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    Quote Originally Posted by UserNameToronto View Post
    Construction was delayed due to some archeological issues.
    That's certainly an understatement. This is where Upper Canada's parliament was located once it moved from Niagara in 1793.


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    The meth addicts, some of whom are quite long in the tooth, seem like a jolly bunch - little groups of them get on the 504 at Parliament Street some mornings as I head downtown, cheerfully discussing their various ailments, near-death experiences, and medications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Kay View Post
    There's also a massive restoration project underway at the 5 story loft building at the N/W corner of Parliament and King E. Not to mention the project across the street, next to the icky Staples. If I'm not mistaken, TTC purchased the land? It looks as though this will become a streetcar turnaround. Total guess though, I have no idea. Whatever it is required very little digging though, so there's certainly no building going up there. (unless they're putting up a sales house?)

    Another mystery building is at the corner of Sackville and King. I know we've discussed this in the past. I've been hearing neighbourhood rumours that this will become a little organic grocery store / deli. Anyone else hearing this buzz? The building itself got a pretty recent exterior paint job, and appears to be getting gutted (albeit, very slowly).

    Yey for Corktown! Yey for the Pan Am games!
    As others have said and as has been discussed elsewhere on UT, the TTC sold the bit of the site they owned at King/Parliament (it used to be the loop for the Parliament Street Streetcar route) and the building on Parliament between King and Front which is being worked on now is the new Porsche dealership. They are building a 2-storey building there as they are FINALLY being kicked out of their present building, which belongs to the Ontario Heritage Foundation, at Front/Berkeley. The OHF is still trying to buy the final piece of the First Parliament site (the piece with the car wash along Parliament south of Front.) Once that piece is in public hands ALL of the FP site will be public.

    The building at Parliament/King/Adelaide is certainly looking better. It used to be live/work lofts and a furniture store. No idea what's going into it now but I suspect it's offices from the kind of windows they installed. THE POSTED PERMIT SAYS ITS A "NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING".

    The owners of the building at King and Sackville got permission from the Committee on Adjustment last summer to convert it to a restaurant. They do seem to be moving VERY slowly.
    Last edited by DSC; 2010-Jan-11 at 16:36. Reason: Added info on Building Permit for Parliament-Adelaide building

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskayTO View Post
    That's certainly an understatement. This is where Upper Canada's parliament was located once it moved from Niagara in 1793.
    No, the parliament building was on the SOUTH side of Front Street between Parliament and Berkeley.

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    King & Parliament is going to be the future home of the Porsche Dealer
    Steel for the first floor was going up this morning for the first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSC View Post
    No, the parliament building was on the SOUTH side of Front Street between Parliament and Berkeley.
    My mistake - I thought the reference was to the current site. There were other archaeological concerns on the new site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskayTO View Post
    My mistake - I thought the reference was to the current site. There were other archaeological concerns on the new site?
    Speculation is that it's the St. Lawrence Foundry: http://urbantoronto.ca/showthread.ph...dry#post283050

    The Porsche dealer now has metal framing for part of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors in place. I hope its built form fronts to the street well--many buildings in the area turn their backs to the street.

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    What is the plan for the First Parliament site once it's fully in public hands?

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    New Porsche Dealership


    A little Corktown





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    Quote Originally Posted by Towered View Post
    What is the plan for the First Parliament site once it's fully in public hands?
    I think that is still to be decided; I have heard that it might be possible to use the existing Porsche building for a (temporary) City museum once Dr Porsche moves out. Then, when (if?) the whole site gets into public ownership a better building would be erected and possibly the FP foundations (which were briefly exposed during excavation a couple of years go) would be exposed as part of it. (Similar to the wonderful Pointe-à-Callière, musée d’archéologie et d’histoire in Montreal.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed007Toronto View Post
    Steel for the first floor was going up this morning for the first time.
    A new thread has been started on this, rather small, project with title "Downtown Porsche". Not sure that it's necessary to have its own thread but...

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    This is more of the Streetcar buildings, I think this is their old showroom plus the offices just west.

    Application: Demolition Folder (DM) Status: Not Started

    Location: 510 KING ST E
    TORONTO ON M5A 1M1

    Ward 28: Toronto Centre-Rosedale

    Application#: 10 101984 DEM 00 DM Accepted Date: Jan 7, 2010

    Project: Office Demolition

    Description: Permit to demolish existing building on 510 and 512 King St E - office space

    Application: Demolition Folder (DM) Status: Not Started

    Location: 530 KING ST E
    TORONTO ON M5A 1M1

    Ward 28: Toronto Centre-Rosedale

    Application#: 10 101989 DEM 00 DM Accepted Date: Jan 7, 2010

    Project: Office Demolition

    Description: permit to demolish existing office / sales centre

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSC View Post
    A new thread has been started on this, rather small, project with title "Downtown Porsche". Not sure that it's necessary to have its own thread but...
    Not everybody comes to this section. Its a P&C even though its a small project. But the location is fairly significant as is the history of the project.

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    And what about the car dealership at Front / Trinity? Didn't the city approve another project there as well? Haven't seen much happening on that site. In fact, I think the dealership is still in there.

    Corktown is really bubbling now and will be bursting in no time. I love being a part of a community where every new addition (whether it's a cafe / store / home addition / condo) is exciting. I've lived in Toronto my whole life and have never routed for a neighbourhood as much as this one. It's nice to be a part of this evolution.
    born under punches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Kay View Post
    And what about the car dealership at Front / Trinity? Didn't the city approve another project there as well? Haven't seen much happening on that site. In fact, I think the dealership is still in there.

    Corktown is really bubbling now and will be bursting in no time. I love being a part of a community where every new addition (whether it's a cafe / store / home addition / condo) is exciting. I've lived in Toronto my whole life and have never routed for a neighbourhood as much as this one. It's nice to be a part of this evolution.
    I think you mean EASTERN and Trinity and as far as I know the developer has ceased planning.

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