Growing little by little since the 1940’s, Honest Ed’s has evolved into a Toronto landmark and Mirvish Village into a unique enclave for arts, culture, food and entertainment. The history of this animated and eclectic community will inspire the design of public art and shared spaces in the new Mirvish Village. We are committed to shaping blocks even more lively and inclusive than the current combination of Honest Ed’s and Markham Street.
At the time of the original rezoning submission, none of the buildings on site were listed or designated. After the submission of the application, 35 properties in the Bloor-Bathurst area, 27 of which are on the project site, were approved by City Council to be listed on the heritage register. In response to changes to the heritage context, and comments received by City Staff and the community, a number of additional heritage buildings are to be retained.
The original proposal retained 15 of the 27 buildings on site that were listed subsequent to the filing of the application. Changes to the design has increased the number of retained buildings to 21, including buildings at the corner of Bathurst and Lennox as well as at the corner of Bloor and Markham. Changes to the design will enhance the transition to residential neighbourhoods, frame the entry into Markham from Bloor, and define the corner of Bathurst and Lennox.