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A body has been found after a fire at this Toronto site which is now up for sale for $4 million

If you pass by Bathurst and Dupont streets, you will probably recognize this gaping hole between two shops.

It’s been there since about 2009, when the building that was previously a children’s showcase and nonprofit resource center for young families burned down.

While most people managed to escape from 1079 Bathurst Street unscathed, a body was found in the rubble a few days later when the building was demolished.

Renderings of what building could fit in the space.

News sources speculated that the body belonged to one of the occupants, Marie Speck, who alerted everyone else in the building to the fire.

“All occupants are safe, thanks to the actions of Marie Speck,” police said at the time.

1079 Bathurst Street Toronto

The floor area is 2,900 square feet.

Now the land, which has sat empty since 2009, is listed at $3,900,000.

The 28 by 103 foot lot is being sold to developers or investors as it is currently zoned for residential and commercial construction.

1079 Bathurst Street Toronto

Mixed-use rental building designed by Melillo Architects Incorporated.

According to the listing, the site has been approved to develop a five-storey commercial residential building which includes shops on the ground floor and seven residential units above with lockers and parking.

Building permits have yet to be obtained, but the listing says they are “coming soon”.

1079 Bathurst Street Toronto

The last update on approvals dates back to 2021.

Location wise, this is a premium lot – in the heart of the Annex, close to the University of Toronto, Yorkville and public transit lines.

Permits are also likely to be issued as Toronto desperately needs more housing.

But the site’s unfortunate history could make selling this property a little trickier than usual.

That being said, locals are eager to see construction soon, so hopefully whoever takes over the property doesn’t believe in ghosts or bad juju.