September 8, 2017
City Centre Mirror
The demolition of a 110-year-old Bank of Montreal branch at 2444 Yonge Street earlier this year may not have happened under the City of Toronto’s recent decision to list 258 midtown buildings on the heritage registry. – Lytton Park Residents’ Organization/Photo
The City of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Management Committee decided on September 7, 2017 to officially add 258 buildings to the Toronto Heritage Registry. The decision means that these buildings will have a grace period within which an in-depth review can be conducted prior to demolition to determine whether the building should be preserved for their heritage value. The scale of this heritage designation is unprecedented, with so many buildings added at once, and comes in the aftermath of a 110 year old Bank of Montreal which was quickly demolished last year.
Councillor Matlow has said he believes protecting the character of the neighbourhood is an important aspect of growth and development, while developers have critiqued the decision for being too “broad-brush” stating that a mass listing was unnecessary.