Work advances rapidly on the ramp down to the GO parking lot which will extend westward from James GO station along the rail right of way. A handsome bit of Pan Am infrastructure with a promising but uncertain future.
Bay Street Bridge
Problems doubled the construction time on this bridge replacement job, but the end is near.
John near Ferrie
Bay near Simcoe
The North End bubble continues to expand and is now inducing demolitions. Twenty nine properties changed hands in the area bounded by Wellington, the CN main line and the water between January and the end of May, and June looks very busy also. There were three tear downs last year, of one story wood frames.
But this Bay Street demolition - to make way for a small condo project - was of a large brick house. Clearly this degree and rate of change is going to be dislocating (literally) for some. So far we hear lots of cheerleading from the realtors and not much from anyone else. Social Planning and Research Council, what's happening?
James at Vine
Placing concrete at part one of an extremely robust three story building kitty-corner from the still surviving Tivoli on James North.
Ferrie at Victoria
Two large blocks of the twentieth century industrial base have been pulverized to make way for new trades shops.
Wellington at Birge
The good news: a surface parking lot is being replaced with a structure. The bad news: a surface parking lot is being replaced with a structure. Continued iatrogenic necrosis of the surrounding area is anticipated.
King at Bay
On the heritage front, historic asphalt continues to weather nicely at the David Braley Memorial Parking Amenity and Kiosk. Observers will recall that the lot was threatened by the continuing existence of the Board of Education building, which has since been removed.
The site is now occupied by a large pile of public debt.
Meditation Pool at the Braley Memorial
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