Perhaps this is just part of an assembly, however, it hasn't been handled with much stealth if we all know who bought it.
295 College and 297 were one property, up to about five years ago when they were severed. Previously, 295 had been an office of the Ukrainian Credit Union, and 297 had been a cultural centre, I think. Both had been purchased by a Buddhist Church, who have since moved on. 295 was sold last year, for almot $4 million, and was to be converted to a medical centre.google maps shows the adjacent property was up for sale several years ago.
i wonder if Tribute purchased that one too?
I'm not sure that Grace is a part of this neighbourhood. The stretch of College defined by Spadina and Bathurst is defined mostly by Kensington Market and, while indeed changing, it is far removed from the Little Italy corridor. College and Bathurst is home to Sneaky Dees, a longtime rocker joint that attracts a sometimes seedy crowd, and is more of a relic than symbol of the future. For that, turn down Lippincott street to the new Lippincott Living building, which was very successful a year ago. Other bars and restaurants on College along this stretch cater to the university crowd and the early 20-somethings, who don't have all that much cash.This part of College is no longer so "crappy", in my opinion. Up to perhaps ten years ago it may have been so, but it's now well into transition, with several newer mid-rise buildings and good retailing, not to mention the College and Grace intersection which was declared one of the hottest nabes in North America, according to some trendoid magazine (forget who that was). Restaurants, retailing, and condo apartments ... the basic gentrifying formula. I'm sure Tribute will find success here.
These two stretches are loaded with buildings full of charactor, though some could use some TLC. Why is it so many interesting areas (and very well traveled by foot) be "ripe for redevelopment"? Keep redeveloping Liberty Village, keep that crap and barren sidewalks over there.College Street is not exactly crappy. Crappy looking, yes, especially between Bathurst and Spadina.
There is a lot of old 2-3 storey buildings ripe for redevelopment.
Spadina south of College could be an interesting strip for development as it straddles the edges of Chinatown, Little Italy, Kensington Market and U of T campus.
Yeah my post was really rushed and that was a rather stupid thing to say. I suppose I was thinking that some concerts there attract a goth or metal crowd that can be imposing to many people, plus the fact that it is always packed and lots of drunk people hang out outside of it. "Seedy" definitely is not an apt description. I like Dees too, and still hang out there. I would probably refer to myself as seedy, too!I always liked Sneaky Dees, it's a dive but it attracts all kinds of people (not exactly seedy) from college kids to hipsters to families (during the day) to the occasional yuppies.
There were two there on that block, one I remember was the Lumiere Cinema in the late 70's/early 80's, not sure of the other one's name.There is a great theatre on the north side that I think has a computer store in it - would love to see something better there. Maybe a few other infill projects, but most of the other buildings are beautiful and just need some paint or restoration.
re: 219 Bathurst:symmetrydevelop SymmetryDevelopments
Just saw Core's presentation for 15s Tribute development at the Zen Temple site on College. 8s podium with green wall, colored glass.
@urban__dreamer 8s, 36 units, no parking. Horrendous architecture. 8' ceilings.
Sounds like a total pos, just like those Carr St stucco nightmare townhouses built several years ago.SymmetryDevelopments
@urban__dreamer Some unknown developer and clueless architect. Vaughan looked disgusted by the design.