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Built Heritage Resources & Cultural Heritage Landscapes - Corktown Station

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Key Findings

  • The following 14 built heritage resources/cultural heritage landscapes (BHRs/CHLs) have been identified within the study area:
    • Distillery District National Historic Site and Heritage Conservation District (HCD), under study*;
    • 265 and 271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street (First Parliament Site);
    • St. Lawrence Neighbourhood HCD, under appeal**;
    • 2 Berkeley Street and 248, 250, 252, 254, 256, 258, 260, 262, and 264 The Esplanade;
    • 26 Berkeley Street;
    • 227 Front Street East (formerly 223 and 251 Front Street East);
    • 54 Berkeley Street, 359, 361 King Street East;
    • 302-306 King Street East;
    • 53-79 Berkeley Street, 535 Adelaide Street East;
    • 56 Berkeley Street, 298, 300 King Street East;
    • 91-93 Parliament Street, 330-334 King Street East;
    • 51-63 Parliament Street, 296 Front Street East;
    • 18 Trinity Street; and
    • Parliament Square Park (Ontario Heritage Trust plaque).

Corktown Station Early Works Cultural Heritage Study Area

Corktown Station Early Works Cultural Heritage Study Area

  • The following BHRs/CHLs are considered known or potential Provincial Heritage Properties of Provincial Significance:
    • Distillery District National Historic Site, which includes 18 Trinity Street, and the First Parliament Site at 265 and 271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street.
  • The following BHRs/CHLs are considered to have direct adverse effects from Corktown Station early works:
    • St. Lawrence Neighbourhood HCD and the First Parliament Site at 265 and 271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street.
  • No direct or indirect effects are anticipated for the other BHRs/CHLs.

*HCD Study is complete but the HCD Plan is not yet available online and the HCD has not yet been designated Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
**Designated Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act by City Council, some policies are currently underappeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal [LPAT].

Potential Effects & Mitigation Measures

Potential Effects:

  • Demolition of the contemporary buildings within the First Parliament Site at 265 and 271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street, designated under Parts IV and V of the Ontario Heritage Act, to enable environmental due diligence studies, including archaeological assessment.
  • Demolition of non-contributing buildings (buildings within the District that do not contribute to its cultural heritage value) within the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood HCD, causing physical impact to the District.

Mitigation Measures:

  • For 265 and 271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street, implement the following:
    • As planning progresses, consult with City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services regarding any physical impact to the property in order to determine and obtain any required approvals or permits.
    • As planning progresses, consult with Ontario Heritage Trust as current owners of part of the property and if required, obtain approval/consent.
    • Complete archaeological requirements where required, as early as possible and in advance of any ground disturbance.
  • Metrolinx has sought consent of the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for the First Parliament Site, and consent has been granted by the Minister. Metrolinx is committed to fulfilling all conditions outlined through the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries’ Consent for First Parliament Site.
  • For the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood HCD, consult with City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services as part of early works, prior to demolition of the buildings, regarding physical impact to the HCD in order to determine and obtain any approval or permits that may be required.

271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street

First Parliament Site at 265 and 271 Front Street East and 25 Berkeley Street: Site of where Upper Canada’s First and Second Parliament Buildings once stood, from 1797 until burned in the War of 1812, and again in 1824. The heritage attributes of the site include archaeological resources associated with the First and Second Parliament Buildings, the Home District Gaol located on the site from 1837-1840 and the Consumer’s Gas Company who occupied the site from the late 19th century to the 1950’s. Currently, the properties consist of an automobile dealership, a car wash, a vehicle rental agency and a municipal parking lot.
Source: AECOM, 2021.

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