Richards (the 231 unit condo project) replaced Richards on Richards (the club) and Madame Cleo’s (the ‘massage parlour’) with another Downtown South tower – and a shorter one because of the viewcone over the site. The houses were saved by lining them up on Helmcken Street. (Very) long time resident Linda Rupa held out for several years until the offer on the house she paid $16,000 for was $6m. As it sat in the middle of the assembly, without the house there was no development site.
before image 2003: after image 2012
Sterling Place is in the Mount Pleasant industrial area, just off West Broadway and overlooking Jonathon Rogers Park. It’s located in an area where for many years there were homes – there are still several cluster of houses dating back a century or more nearby. On the east-west Avenues they’re slowly disappearing, being replaced by new industrial and commercial uses. Here’s an example where a small cottage has been replaced with a 5-storey industrial and office building, now being fitted out as a Production Studio by one of the city’s new media and entertainment companies.
before image 2009; after image 2011