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Sam the Record Man sign could be mounted next to Yonge-Dundas Square

A staff report up for debate next week recommends the historic Sam the Record Man sign be mounted on the roof of a city-owned building next to Yonge-Dundas Square.

Deputy City Manager John Livey said after much consultation, his staff has found the Toronto Public Health building at Dundas and Victoria streets would be the “most appropriate location.”

He also proposed creating a temporary music facility in the vacant building next door, at 38 Dundas St. E., for music development, promotion and tourism.

He said a sign pointing to the new “Toronto Music City” could anchor the Sam sign to the building.

Ryerson University would pay to install the Sam sign as well as operational and maintenance costs and be released from its agreement with the city to place the sign at the new Student Learning Centre or Gould Street Library, closer to the site where the Sam’s store stood.

Still, Livey suggests the school put up a plaque at the original site directing the public to the sign’s new location.

The city worked closely with the family of store founder Sam Sniderman, Ryerson and the Downtown Yonge BIA and considered public feedback when developing its plan.

The Planning and Growth Management Committee will consider the report on June 19, and it will go before council in early July.