Posted by Aubrey Jax /BlogTO/ DECEMBER 17, 2013
The Perth/Dupont Library in the Junction Triangle is set for a makeover - or, better, a complete overhaul. Last night Toronto City Council voted to approve a motion that will see a 10,000 square foot library replace what is currently Toronto's tiniest (except for the Toronto Zine Library at the Tranzac, but that doesn't count). As our Mayor once said - "libraries, libraries, libraries!" - wait, that's not how it went.
In the wake of libraries being threatened across Canada, this news seems like a holiday miracle for Junction Triangle residents, who've been fighting for the branch for over two years.
The miracle (this was one of the libraries briefly slated for closure) comes via an unlikely source - namely condos, condos, condos. Property developer TAS are working on a development at 299 Campbell (at Dupont) which will host the new whopper of a book depository in their space a mere five minute walk from the library's current digs at 1589 Dupont Street. Will the new condo be called "The Book Depository," and will this make you finally shell out for a glass box in the sky? If the condos sell and the story plays out as planned, the library could be complete and open for business in just three years.
Photo by dalmond on Flickr.