Comment 46993

By F. Ward Cleat (anonymous) | Posted September 01, 2010 at 12:58:20

About a week ago I toured the Longwood Road/ Aberdeen area. I also studied the satellite view. The thing that struck me is the amount of open and underused industrial space that has a direct connection to the MIP lands.
I think most of us are aware of the 38 acres McMaster owns on both sides of Longwood Rd.. As well as the 15 acre parcel south of Chatham St., east of the new canmet building that the city owns. The multi-storied old industrial buildings fronting on Aberdeen (east side of Longwood) are privately owned and to my knowledge were being used for steel warehousing. Trucking access for these buildings was originally from the north side of the atrium building beside the proposed hotel site. Access has been cut off by construction at the canmet building, but I'm not sure if the buildings are still in use.
We know the city has a plan to extend Frid St. in an arc south of Chatham St. to meet Longwood. A short trip along Frid I spotted at least a half-dozen for lease signs and what appears to be another closed steel plant at Chatham and Frid directly behind the MIP buildings. There's also the old textile factory at Chatham and Dundurn thats been passed from one owner to another for years. A handsome brick structure that was supposed to be condo conversions but might be better used as R&D commercial space.
Finally the large tract of land south of Aberdeen and Longwood, probably owned by CP. Steelcare has a large warehouse fronting the CP rail lines but west of the warehouse sits 10's of acres of open space.
My point being that the possibilities in this area seem endless. Just at face value they're complicated but, 'Rome wasn't built in a day.'

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