...more images from tonight's public-consultation meeting...

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79 and 81 Granby Street - Notice of Intention to Designate a Property under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act

Summary


This report recommends that City Council state its intention to designate the properties at 79 and 81 Granby Street under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act for their cultural heritage value.

Located on the south side of Granby Street, between Church and Yonge Streets, the two, semi-detached residential properties at 79 and 81 Granby Street were built in 1891. The pair is a representative example of semi-detached Victorian-era dwellings designed in the Bay-and-Gable architectural style.

Understood together with the adjacent designated heritage properties at 414-418 Church Street, the semi-detached dwellings at 79 and 81 Granby Street form part of a collection of five Victorian-era buildings that were completed in 1891 by the same original owner, local merchant and real estate developer Robert Kidney.

The properties at 79 and 81 Granby Street also comprise part of a broader collection of surviving representative examples of an early period of land development in the McGill-Granby community that continues to define and maintain remaining portions of late-19th century streetscapes today, including the adjacent heritage properties at 77 Granby Street (1884) and 76-84 McGill Street (1889).

The properties at 79 and 81 Granby Street were listed together on the City’s Heritage Register on June 8, 2021.

Heritage Planning staff have undertaken research and evaluation and determined that the two subject properties meet Ontario Regulation 9/06, the criteria prescribed for municipal designation under Part IV, Section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act under all three categories of design, associative and contextual values. As such, the properties are significant built heritage resources.

In June 2019, the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 (Bill 108) received Royal Assent. Schedule 11 of this Act included amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act. The Bill 108 Amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act came into force on July 1, 2021, which included a shift in Part IV designations related to certain Planning Act applications. Section 29(1.2) of the Ontario Heritage Act now restricts City Council's ability to give notice of its intention to designate a property under the Act to within 90 days after the City Clerk gives notice of a complete application.

On March 18, 2021 the City received an application to amend the zoning by-law to permit the redevelopment of the site with a 39-storey mixed-use building that includes the creation of 319 purpose-built rental units. The existing heritage buildings at 79-81 Granby Street are proposed to be demolished. A Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) completed by GBCA and dated October 13, 2021 was submitted to support the application. Two earlier versions of the HIA were submitted March 11, 2021 and June 11, 2021.

The development application currently under review was deemed complete following the new legislation coming into force. This Notice of Intention to Designate report must be considered by City Council before July 29, 2022.

Designation under the Ontario Heritage Act enables City Council to review proposed alterations for the properties, enforce heritage property standards and maintenance, and refuse demolition.
 
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New info updated to the DB. Along with also new renderings. The total unit count increased from 319 units to 372 units. The total storey changed from 39 storeys to 44 storeys. height changed from 129.60m to 147.85m. Total vehicle parking was reduced from 50 parking to 4 parking. Finally, total bike parking changed from 319 bike parking to 420 bike parking.

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New renderings are updated in the database. The rendering is taken from the architectural plan via Rezoning submission. Storey count changed from 44 storey to 45 storey. The unit count changed from 372 units to 373 units. The height changed from 147.85m to 153.23m. The car parking was reduced from 4 car parking to 0 car parking. Finally, the total bike parking changed from 420 bike parking to 404 bike parking.

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I like the renderings of this one. Another non glass rectangle always scores points with me.
 
Saw some activity on this one.............

Sure enough, there was a resubmission in January '24:

From the Cover Letter:

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New Renders:

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* note to @Paclo or others inclined to spend time on graphics, Most of the renders above, I think, translated well here, but were reduced to 20% to 30% in size in order to move them over.

The full height shot above did not translate as well.......I had to bring it down to 10%.

For added convenience, the AIC link:

 

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