Selkirk Avenue has yet another burned out lot after a fire destroyed the house at 502 Selkirk Avenue. It is one of a number of fires in the past couple of years that has been weeding out its mixed-use buildings.
Selkirk has had rough times since the 1980s as businesses began to leave and social services moved in to take their places. Despite infusions of government money, the losses continued. An interesting stat I found while researching this building's history is that, according to the Selkirk BIZ, between 2005 and 2011, 75 of the 125 businesses within its catchment area disappeared.
That trend continues as business owners retire and nobody wants to take over. This was the case with The Windmill closed in 2017. Its hard to imagine the Donut House or Ideal Lighting would continue on business on the street when the time comes.