Perhaps this is just part of an assembly, however, it hasn't been handled with much stealth if we all know who bought it.
google maps shows the adjacent property was up for sale several years ago.
i wonder if Tribute purchased that one too?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
@urban__dreamer Some unknown developer and clueless architect. Vaughan looked disgusted by the design.