Historic downtown Toronto post office could be turned into a condo

An approximately 11,345 square-food building in Toronto’s in-demand Queen West neighbourhood — 1117 Queen St. W to be exact — is set to likely sell for a pretty penny.

Surprisingly, all of that cash will go to the Canada Post Corporation given the building is the Crown Corporation’s history ‘Postal Station C,’ which closed last year. 

“This prime location is surrounded by urban parks and is centrally located in the vibrant Queen West retail node and one of Toronto’s most sought-after neighbourhoods,” reads the listing by Colliers International

Other listing details include that the property features 108 feet of frontage along Queen Street West and the fact that the structure was built in 1902 by Canadian architect Samuel George Curry. While the building was added to Toronto’s heritage register roughly 50 years ago, it hasn’t been added to the city’s Ontario Heritage Act yet. 

This means that, at least in theory, it could relatively easily be turned into a bunch of condos, similar to other historic buildings in the area. What’s almost amusing about the listing is that it’s likely poised to be so pricey that Colliers International hasn’t even included its cost. 

Unsurprisingly, residents in the area aren’t looking forward to Postal Station C’s eventual transformation into a bunch of condos.

Back when the post office first closed, Davenport MP Julie Dzerowicz wrote a letter stating that Canada Post had “classified that facility as surplus and scheduled it for sale in the near future” and emphasized that, unfortunately, she couldn’t do much to determine what the building would become. 

“I know how important this building is to the community and that the community has been articulate in asking for it to be transformed into an Arts and Culture space. I am reaching out to some local leaders to discuss how we can start mobilizing in order to explore next steps and possible options available moving forward,” wrote Dzerowicz in the letter.”

At least as it stands right now, it seems like her efforts were futile and the historic building is destined to be turned into condos.

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