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September 15, 2010
City begins demolition of germination and kiln buildings while protecting silos at Canada Malting complex
The City of Toronto has started demolition of the germination and kiln buildings in the Canada Malting complex in Toronto’s western waterfront. In December 2009, City Council approved a two-phased plan to develop the iconic Canada Malting complex and preserve its most important heritage components as part of the waterfront’s revitalization.

Earlier this year, the City began phase one of its approach with the removal of a marine leg, which was once used to transport malt, to enhance access to Ireland Park. Later this year, the City will continue redevelopment with the restoration of the site’s dock wall to enable construction of a continuous walkway along the water’s edge. In phase two, the City will develop a master plan to sell a portion of the site to private developers to fund parkland improvements and stabilize the 1929 and 1944 silos that have become an iconic part of Toronto’s evolving waterfront.

"This is another of the innovative ways we are preserving our history and providing a legacy for future generations, while making the most of this prominent part of Toronto’s landscape and real estate," said Mayor David Miller. "Our waterfront is our most precious natural resource but it also needs to be a place for people and I'm proud of the steps we are taking to make sure that happens."

The Canada Malting complex was built by the Canada Malting Company in 1928, to supply the growing Ontario barley market. At the time of their construction, the silos were considered a new innovation. The facility has deteriorated since it was vacated in 1987, requiring additional funding for stabilization. The Canada Malting complex was listed in the City's Inventory of Heritage Buildings in 1973 due to its architectural and contextual significance. The 1929 and 1944 silos were designated by the City of Toronto under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act on February 1, 2010.

Future plans for its redevelopment will be considered by the newly elected Toronto City Council.

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