These historic mid- and low-rise Toronto apartment buildings have been vacant for years


Three apartment buildings in Toronto have been left vacant for years due to a housing crisis.

During the lockdown, rental prices have come down in the city, but recently that has reversed and Toronto is returning to the bidding war for units.

The the city made promises to expand the possibilities, the so-called ‘missing center’ – duplexes and low-rise apartments with no elevators make up housing in Toronto, but three low-to-mid-rise apartments with easy access to public transport and services remain vacant.

A historic building at 110 Maitland Street was on board since summer 2018.

“Why with the affordable housing crisis in Toronto, the city has not acquired it? ” demand a person on Twitter.

Known as Crystal Gardens, this two-story elevator-free building plus a basement built in 1929 is located in the Church and Wellesley neighborhood, according to the Architectural Conservancy of Toronto.

It was designed by architect Herbert Charles Roberts who was known for the design of apartment buildings. He is not listed in the Toronto Heritage Register.

The documents indicate developer, Minto bought the building. Minto did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There are currently no development or building permit applications filed for the property, the City of Toronto confirms. So it seems likely that it will sit vacant for some time, unless the pending vacant housing tax in Toronto prompts the landlord to act.

The Kendal Apartments at 63 – 65 Kendal Avenue have been vacant for years.

In the annex, the Kendal Apartments at 63 – 65 Kendal Avenue have been vacant for years, according to a Toronto Star article. People received eviction notices for renovations in 2013, but nothing happened in the dilapidated building.

The approved city a heritage assessment in 2018 because low-rise multiple-unit buildings are rare in the area.

“65 Kendal is one of the rare examples of this type of residential building in the district”, the document reads.

But it is not currently designated on the Heritage register. According to ACO Toronto, the Kendal Apartments were built in 1913 and are under threat.

The city confirms that there is an active building permit for 63 Kendal Avenue, described as a “proposal for interior modifications to all floors and units” of the three-story apartment building. City staff are in the process of contacting the owner of the property to monitor the status of this permit, spokeswoman Diane Morrison told blogTO.

Changes are being proposed to the mid-rise apartment building at 387 Sherbourne Street. This building of South Cabbagetown is a heritage property and was damaged by fire in 2017. Like the other two buildings, this apartment remained vacant.

“There was a fire at 387 Sherbourne Street three years ago”, nobody wrote on twitter. “It remains vacant and barricaded, rather than fixed and relocated people. “

387 Sherbourne Street

A proposal for 387 Sherbourne Street would add a 45-story building using parts of the current building at the base.

A development application under review proposes to keep parts of the existing building, but will transform the existing four-story building into a 45-story residential tower.

The plan includes 32 replacement rental units for those lost in the development. The tower would be a mix of condos and rental units.

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