650 Parliament: Update March 15, 2019

Updated March 15, 2019

Repairs and construction work are ongoing. I have asked a series of questions of the landlord on your behalf. I have included their responses in this update.

From 650 Parliament Inc. management:

The following update was provided by the landlord to 650 Parliament Tenants on March 8, 2019.

I asked if there was any further update for today, and were told there was not further communication from the landlord to 650 Parliament tenants at this time.

Resident Update

Reconstruction efforts at 650 Parliament continue, with work being done to the building’s main systems, common areas and corridors.  Significant repairs are required throughout the building to address the damage to the building from the fire.

So far, more than $20 million has been spent on the building’s repair, with conservative estimates suggesting another $25- $30 million may still be required.

Expenses in excess of $10 million for tenants’ assistance have been incurred since the fire.

And construction and assistance costs related to the fire continue to grow.

Despite these significant costs, as of now, there are no changes to announce to the current Assistance program for residents.

Finally, as we move through the process of the building’s repair, our understanding of the work that is required and the timelines to get it done become clearer.  Please understand that the situation remains fluid, and our understanding of the impact of the damage and the scope of the work necessary can, and has, continued to evolve.

This makes determining a firm re-occupancy date- far in advance- impossible.

However, we understand your desire to “know”, so, while we previously advised tenants that we didn’t expect re-occupancy to be possible before June,  it is now clear, that the building will not be habitable by that date, and that we don’t anticipate that it will be ready any time before the end of August.


From Toronto Fire Services:

No update to provide.


From Toronto Building:

Work is progressing, we are waiting for the current progress report from the engineer


Next update: April 1, 2019.

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