Y Lofts construction about to begin – Ontario News

Y Lofts construction about to begin – Ontario News

Two additions on the historic former Peterborough YMCA may be under demolition as soon as next week, says the developer who’s converting the building into apartments.

Hans Jain, president of Toronto-based Atria Development Corp., is about to convert the former Y downtown into the Y Lofts.

He’s planning 130 upscale apartments and he says construction is about to start. He’d like to have people moving in by the fall of 2018.

But first, there’s going to be some demolition.

Jain said he won’t touch the oldest part of the building, from 1895 (which includes the turret). That’s protected by a heritage designation.

But the addition along George Street, from 1934, is going to be torn down. So is the addition along Murray Street (which used to be the main entrance of the Y).

There could be demolition crews arriving within days, Jain said.

“We’re mobilizing,” he said. “By next week, workers will be on site.”

That’s a shame, said one citizen.

Ed Smith once tried to start a Peterborough branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, but he said it failed for lack of local support.

He thinks the entire YMCA building should be saved – not just the oldest part.

“Otherwise, everything is up for compromise,” he said. “Then a developer says, ‘They are into compromise.'”

Smith, who has restored two heritage houses near downtown, uses the adage that Jane Jacobs lived by: Everything is connected to everything else.

Case in point: The Black Horse and The Pig’s Ear, two historic bars in the same area of downtown that a local developer, Parkview Homes, plans to demolish.

Jain was shocked to hear, on Wednesday, that Parkview Homes wanted to…

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