Comment 64103

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted May 27, 2011 at 16:13:08

I sympathize with the loss of the streetwall, and I really hope that they decide to put a building back in its place - a patio just doesn't make sense. I'm thinking the patio may have been their "cover story" to get a demolition permit since perhaps they didn't have any concerete plans for a replacement building. That still doesn't rule out a replacement building in the future if the market picks up.

That said, I agree that the setup of the building was fairly dysfunctional by modern standards and likely contributed to their difficulty finding a tenant. Maybe Blanchard wans't creative enough in coming up with uses, but I find it hard to second guess a businessman who has had actual past success with past rennovations (ex. the old Bank of Montreal on Main and James, previously several nightclubs, now a law firm), even despite his negative "claim to fame" with the Canada permanent building. I'd like to think that if something cost-effective could have been done to remediate the building, besides tearing it down, it would have been considered - but maybe that's just wishful thinking on my part.

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