The Destructor: Inside Downtown Toronto’s new cultural hub

By Alex Bozikovic

“Earlier this month, development company TAS won the right to a long-term lease on the building, near King and Bathurst, and its two-acre site. They’ve hired a first-rate team, including design architects SvN, heritage architects ERA and landscape architects PUBLIC WORK.

This deal (subject to city council approval) is unusual: it’s essentially a joint venture between the city and the developer to renovate the place, then run it with a mix of public and private functions.

Why? The building is surrounded on three sides by a former abbatoir at 2 Tecumseth St., which is now being redeveloped by TAS into a mix of office, retail and housing, including what Mr. Cressy called a “substantial” portion of non-market housing, and very few cars. Thousands of people will join the neighbourhood and travel mostly by bike, on foot or by transit.”

Source: The Globe and Mail