Workers begin knocking down Stollerys before heritage status decided

WATCH ABOVE: Demolition has begun on a Toronto landmark amid a fight to designate Stollerys at Yonge and Bloor as a heritage building. Mark McAllister reports.

TORONTO – It may be too late to save a Toronto landmark.

Workers began knocking down the iconic menswear store Stollerys on Sunday, although it’s up for designation as a heritage building.

The structure, sitting at Yonge St. and Bloor St. W for 114 years, was bought by Mizrahi Developments in October.

The new owner was granted a permit to demolish the structure on Friday.

It appears work started just days later, and people took notice.

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City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam pushed to have the building considered for heritage designation, a process she says would have taken at least four to five months.

At a community council meeting on January 13, a motion asking city staff to study whether or not the building should be preserved was passed.

The Toronto Star says the new owner, who bought the neighbouring 11 Bloor Street West lot, plans to build a 75-storey condo tower called “The One.”



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