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Guvernment complex officially set to become condos

Posted by Derek Flack / May 9, 2014

Guvernment Condos DanielsWhen The Guvernment / Kool Haus complex closes in January 2015, work will begin to turn the site into a mixed use development featuring condos and some commercial properties. It's hardly surprising given the area. The eastern waterfront is currently a haven for projects both in development and under construction, and it was pretty much inevitable that the nightclub would eventually go this way over time. Although INK Entertainment owner Charles Khabouth told the Star he tried to buy the building with his partners, he was unable to reach a deal. Yesterday, Daniels Corporation confirmed that it bought the site at Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis.

While the developer has yet to say much about its plans, the company's previous projects bode well for an area that requires a healthy mix of residential and commercial development. Daniels' work on revitalizing Regent Park is of particular note here, as development along the waterfront should conform to the master plan put together by Waterfront Toronto. The company also built the TIFF Lightbox, which features a successful integration of commercial and condo development.

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Jon / May 9, 2014 at 10:08 am
Just what the city needs, shutter more night life in favour of even more condos.
tory / May 9, 2014 at 10:19 am
What where am I going to go to EDM events?
Victoria Park replying to a comment from Curses Foiled Again / May 9, 2014 at 10:24 am
Your right Curses...let's not forget the Rob Ford jokes/insults too.
Ash / May 9, 2014 at 10:26 am
steve replying to a comment from Jon / May 9, 2014 at 10:27 am
Does become a problem when you know of only one club. The rest of the city must be a mystery to you.
Aaron / May 9, 2014 at 10:31 am
Who would have thunk that, eh?
h / May 9, 2014 at 10:42 am
Good thing i saw Boxcar Racer there in 2004 just before they became huge...oh wait.
905er / May 9, 2014 at 10:56 am
but where will me and my woodbridge buddies go to party and drive home drunk from, guy?
KevinN / May 9, 2014 at 11:07 am
So many good memories there.
Questionable / May 9, 2014 at 11:17 am
Great that place is a dump with terrible sound. Places for people to live = better than another 905 DUI spot.
julie / May 9, 2014 at 11:56 am
Oh now I get the whining about Redpath.
whon whon replying to a comment from julie / May 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm
Redpath was there first.
RexR replying to a comment from whon whon / May 9, 2014 at 01:43 pm
Agree. Just a matter of time before the condo buyers come in and start whining about the icky industrial buildings nearby (aka places where real people work real jobs. Not everyone in this city is a social media strategist or a barista.) Look at what's going on in the Junction. It won't matter who was there first, people have very short memories when they smell an increase in their property values.
DL / May 9, 2014 at 02:28 pm
It always did seem like a strange place to run a government from. I know politics is nauseating, but there was always vomit on the sidewalk outside the place...
Dipset replying to a comment from Questionable / May 9, 2014 at 02:34 pm
What are you even talking about? Guvernment has won a few awards for best in North America a few years back. The music has gone down hill, yes tho. Industry and Circa were the best large clubs toronto has seen. But can't say I never had great times at guv.
Gee / May 9, 2014 at 03:54 pm
Artscape is going to have a community hub for supporting artists and education in the base of this new project. There should be some interesting gallery and co-working spaces as well as studios and offices for assisting artists to become entrepreneurs located in the podium of the building.
linden replying to a comment from RexR / May 9, 2014 at 04:27 pm
ok, so before the potential residents move to the future condo and start complaining about the sugar factory, developers and the city was in complete dark about the issue and and had no clue people may have problem with this; but yes, blame it on the people it is completely there fault
W. K. Lis / May 9, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Buy a condo and be visited by ghosts of dance past.
a guy replying to a comment from Questionable / May 9, 2014 at 09:03 pm
Are you kidding me? Guv has by far the best sound system in the city. It's not even close.
stopitman / May 9, 2014 at 09:11 pm
Get over it people - people need to live somewhere and the GTA has begun to hit the limits of the Greenbelt. It's way better to infill near the downtown on contaminated fill than it is to wipe out the low density streetcar suburbs that are the bastion of rampant NIMBY-ism in this city.

@linden - the Redpath sugar factory is actually a pretty good industrial neighbour (I live on Yonge). They keep their area fairly neat, they sponsor nearby events on the waterfront, and the only smell is sugar that smells like brown sugar. They've also made it known they're not going anywhere in the future. I know morons will complain about it, but Redpath is a neat fit into the residential/commercial neighbourhood that's beginning to grow. It's also something you basically only see in Hamilton - the mix of homes, commerce, and industry and it gives an old school and authentic feel to the city.
BillyO / May 11, 2014 at 07:41 am
As people lament the loss of another larger club/venue for condos, if they actually took the time to read the interview with Charles Khabouth they'd know that he is opening a club bigger than Guverment downtown
Waterfront Codos / March 5, 2015 at 02:40 pm
Well what is the big deal? You lose a big club and gain some cool condos by the waterfront? So the few club goers may get mad? Bah.
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