Home to community-based non-profit organizations, an artist-run gallery and private artist residents, this mixed-use facility is a fixture in the Parkdale neighbourhood that has since its opening supported and encouraged the development of the local cultural scene, welcomed visitors to the area and provided space for countless arts-based programs and initiatives.
Pre-occupancy (development) cost: $300,000
Former site: Police station built in 1931
Affordability model: Below-market rental (commercial and residential)
Building Ownership Detail: Owned by the City of Toronto, leased to Artscape
Area (square feet): 13,000
Spaces included: Nine live/work studios, three offices, one gallery
Tenants: Gallery 1313, Kababayan Community Centre, Parkdale Business Improvement Area, Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre Community Board, private studio residences
Building accessibility: Not wheelchair accessible
Design: Joe Lobko (now DTAH)
In the basement of this building is an old vault that cannot be opened (Artscape has no clue what’s inside).