‘It’d be a real shame for Toronto to lose this landmark,’ current tenant says
But when he’s not at work, he lives in a green cube on Sumach Avenue — complete with an office space, one-and-a-half bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.
“Everybody should live in cubes,” Trainor said. “This is a great way to live. It’s fun, it’s functional, there’s a lot of stairs — but it’s good for your exercise.”
“This land, which was once considered marginal when the original developer put the cubes up, is now considered very valuable if you look at what’s happening in this neighbourhood,” Trainor said.
That area is home to the Pan Am Games athletes village, which is now a mixed-use community with retail condominiums and George Brown College’s first student residence.
“I’m afraid it’s going to go the way of Captain John’s boat and Honest Ed’s or the Sam the Record Man sign, unless this was preserved and saved — or at least targeted to go somewhere else,” Trainor said. “I think it’d be a real shame for Toronto to lose this landmark.”