The Working Group on Graywood Development's proposal for a 15-storey midrise at 506-516 Church Street (Crews / Tangos), met for a second time on January 18.
The group, of which CWNA is a member, is discussing the proposal and site plan from the economic and cultural perspective of the Church Wellesley Village, with the aim of preserving and protecting the historical significance, character and culture of the Village.
According the group's Terms of Reference, it "will review the Zoning Application, which involves the review of the building’s height, massing, setbacks, angular plane, cultural and heritage conservation, and land use designations. The Working Group will also review the Site Plan application, when submitted, which involves the review of features such as the building design and materials, site access and servicing, lighting and safety, waste storage, parking, loading and landscaping."
The first Working Group meeting was held on December 1. The January 18 meeting followed up on several aspects of the proposal that had been brought up at the December meeting, notably the relationship of the building to the streetscape and feel of the Village. Graywood proposes that the Crews / Tangos building be partially preserved to a depth of 5 metres. A bar / restaurant space remains a part of the plan.
Graywood will now take away comments from the second Working Group meeting and resubmit a revised plan to the City in March. A community consultation, open to the public, will be scheduled to follow the resubmission.
On February 2, City Council approved the final report on a revitalized downtown Yonge Street, dubbed YongeTOmorrow.
YongeTOmorrow proposes a full and flexible redesign of the street from Queen Street north to College Street, where sidewalks will be expanded, vehicle lanes modified, restaurant patios extended and street furniture and streetscape elements added.
The Yonge TOmorrow Environmental Study Report (ESR) will now be finalized and submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks and will be subject to a 30-day public review period. Following provincial approval, the project will then develop a detailed design along with construction phasing and schedules. Construction is expected to start in 2023.
Looking further forward, the redesign of Yonge Street north between College Street and Davenport Road, as well as the redesign of Church Street are one step closer.
See the final report here.
The fate of 2 Carlton Street, which was first proposed for re-development in 2016, will soon be determined.
The proposal calls for a 73-storey tower replacing the heritage listed mid-century modern 18-storey office tower that currently stands there. The City opposed the application and it was appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT, formerly the OMB) by the developer, Northam Realty Advisors (Carlton Tower Limited).
During the development application process, two Working Group meetings focussing on the site plan were held with affected parties, including the CWNA; a third meeting is to be scheduled.
On January 4, 2021, the City received a settlement offer from the developer. A case management conference/settlement hearing has been scheduled at the LPAT for March 18, 2021.