By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express
A significant part of downtown Oshawa’s history has transformed into a dazzling piece of its present and future.
Fourteen 1/2 is a recently-completed development on King Street East in Oshawa, offering exclusive and beautifully-designed suites ranging from studios to two-bedrooms with dens.
Naturally located at 14 1/2 King St. E. in downtown Oshawa, Arthur Lovell and Diana (Lovell) Kirk serve as the owners.
These names will be familiar to many Oshawa residents, as they are part of one of the city’s most notable families.
The Lovells have owned and operated one of the largest independent drug store chains in Ontario for more than 100 years.
That rich sense of tradition ties strongly with Fourteen 1/2, which is located in a building that has stood in the community for nearly 160 years.
In the time since the building’s construction, it has seen many uses and incarnations, most notably as The Borsberry Music Hall.
The music hall occupied the second and third floors of the building above the storefronts and included a 28′ x 35′ stage, seating for 700 patrons, dressing rooms, and a dining hall.
A mural celebrating the music hall was completed by artist Brian Romagnoli at 31 Celina Street in 1997.
Over the past few years, the Lovells and their partners worked tirelessly to restore the historic building to its former glory, now offering modern living in downtown Oshawa, while maintaining appreciation and attention to the historic details.
The suites at Fourteen 1/2 feature “open-concept” living with plenty of natural light, kitchen and laundry facilities, and other modern amenities.
Limited on-site and off-site parking is available for an additional monthly fee.
The quality of living at Fourteen 1/2 is matched by its convenience.
Located steps away from one of Oshawa’s busiest and most major intersections, it is on the main transit line for Durham Region Transit, around the corner from GO Transit’s Oshawa terminal, and minutes away from the Oshawa GO Transit station.
Just away from the doorstep is a wide range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and notable Oshawa attractions, such as The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Public Library, Parkwood Estate, and the Tribute Communities Centre.
A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Fourteen 1/2 last month and was attended by the Lovells and other members of their team, as well as Mayor Dan Carter and other members of council.
Before presenting Arthur and Diana with a certificate of recognition, Carter spoke about the importance of Fourteen 1/2 to the city and the downtown, something he is “personally grateful for.”
Carter said Oshawa is going through a “period of transformation,” and it’s only natural that the Lovell family, given their rich history, is part of it.
“Part of that change is happening right here on King Street. We’ve been able to witness many different investments, but… this project plays such a significant role, not only historically, but it also shows us we’re alive, we’re healthy, we’re vibrant, and this is a great place to invest in,” Carter told Arthur and Diana.
“Thank you on behalf of the citizens of the great city of Oshawa,” he added.
For more information or to view floor plans of available suites, visit fourteen1-2.com
The Fourteen 1/2 team can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-723-2277.