The corner of Dundas Street West and Indian Grove used to host McBride Cycle, a 21,000 square-foot motorcycle retailer with some ninety-seven years of history behind it. As of last September, however, the store is no more, a death caused in large part by motorcycling companies cancelling agreements with dealerships like McBride’s around the country. Beginning in the spring, the building was slowly demolished, and now there is little more at the corner than a bed of rubble, some metal poles, a big garbage bin, and a single line of fence running parallel with Dundas West.
Gord Perks, the ward’s councillor, wrote on his blog this past February that the building’s demolition was bad news, but that development was on its way and that “at this early stage the proponents [the new owner and his architect Robert Chang] are proposing a mid-size, 74 unit condominium building with commercial at grade.”
Of course, unanimity is not exactly a common thing when it comes to urban development, and now someone has added to the fence a suggestion that a park be put in instead—placed neatly beside a Royal LePage “Sold” sign and its accompanying scotch-taped building permits. Who can resist the homemade sign’s green paint? Its exclamation-pointed-heart? Its miniature arrow drawing extra attention to “Park”? While the sign’s objective may be a lost cause, at least its…well, heart is in the right place.
UPDATE (August 15): Sometime over the past week, the sign has been removed (though not too effectively; two cardboards stumps remain where it was hanging before):
Photos by David Topping.