The building on George is actually quite old, the wall itself may be newer but behind it dates to mid 19th century. See thisThe fire, I think, was mostly on the George street part of the building. Which looks to be mostly cinderblock, stuccoed over to match the older part on the corner. Neighbourhood rumour has it that the fire began in an air conditioning unit.
They did lots of repairs to building at King & George. it certainly may have had structural problems but, I think, not now.The retail on the corner building has been closed for ages due to safety reasons. If the interiors are in such bad structural shape, a facade may be its only hope, no?
Sigh. This is the oldest continuous block of shops in the city, dating back as far as 1834.
A lot of places in this neighbourhood should be tower sites. This one should not. Too bad about the last five years of heritage planning, which have apparently left this in play.
Never too late, the Coras building is not old and neither is the Booster Juice one at end of the row on Front (though both were built at a time that people tried to make new builds fit in!). These two both look pretty good in their own way.There was an attempt to connect this with Allied's lands to the south, but I guess that fell through.