I was at the community meeting this evening with Adam Vaughan and representatives of Context talking about ideas for the large site at the north-east corner of Front and Bathurst. It's basically a whole city block - everything on the Front/Bathurst/Niagara block west of the Aloft hotel.
It was quite an unusual and bold idea. Some details:
- A large (600+ units) residential building, built along the perimeter of the site, with large public courtyard in the middle. Public access would be guaranteed, and there would be routes *through* the building/courtyard creating mid-block connections and shortcuts for pedestrians.
- Height varies from ~10 storeys on Niagara to ~17 on Front.
- Sloped roofline is used to create steps, which produce large grassy terraces, essentially back yards for penthouse units.
- Large, high-quality retail units planned at grade along Front and Bathurst.
They said it was still in the rough stages, and much more work needed to be done, but that was the general idea they were working with.
It was pretty exciting to see it.