Before looking forward, I figured we’d take a look back.
Back at the plaza through my very own eyes.
What can I say? I’m nostalgic, alright?
Like I said; thanks for indulging me.
I understand that to many people, this is just another under-utilized piece of land, and there’s no reason to preserve or try to keep it. And I agree, no question about it. But just as you wanted to go for that last slice of pizza before the negibhourhood shop closed down, or whatever it was that was near and dear to you, I felt that I wanted to reminisce a little bit about this plaza before it gets bulldozed.
The amazing part about this is: although this plaza was built in 1952 and time has seemingly flown by, I wrote a blog about the potential demoltion of the plaza back in 2008. Yes, 2008. Twelve years ago! Talk about time flying by…
March 20th, 2008: “Preserve History, Or Build New Memories?”
I can’t believe it’s been twelve years since I wrote that.
I also can’t believe it’s taken twelve years for this development to get off the ground!
As I wrote in 2008, RioCan had, according to my barber, paid $18,500,000 for the plaza with plans to redevelop it.
Had you told me back in 2008 that come 2020, I’d be walking on the sidewalk taking a video of the still-existing plaza, merely boarded up, I never would have believed it.
Twelve years, and not a shovel in the ground!
Of course, I wrote that 2008 blog before the Eglinton Crosstown LRT had been announced. In the blog, I detail how the McDonalds was slated to become a high-rise condo, but the residents fought against it, and won! Okay. So instead, you get a train rolling under your feet…
As I noted in the blog, there’s a lot of redevelopment going on in Leaside right now, so on Wednesday, I’ll walk you through every project and potential site…Back To Top Back To Comments