First the 'serious comment'..............I've always thought those buildings would benefit from restoration, that whole strip has (badly) painted over brick; though I do wonder whether its all savable, some seems in pretty poor condition, beyond the lousy paint.
Second........I read that story.........
The last paragraph nearly had me spitting out my coffee laughing.............
"Their store on Queen Street is much tinier than their current three-storey space, so they've got some major sales happening to clear out their extra inventory—time to get those anal beads you always wanted. "
According to Seduction, there's no condo development yet, but owners of the building have plans to turn the second, third, and fourth floors into office spaces while the main floor remains a retail business.
The existing building looks to be in such dreadful condition from the outside that it's no surprise it's languishing on the market. Start the clean-up as per the rendering, though, and Bob's your lessee.
I wasn't observant enough to note what bad shape this building's exterior is in. It reminds me of the 571 Jarvis St. mansion, where Casey House expanded to. They pulled off a miracle there, hopefully here too. 571 Jarvis, pre-restoration.
Walked by this evening and it doesn’t seem that bad up close - it’s just extremely dirty which will happen to a beige building over time. A good poultice rub and some new windows and this will be looking fresh.
I believe there are a few places on Yonge that could satisfy your desire for poultice.
On a side note, i like this building, and as was noted, a good cleaning and new windows etc. would make this building a gem. I hope it's on the protected list.