dominion foundry toronto

Historic buildings torn down by Doug Ford will now be home to a parking lot

Just two years after tons of public backlash and community engagement halted demolition work, the future of a group of heritage industrial buildings in Toronto doesn't look too promising.

Not much is still known about The Dominion Foundry Site's sale and future development, but a post by The Friends of the Foundry Twitter page reveals that the site might be utilized as a parking lot for the foreseeable future. 

According to the tweet, a parking provider is now offering two-year leases on parking spaces on the Foundry site. 

In October 2020, the provincial government issued a Minister's Zoning Order (MZO) for the property, which would permit three residential towers to be built on the historic site. 

Several community groups felt blindsided by the project's lack of public consultation, and expressed concern for the potential loss of the heritage site. 

In January 2021, the province went ahead with its planned demolition of the four historic buildings, but paused a few days later due to widespread criticism from local residents and community groups, who challenged the demolition in court. 

A court injunction was granted, causing the City of Toronto, the provincial government, and advocacy groups to go back to the drawing table. 

Instead of a full demolition, the new plan would retain parts of the heritage site, while other areas deemed less valuable would be demolished. 

However, two years following the controversy, some critics are puzzled as to why the province rushed to demolish the buildings only to leave the site idle. 

"We have new construction housing being built, but two years after the rapid and illegal demolition of the Foundry buildings, which the government began, they still haven't built anything despite the fact that they were rushing to build, rushing to demolish," NDP MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam told CityNews

"They haven't produced a single unit of housing down in the West Don Lands." 

Lead photo by

blogTO


Latest Videos



Latest Videos


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Real Estate

This Victorian Gothic estate in Ontario is an iconic gem for $5 million

Here's what you actually need to make in a year to afford a home in Toronto right now

This newly renovated Toronto duplex is shockingly only $800,000

Shocking amount of Toronto renters are spending more than half their income on rent

This $12 million house in Vaughan is Muskoka in the front and Miami in the back

Construction of Toronto's mountain range-shaped condo about to reach its peak

Ontario landlord slammed for trying to rent out 'closet' for $800 per month

This wave-inspired condo complex is unlike anything else under construction in Toronto