Development Proposal Will Save ‘Hooker Harvey’s’ from Destruction

It's a beautiful thing

A proposal for a 10-storey building on Gerrard Street will eliminate a number of existing structures between Mutual and Jarvis Street. There are a number of existing heritage buildings that are proposed to be shifted and integrated as part of the site, but the Toronto landmark “Hooker Harvey’s” seems to be in the clear.

Located at the corner of Jarvis and Gerrard, the Harvey’s burger joint, better known as “Hooker Harvey’s” by locals and Ryerson students is a hotspot for what the Toronto Star called “Toronto‚Äôs unofficial red-light district” of sex workers.

(Photo by Bousfields)

The plan is to cast the building as an “irregular shape,” with a total area of approximately 3,388.9, that wraps around the establishment. The site also contains an Active Green and Ross Tire & Automotive Centre and shawarma restaurant which will be torn down for the 25-storey building.

On site, three designated heritage buildings and two listed heritage buildings currently sit and which will be retained within the design or relocated.
 

Image courtesy Button Machine via Instagram