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 city has promised to expand the so-called âmissing middleâ opportunities – duplexes and low-rise apartments with no elevator in Toronto, but three low-to-mid-rise apartments with easy access to public transportation and services remain vacant.
A historic building at 110 Maitland Street has been barricaded since the summer of 2018.
apartment building located at 110, rue Maitland, embarked since the summer of 2018 at @kristynwongtam ward why with the affordable housing crisis in toronto, the city has not acquired it? pic.twitter.com/ipSEXS27Hf
– Kevin Young (@KevinYounge) June 1, 2019
Known as Crystal Gardens, this two-story elevator-free building plus a basement built in 1929 is in the Church and Wellesley neighborhoods, according to the Architectural Conservancy of Toronto.
It was designed by architect Herbert Charles Roberts, known for the design of apartment buildings. It is not listed in the Toronto Heritage Register.
The documents indicate that the developer, Minto purchased 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.
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 city approved a heritage assessment in 2018, as low-rise multi-unit buildings are rare in the area.
â65 Kendal is one of the few examples of this type of residential built form in the neighborhood,â the document read.
But it is not currently designated on the heritage register. According to ACO Toronto, the Kendal Apartments were built in 1913 and are in danger.
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 to follow up on the status of this permit, spokeswoman Diane Morrison told blogTO.
Three years ago there was a fire at 387 Sherbourne Street. It remains vacant and barricaded, rather than repaired and relocated. https://t.co/M3rFRXYIqd pic.twitter.com/TrOJn4Rzex
– Sean Marshall (@Sean_YYZ) November 28, 2020
Changes are being proposed to the mid-rise apartment building at 387 Sherbourne Street. This south Cabbagetown building is a heritage property and was damaged by fire in 2017. Like the other two buildings, this apartment has remained vacant.
“There was a fire at 387 Sherbourne Street three years ago”, nobody wrote on twitter. âIt remains vacant and barricaded, rather than fixed and relocated people. “
A development application currently under review proposes to retain parts of the existing building, but will transform the now 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.