Comment 64529

By -Hammer- (registered) | Posted June 03, 2011 at 11:56:57

Well, I know this is going to get downvoted fast, but look at this as an opportunity. Right now, I agree the location looks like a missing tooth and looks silly, but if you took down the buildings in this section, all the way to Scotiabank, you have a reasonably sized parcel of land in a prime location to accommodate a much larger, more functional and more attractive development.

I know, yes the buildings have history, and yes they have some nice architectural features, but the incredibly narrow design of these buildings and massive Windows in my opinion reduces the potential functionality of the floors above, either as lofts or office space. Lets also be honest, these buildings have a much smaller scope and are far less iconic then say the Pigott Building or the Lister Block. Also look at the opposite side of the building, I wouldn't say the rusted fire escapes, decaying black stained brickwork and cramped parking lot is appealing to the eye.

You have the potential here though to immediate build another similar style building and correct a lot of flaws. Another right house style building with patio bars and cafes right by Gore Park with office/lofts above the businesses. It also leaves options to further cut into and remove yet another unsightly and needless parking lot behind the building itself, and revitalize a section of Main St. It is a tragedy that the building is gone, but now that it is I wouldn't mind seeing something brand new going up there, which would work well with a restructured Gore Park.

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