Is something missing? It’s half a house.

Posted on July 18, 2014 in Blog

Half a house at 54 1/2 St. Patrick Street, Toronto

Half a house at 54 1/2 St. Patrick Street, Toronto

This half house is the result of a true David and Goliath battle which pitted a lone homeowner against a corporate developer. In the 1970s before the Village by the Grange condos were built the developer bought numerous residential properties but ran up against one stubborn hold-out. A paper battle raged until finally the other half of the duplex home was sold and demolished and the result was the half a house that stands at 54 1/2 St. Patrick Street.
Shockingly, this half-house scenario is perfectly legal according to city hall. One half of a duplex can be torn down provided the remaining dwelling is sealed against the elements and structurally sound.

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