- Oct 17, 2008
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Yes, Freed deserves praise and respect for looking after such details in the execution of his projects.
Great infill. Wood panelling is an inspired touch. So rare and refreshing to have a developer who actually cares about the aesthetics of his finished product, rather than just the bottom line.
500 Wellington is a fantastic project, but I don't know, does Freed deserve the praise, or does Core? The +/- $900 psf selling price of 500 Wellington allowed Core to carry through details to a high standard. Any good architect would love to see this happen on all of their projects, but usually these refinements get cut due to bottom line. If Freed didn't allow for these refinements he'd be shooting himself in the foot. Got to hand it to him for recognizing the market and taking the risk though.
I'm pissed that Freed, having already bulldozed the entire Front/Bathurst site, also plans to demolish the Sherwin Williams building and the 5 storey 120 yr old brick warehouse behind Waddingtons/650 King. All of these are great buildings that should be retained and incorporated. They are the substance of King West. They are solid, beautiful, historic, and dense enough to be viable. They house the design firms, creative industries, and studios that made King West so appealing in the first place. These activities are being forced out, one by one.
Does Freed really care about the subtle qualities that make a place great? Or is Freed a suburban kid that saw a market: good design (by others), neighbourhood 'vibe' (by others). The fact that he keeps pushing densities too far, watering down good architecture too far (thompson res), tearing down good buildings (better than the ones that replace them), is starting to make me disillusioned. He's made his millions. And millions. When is he going to start giving back?