For developer Chris Harhay his first memory of the old Red Door shelter plays back like a TV commercial.
He was a touring a property formerly owned by the United Church at Queen Street East and Logan Avenue in 2016 with an eye to building condos in what was then the Red Door’s quarters.
“A little kid comes out with a stuffed bear, and I looked around at the conditions of the shelter and they were less than favourable,” said Harhay. “It was in disrepair and it just pulled at your heart strings.”
He immediately thought: “I could build a great shelter for these people at less cost than the city. Here’s an opportunity to do something great.”
In the end, Harhay Developments built 122 condos above streetfront retail space.
But, in a rare confluence of civic flexibility, creativity and goodwill, a new Red Door shelter has also been incorporated