Application for 10-story condo to go ahead without major changes.
At a public meeting held September 20th at St. Pius X school, the BWVRA Executive presented its objections to the 10-storey condominium tower (see image) proposed for the site.
The BWVRA presentation (PDF, 1.6Mb) included a series of proposed design changes which were developed with the help of the Office of Urbanism, and were based on what the Urban Design Study (PDF, 9.5 Mb) recomends for this highly visible “gateway” location in the Village.
Objections/suggestions included that the upper floors be moved back from the front property line on Bloor to make it less dominant, and that it not be built right to the side lot lines, which would present blank facades up and down Bloor Street (see image).
The City Planning Department representative expressed his appreciation for the positive contribution, while the developer Paul Wynn was uncommittal.
However, Wynn subsequently agree to meet with representatives of the BWVRA and Office for Urbanism to discuss their concerns.
Architect David Pontarini and Mr. Wynn did so on October the 7th. It was repeated that the proposal fails to meet almost all of the criteria set out in the Urban Design Study. It was made clear that our efforts were to make it a better and more successful building, as well as one that would be more acceptable to the community.
Mr. Wynn committed only to reviewing the proposals.
Two weeks later, Mr. Wynn stated that it would be too difficult to carry out the suggested design changes. He stated that only cosmetic adjustments would be made to the building’s sides.
The Developer said he would submit the proposal for the required zoning changes (for height and density increases) at the January meeting of the Community Council.
The BWVRA Executive plans to meet again with Ward 13 Councillor Bill Saundercook to discuss the application. Options include making a presentation to the Community Council to oppose the developer’s request for re-zoning. We will post another update after our meeting with Councillor Saundercook.
More pictures of the proposed building, and the illustrations of how it exceeds allowed zoning in the submission are available in the presentation from the BWVRA and Office for Urbanism (also linked above — PDF, 1.6Mb).
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