Redeveloping those shops as one superblock is not too good of an idea. Really, some of those buildings might actually look decent cleaned up.
Today 'they' are demolishing the house/store just west of the firstdemo. Not sure if they are going to keep going to the corner of Mutual.
They may not have historical designation but they add charactor to the fabric of the neighbourhood. We all know very well how so many condo retail areas are street killers, so keep some charactor and affordable rentals for good retail in a neighbourhood and keep the patch-work of buildings diverse.