- A reduction in total height from 142.8 m to 116 m, and a reduction of the podium height from 7 stories to 6 stories.
- An increase in the tower plate from 750 m2 to 890 m2, a change that makes up for much of the density lost in the height reduction.
- Reduced size of individual retail units to suit smaller scale retailers, and a reduction in total retail space from 2770 m2 to 515 m2.
- Relocation of the main building entrance to the middle of the building on Wood Street, with units east of the main entrance replaced by townhouses intended for live/work usage.
One of the major concerns that still exists is the impact of shadow on the schoolyard and students. The new shadow study revealed a shadow that already touches the schoolyard at 10:00 am, and by noon covers almost half of the schoolyard and crosses over the school itself. At 2:00 pm, during afternoon recess, the majority of the schoolyard is covered by shadow. Although there has been a reduction to the overall shadow cast by the building, much of the reduction in shadow exists outside the schoolyard area. It was suggested that the community should continue to advocate for the height and width of the building to be reduced to the point that there is no new net shadow on the schoolyard. Other concerns included overcrowding at the school, the potential loss of playground and sport field space to portables, and safety concerns for students as a result of increased traffic caused by the location of the parking garage and garbage bay entrance in a laneway off of Wood Street.
The meeting concluded with an acknowledgement that more discussion and engagement with the community is needed as the application goes forward. The creation of a powerful Impact Statement will be a key component of the City's presentation to the Toronto and East York Community Council. Parents were advised to allow the City to focus on problems with the development in terms of the Growth Plan and Official Plan, and to focus their feedback on the specific challenges for their school, children, and families. What are the pressures on and limitations of the school as it exists now? What kind of support and resources would the community need if the development goes ahead as planned?
We will continue to provide updates on this process as they become available, both on our website and our Facebook page.