Originally Posted by Doggard
I've worked on this corner for two years now and I must say that I don't find anything terribly appealing about the building that's currently standing there. I'm sure if it was in good repair it would nice, but as it stands, meh. The odd thing is that I know some people that live in the building that are going to be sad to see it go, despite their constant complaints about the hot water not working, the power going out, it being a firetrap, the uneven floors, etc... In any case, if this new development gets off the ground it will fit in nicely with the new NSP headquarters.
I'm going to miss it a lot! I have a big apartment for just $775, a cast iron tub for my wife (she loves baths) and I can walk to work and come home at lunch. That's not easily replaceable, especially in this neighbourhood. Even though it's rough on the outside, my own apartment was redone in the more recent past and is quite nice. Not top end by any means, but surprisingly great given the exterior. The place has its quirks, but your source has greatly exaggerated them. My power has never ever gone out and the water is always hot except on Sunday when everyone runs the washers all day long. The building was even heated well in the winter, which is where I figured things would fail when I first moved in. I can't speak to it as a fire trap, but I will concede that my bathroom floor has a good slant to it
Anyway, it looks like my neighbours and I will be out soon. Paramount isn't continuing any leases beyond Sept 30 so I guess it's time to start the apartment hunt. A demolition permit was issued ages ago so I'll bet this one will be knocked down this Fall with new construction to start in 2010.