Toronto's most underappreciated building will soon be completely demolished
An iconic Toronto landmark on the northeast corner of Ossington Avenue and Dupont Street will soon be demolished to make way for a proposed mixed-use rental building.
In its later years, the four-storey industrial building became an affordable safe haven for many Toronto artists who both lived in the space and used it to showcase their clothing companies, photography, and talents.
Back in 2021, dozens of artists were evicted from the low-cost building to make way for the development.
Although the city does have a policy where residents of rental buildings demolished for redevelopment must be provided replacement units, the spaces at 888 Dupont were never zoned as residential — having been considered commercial use only instead, leaving many artists prone to displacement.
This was taken in better days (2017). I will miss it when it’s gone. pic.twitter.com/y7u8DwsLcl— Eric Vellend (@ericvellend) September 12, 2023
I have an inexplicable love for this building.— LouRead (@LouontheLeft) September 13, 2023
The project includes 155 rental apartments zoned for living and working, with 10 per cent of the units being affordable. The ground floor of the building is set to include a multi-use space for community gatherings, exhibits, and markets.
Sad to see it go, it was such an incubator of talented people looking for good live/work space, we should build more of this— @email@example.com (@lloydalter) September 12, 2023
The developer is also exploring options for creative co-working spaces, a lounge area, small-scale retail stores, and even a cafe.
Along with landscape architects at gh3*, the project also seeks to bring improvements to the local streetscape, including wider sidewalks and new open spaces along both Dupont and Ossington.
The project will also include the preservation and relocation of the well-loved chimney stack to a more prominent location along Ossington Avenue.
Demolition of 888 Dupont Street has already begun, and is expected to be completed by late fall 2023. TAS will be salvaging materials for recycling and repurposing in the new development, which will provide approximately 138,000 square feet of residential space.
The mixed-use building now has an estimated completion date of 2026.
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