It's been a while and I'm unsure if Fleeting posted the pictures from our explore of this wonderfully gigantic place, but I want to post my pictures (read: finally do something with them and put them into my storage drive!)
The site has been closed up since early 2016, when Torstar Corporation, owners of the Star, finalized plans to switch their printing to a contract deal with Transcontinental Printing. The plant first opened in 1992, and employed around three-hundred people at the time it shut down.
To begin with, the security booth at the entrance had a comically huge camera, but the site's under massive renovations, and we were unsure if the power had been kept on. After a minute of consideration, we decided to crawl underneath the front gate, since the camera was an older one which monitored the site when it was still active. (as opposed to a newer monitoring camera which would most likely be live-feed into a security office.)
The entry we used was a little hasty, as I didn't feel like scouting out all the entrances of the huge facility and just wanted to get out of any lines of sight.
This is it: (credit goes to Fleeting for the picture)
~Thirty feet of climbing atop a wall adorned with rebar sticking straight out of the top, fifteen to twenty foot drop on either side, both into some nice looking mud puddles. Excellent.
You should have seen our faces when we found open doors and holes in the wall on the ground floor.
Well, if anything, we took the scenic route.
Amazingly long corridors and open warehouse space, now occupied partly by construction equipment and contractor's leavings.
Locker rooms, mechanical, miscellaneous storage of some equipment from the printing in the downstairs, I believe, along with some offices and various areas... the main floor offices to the right of the front entrance have been repurposed as the site office.
I really can't say all that much about this place aside from "geezy Pete's, that's a big 'splore!", so... yup! My feet were quite sore after all that walking.
Go and discover this thing for yourselves, it's really interesting!
Ultra special thanks to Fleeting for taking me along!
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