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Smallest library in Toronto to be replaced

Posted by Aubrey Jax / December 17, 2013

Perth Dupont LibraryThe Perth/Dupont Library in the Junction Triangle is set for a makeover - or, better, a complete overhaul. Last night Toronto City Council voted to approve a motion that will see a 10,000 square foot library replace what is currently Toronto's tiniest (except for the Toronto Zine Library at the Tranzac, but that doesn't count). As our Mayor once said - "libraries, libraries, libraries!" - wait, that's not how it went.

In the wake of libraries being threatened across Canada, this news seems like a holiday miracle for Junction Triangle residents, who've been fighting for the branch for over two years.

The miracle (this was one of the libraries briefly slated for closure) comes via an unlikely source - namely condos, condos, condos. Property developer TAS are working on a development at 299 Campbell (at Dupont) which will host the new whopper of a book depository in their space a mere five minute walk from the library's current digs at 1589 Dupont Street. Will the new condo be called "The Book Depository," and will this make you finally shell out for a glass box in the sky? If the condos sell and the story plays out as planned, the library could be complete and open for business in just three years.

Photo by dalmond on Flickr.

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iSkyscraper / December 17, 2013 at 09:03 am
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Glad to hear. (And ps, suck it Doug/Rob).

This is exactly how condos should operate in the city -- bringing benefits to the area via the kinds of new spaces they can best house. Good outcome.

jameson / December 17, 2013 at 10:12 am
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nice to see TAS trying to build community rather than destroy it
Benjamin / December 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm
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I hope they have plans to relocate the Book Mice
Matt / December 17, 2013 at 01:20 pm
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Fantastic News!
Suicide_Boi replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / December 17, 2013 at 02:14 pm
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While I agree that this is a good outcome, we should remember that it comes at the expense of building affordable housing.

In other communities developers are required to devote a portion of their developments to affordable units.

Here they can substitute that by investing in community improvements like parks and libraries.
great work / December 17, 2013 at 02:14 pm
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I live just down the street and am glad that all the plans and meetings seem to be working.
Vicki / December 17, 2013 at 02:29 pm
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Ohh no not the smallest library!!! First the WOrlds Biggest Book Store and now the Smallest Library.
rudy / December 17, 2013 at 06:54 pm
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where do you get smallest?

by collection size, the smallest is the todmorden room http://rudy.ca/the-todmorden-room.html
Robert replying to a comment from Suicide_Boi / December 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm
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You might find Edward Glaeser's work interesting - in particular Triumph of the City. He points out how more freedom for development (typically increased density) generally helps keep real estate affordable. When you have limitations a la San Fran or Manhattan, the result is more expensive housing.
Morris kitty / December 19, 2013 at 11:53 am
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Ford couldn't sssqqquee-eeeze into it so its being replaced. Ford reads a lot of Dr. Seuss.

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