A Commitment to Toronto's architectural heritage
Led by Michael Cruickshank and Robert Eisenberg, York Heritage Properties is very much a refection of its principals' long-time enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the preservation of Toronto's rich architectural heritage. Mr. Cruickshank is also a co-founder of Business Improvement Areas in both the St. Lawrence and Liberty Village neighbourhoods.
Similarly, Mr. Eisenberg is a co-founding member of the St. Lawrence and Liberty Village BIA's and has spoken at many events over the years on the importance and benefit of preserving older buildings. In recognition of their firm's work, York Heritage Properties received a 1988 Award of Merit from the Toronto Historical Board for its restoration of 67 Front St. E. and a commendation in 1996 for routinely investing in commercial heritage properties and actively supporting the cause of preservation. In addition, the firm has received a Business Recognition Award from the City of Toronto. And in 2003, its most recently completed project, the Toronto Carpet Factory, was awarded a Certificate of Building Excellence in the Historical Building category from the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Greater Toronto.
Toronto Carpet Factory a positive catalyst
Currently home to a wide and impressive variety of established high-tech firms, young start-up companies and dynamic design practices, the Toronto Carpet Factory is only the latest example of the kind of positive catalyst that a York Heritage renovation can be and has been for the cause of heritage in Toronto. From its prominent position on the northern perimeter of the previously moribund Liberty Village neighbourhood, the restored and renovated Toronto Carpet Factory has become an icon for the entire district and a stimulus for the renovation of other older industrial buildings, several of which were slated for demolition in the area.
Evolution of St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood
Across town in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, York Heritage's many restoration and renovation projects in that part of the city have played a similarly positive role in its evolution over the last several years. During the past decade, St. Lawrence has become one of the most dynamic and desirable areas of the city, attracting scores of new residents and businesses through its proximity to the downtown core, famous market, mixed-income dwellings and, not least, blocks of Georgian and other heritage buildings.
Before the neighbourhood became fashionable, however, York Heritage Properties was on the scene, restoring and renovating a significant collection of its buildings. In both St. Lawrence and Liberty Village, York Heritage Properties is demonstrating by example that it is not only socially responsible but also economically profitable to restore older buildings. Indeed, it has made a philosophy of the practice, much to the benefit of the neighbourhoods in which York Heritage operates.