For decades — it seems like centuries — passersby have seen the dark brick façade of this building on the north side of Carling between the federal government office complex and the residential neighborhood that runs up to Bronson Avenue:
Here’s a closer view (Look! pedestrians!!):
The building hasn’t been used for some years, but the NCC took good care of the front yard (facing Carling) planting tulips and there was a green thicket of shrubs. While it the construction fence is a good indicator of impending demolition, the view from the street is largely unchanged.
However, the view from the back is something else. This is now a Potemkin façade. There is no back back there. If you gently reach forward to part the twigs in the foreground of the picture below you can get a good look at the back of the building already demolished:
The demolition equipment is just visible to the right side of the picture.
What will become of the site? The NCC isn’t saying. But the City, in its all-knowing wisdom, is putting a curse on it by requiring any future development to give up, free of charge, a portion of the frontage for the future widening of Carling Avenue. It escapes me why Carling needs to be widened; and why we need to keep widening roads with free (ie extorted) land as yet another subsidy to the rush-hour motorist.