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Former World’s Biggest Bookstore site to become 30-storey condo

(Lifetime Developments/architectsAlliance)

(Lifetime Developments/architectsAlliance)

If all goes according to (a new) plan, the former site of Toronto’s World’s Biggest Bookstore will become home to a 30-storey condo.

Back in 2014 when the store closed, Q&Q reported plans for the 5,945-square-metre downtown site’s transformation into a restaurant row, to be constructed in time for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (the original marketing plan is still online). According to blogTO, that plan was ditched for Lifetime Developments’s proposal for a 35-storey tower, which was not approved due to the fact that it impeded helicopter flight routes to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. The latest 30-storey iteration also includes 9,000 square metres of retail space.

Lifetime Developments has the okay from city staff, but is waiting for final approval from city council.