Taylor’s Shoes and its magnificent storefront has been an icon in the Junction for over 40 years.
The new owners of 2934 Dundas Street West are undergoing a preliminary project review, Application #10 119908 BLD 00 BA. They wish to extend the front entrance, add a new elevator and roof top garden with patio. The work includes “interior demolition of partitions and finishes to main floor and second floor office & change of use from retail to City community office”.
This project sounds great and I’m glad to see people opening new business and investing in the Junction but is this entrance worthy of preservation? Extending the entrance will add square footage but do we lose another symbol of Junction History?
Personally I would like to see the entrance preserved but without a retail application what does a “City community office” do with the street side displace?
Please comment and let me know your view on preservation and non retail applications for this space.