TORONTO IS INTERESTED IN BUYING THE HEARN GENERATING STATION FROM A PRIVATE DEVELOPER

The Hearn power station is a big hunk of real estate – a landmark building – near the waterfront. Since de-accession it’s not been sitting idly by, having been used by Studios of America, the present owner, as a film location since March/2002. The Luminato Festival had a successful run in the Hearn, and it’s also been an occasional concert venue.

City councillor PAULA FLETCHER sees value in the Hearn site as a park, and believes the building itself could be saved and adapted for public use along with movie-making.

“It’s one of the most important buildings on the TORONTO waterfront,” she said in an interview, after putting forward a motion to “initiate negotiations on an expedited basis.”

Mayor JOHN TORY agreed, seconding the motion. The idea was passed by city council 20-2. In 2017 Ms. Fletcher worked hard to save TORONTO Island’s rare antique carousel, and she succeeded.

Maybe Paula can land the Hearn.

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