I guess you're right. Given that the buyers are most likely not going to be Toronto residents anyway the fact that the site was previously operated as a service station for 50 years shouldn't matter much to them!
Obviously there are many examples of contaminated sites around the city/province that have been remediated (not saying this site is contaminated, I have no knowledge of it whatsoever) but personally I'd err on the side of caution and avoid even the possibility of contaminants. With the rainbow of choices in virtually every area of the city and every price point why chance it?
A cleverly worded retort. I do agree though Investor, the decision to put something here is definitely odd. Perhaps the land was offered as a Blue-Light special like the ones at K-mart! Buy one plot get get one 50% off!
Agreed! This thing looms over that heritage building like....well....something that looms over a heritage building I guess...
I'm at a loss for words - this thing, including the single story 'heritage awning' at the front is a sight for sore eyes. It could even be Worse than most of the junk which is currently residing on this land. What I can't understand is where does the city find these firms? Moreover, where do the firms find such second-rate attemptitechs while other cities (predominantly European I will admit) push for more innovative designs. Theres the essence of your 'Toronto Style' - crappy buildings attached to slightly older crappy buildings ...sigh
My understanding was that the majority of the single story addition at the front was being removed, the main entrance restored and that the City was excited about the restoration of the original features of the building (the three windows at the top of the south elevation and the steeple).
What's the problem with the fact that it was a gas station? The site will have to be remediated if there's contamination, and besides, it's not like people will be living in a basement apartment here with toxins leaking in from the soil - it'll likely be a mid-to-highrise.