The province has paused the demolition of Toronto’s foundry buildings in the West Don Lands a day after activists filed a court injunction to save the historic site.
The office for the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing said it was doing so “as a good faith measure” after receiving the injunction, which was not approved.
“This morning, the Province received the decision concerning the request of the St. Lawrence Community Association seeking an interim interlocutory injunction to stay demolition and environmental remediation activities at the government-owned land at 153-185 Eastern Avenue,” the Ministry said in a release.
“Although an injunction was not ordered, as a good faith measure towards the City of Toronto, I have called Mayor John Tory to advise that the Province will temporarily pause demolition and environmental remediation, until next Wednesday, January 27th.”
Mayor Tory said he was happy that the reprieve would allow the City to be part of the conversation.
The Ministry says the provincially-owned property has been abandoned for over 40 years and “requires demolition to allow for significant environmental remediation.”
The work will also “allow for the construction of new affordable housing, market housing, and community space,” it said.
“In the meantime, we invite the City of Toronto to provide comments on the documentation that the Ministry has already provided prior to the initiation of the injunction application namely, a Heritage Impact Assessment and Cultural Heritage Documentation Report,” the Ministry added.
On Thursday activists were at the site, protesting the demolition.
The activists have the support of City councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, who wants to force the Ford government to repair the damage already done.
“The community has invested time and proposals into a holistic approach to this site, including affordable housing, performance, and community spaces. Local voices help build complete communities,” Tam said Thursday.
“I look forward to a resolution where the province pauses the demolition work so that the community and the City can have a reasonable opportunity to participate and make our views known on the project.”