Is debris from a renovation project causing water damage to its next-door neighbour, the Gerrard Ashdale public library?
It depends on who you ask.
We went there and talked to a library staffer, who confirmed that water has been seeping into the foundation along the back wall of the library, and that she thinks it is partly caused by the big pile of rubble.
When the upper floors were gutted last fall, she said, workers tossed a huge amount of debris into the narrow space between the buildings, causing the library to shake when it hit the ground.
STATUS: We don’t often get complaints about damage to a public facility caused by a private development; the city is usually pretty good at taking care of itself. But it had us wondering what the Toronto Public Library has done about it. Len Smith, facilities manager for libraries in that area, said he is “100 per cent sure” that debris between the buildings is not causing problems, and that there is no water damage. Smith said he hasn’t fielded any complaints or seen a work order to fix a problem relating to the debris. The library building is about 100 years old and has structural issues, he said, which have nothing to do with the work next door. We suggested he might want to ask property standards to enforce a bylaw that would require the rubble to be cleaned up, which he agreed is a good idea.
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