August 25, 2017
The city could add 258 commercial buildings, including this one at 1515 Bayview Ave., to its heritage register
Despite the city’s unimpressive history of preserving heritage buildings, the Toronto Preservation Board took an unprecedented step when they voted unanimously to add 258 buildings in midtown Toronto to the Toronto Heritage Register. The designation of these buildings as heritage buildings gives the city 60 days to prevent the demolition of buildings that are believed to have cultural heritage value. Without this designation, a building can be demolished within this grace period. The area Councillor, Josh Matlow, believes that, if the plan passes, it will preserve important heritage buildings in the area.
The development industry, however, is concerned about the number of buildings being designated simultaneously and feels there was a lack of industry communication and consultation.