November 18th, 2010
Construction on the Milliken Centre [map] by Mady Development Corporation is well underway, and the Buzz team popped up to Markham for a little peep.
Located at Steeles and Midland, the Milliken Centre is a condominium, townhouse and commercial-space project that will bring pedestrian bustle to this busy intersection.
One of the more unique aspects of the Milliken Centre is its incorporation of a 1920s heritage-designated schoolhouse that resides on the site.
Built in 1929, the Milliken Public School served this rural crossroads community for 39 years, until its closure in 1968–after which it was a private school. It is a good example of the Collegiate Gothic style institutional architecture, the only example in the Town of Markham.
As a heritage building, Mady Development chose to incorporate the school’s south facade (and portions of the east and west side walls) as an entrance; the interior doors and sidelights will also be preserved and integrated into the new Milliken Centre.
The heritage facade will serve as an entrance to the Milliken Centre’s lobby.
Here is the rear section of the building, which faces the 12 townhomes, and will contain commercial units as well.