Not every old building necessarily has historical merit. These buildings have no merit, or have been butchered long time ago. I wouldn't mind at all if these get demolished for Phase II or for a future development. The old low-rise buildings along Dundas East in general are in horrible condition, it might be for the greater good of the area to just have mass replacement redevelopments.Redeveloping those shops as one superblock is not too good of an idea. Really, some of those buildings might actually look decent cleaned up.
I'm pretty sure I saw recently that the building at the corner was just leased and a new cafe is moving in. Mounties doesn't appaer to be leaving either.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.
If "character" means outright ugly and cheap looking, then those buildings really help. Old buildings don't necessarily mean charm and characters, and in this case, it is particularly true.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.