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Preliminary Report on this heading to the November 10th, TEYCC:


The City is highlighting some concerns around height and stepbacks:

ISSUES TO BE RESOLVED

Height and Transition:


The proposed building height of 13-storeys (52 metres plus a 5-metre mechanical penthouse) does not fit within the height context of this portion of Yonge Street and does not conform with Official Plan built form policies, specifically those set out in the Downtown Plan. The proposal does not provide appropriate transition between the Mixed Use Areas and Neighbourhoods designations as required in the Official Plan.

Heritage:

Heritage Planning staff have indicated that the property at 1140 Yonge Street, which is currently listed on the Heritage Register, is a significant heritage resource that should be conserved. Heritage Planning staff have identified concerns with the limited stepback above the heritage resource. Further discussion is required
 

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The heritage podium and transition to the floors above were very tastefully done from my perspective based on the renderings above. Bit disappointed with their concerns on that. The height issue might be valid but hopefully if they cut the height they are not forced to cut the quality to make up for less revenue.
 

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Shame on the planning staff.

Toronto sorely lacks high quality midrises in the 10-20 floor range. Why not axe the height of the Scrivner Square monstrosity across the street instead?

Audax put in a great effort in the design quality and inclusion of the 3 story townhomes that soften the transition to the sfh neighborhood to the west.

Can the OMB veto plannings' height objection considering the new precendent (Scrivener Square) to the east?
 
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This style Toronto needs a lot more of to bring back some of its lost history. Or at least to feel like we might have had some... that fire long ago really got rid of the gems we use to have. That style never really gets old. Bring back arches and fancy pillars. I’m all for going back in the past architecturally. Skipping the 40s-now! Since then buildings really took an odd cheap turn. And they don’t give one a since of pride to live in.
 

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Shame on the planning staff.

Toronto sorely lacks high quality midrises in the 10-20 floor range. Why not axe the height of the Scrivner Square monstrosity across the street instead?

Audax put in a great effort in the design quality and inclusion of the 3 story townhomes that soften the transition to the sfh neighborhood to the west.

Can the OMB veto plannings' height objection considering the new precendent (Scrivener Square) to the east?

Note that staff haven't turned down the application.

The 'issues to be resolved' section of Preliminary reports is standard and appears in nearly every application.

Anytime there is a conflict between an existing policy and an application that issue will need to be 'resolved'.

Like most here, I'm fond of this application and would not want to see it stifled.

The argument for a bit of a buffer to the SFH residential area (some downward transition in height) doesn't seem unreasonable on its face; though may be addressable by other means.

If planning staff muck this up, let's get on their case.

But they haven't as yet.

This is fairly pro-forma.
 
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Event Information: 1134-1140 Yonge Street - Community Consultation Meeting

Date and time:Tuesday, November 17, 2020 6:00 pm
Eastern Standard Time (Toronto, GMT-05:00)
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Duration:2 hours
Description:
The City has received an application to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit a 13-storey (52 metres plus a 5.0 metre mechanical penthouse) mixed-use building containing ground floor retail, 66 residential dwelling units, 126 parking spaces in a below-ground garage, and 78 bicycle parking spaces. The existing heritage building would be incorporated into the development.

Please visit the Site's Application Information Centre website at https://aic.to/1140YongeSt for more information.
 

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Thanks for sharing @AlbertC.
It might be a bit tall, but these kind of comments seem a bit dramatic..
“We (Carmichael) think this building is about twice as tall as it should be,”
"He (Layton) hopes that the height will be lowered by the developer to allow better transitions, but said the city is “prepared to fail” in that battle."
 

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right next to a subway station, across from a 21 storey glass building that has been approved, with plans of building something beautiful and high performing and end user not investor driven, and they think this brings down the value and is out of context?
i am excited to see staples go and have those arches open to something more interesting than paper and ink.
 

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From the article Mr. Albert linked...

"Layton noted that the height would tower over nearby properties, creating a 'dramatic change to the character of the properties.' Gradual transitions are meant to limit the impact on surrounding properties, so one doesn’t 'dominate' over the other, Layton said."

Do they even realize whats already there? I mean, there's that honking big clock tower that's been there since the dawn of Confederation time. Plus all those 10 to to 21 story buildings that have been there or planning to be there. Along with eyesore tennis court clubs, an industrial set of rail tracks and respective pigeon incubating bridge straight out of a Batman movie. I could go on. Character suggests anything goes there currently that doesn't really block said clock tower!
 

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At the Community Consultation last night the bulk of the neighbourhood worries were in equal measure: height/transition (13 storeys oh dear) and traffic (having to wait to turn onto Yonge street from Marlborough) - same old.
There were some defenders who spoke up for the architectural design, height and heritage.
 
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The Staples store is now closed:

Dec 2, 2020

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