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Downtown Data Centre 
281 Front St E, Toronto
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Downtown Data Centre | ?m | 4s | Urbacon

Discussion in 'Buildings' started by FNTS, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. FNTS

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    ˆ It seems to have just started, or at least some sort of demolition is going on at the back of the Library building today

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    Here's the permit:

    Application: Demolition Folder (DM) Status: Permit Issued

    Location: 281 FRONT ST E
    TORONTO ON M5A 4L2

    Ward 28: Toronto Centre-Rosedale

    Application#: 16 227471 DEM 00 DM Issued Date: Oct 28, 2016

    Project: Library Demolition

    Description: Proposal to demolish existing 3 storey building " Toronto Public Library Service Centre"


    DM Building Inspection Pt3
    Inspection Shanker, Gowri [​IMG]
     
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    I wonder how long they'll keep us waiting for a development application here. My choice: not long, please.

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    So I walked by here last night, and it's the first time I've noticed the data centre at night. It wasn't really lit in any way - it was a bit of a dark bulk. There were some stairwell windows on the side with lighting, but that's about it. Unless I just happened to catch it on a night when they were testing the lights or hydro, it seems a shame that the facade has no lighting whatsoever.
     
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    But in any case I will take moar terracotta panels please.

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    I heard they want a surface parking lot permit so .....
     
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    That area has enough surface parking! No thanks…

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    The King-Parliament Secondary Plan clearly says "No additional surface parking lots" but the OMB allowed on one the 154 Front site.
     
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    According to someone from city planning, the Breslers said that flooding had ruined the building to such an extent that film shoots and other revenue-generating activities could no longer take place there. They requested permission for a 'temporary' parking lot pending redevelopment within the next few years, but that would have required a Temporary Use By-Law or Committee of Adjustment, so Planning didn't support that proposal.
     
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    image.

    I remember a thread for this but cannot find it. Though hard to tell from the street there is extensive demolition happening on the interior of the site.
     
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    Not sure there is (or was?) a thread. To date any discussion seems to have been on the Data Centre thread. See http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/thread...ata-centre-m-5s-brl-realty-wzmh.19520/page-17 Not actually sure that a thread is justified (yet) as they are hoping to turn site into another surface parking lot. (The City has said 'no' but we all know what that means...
     
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    That it will soon mysteriously burn down due to a "masked arsonist"?
     
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    They have demolition permits, the city just doesn't want a surface lot operating here. They prefer vacant land to encourage redevelopment as it denies landowners the revenue from a surface lot.
     
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    That's strange, it usually takes 2-3 years for a city building application to be approved, ....so no revenue for you:eek:
     
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    I noticed on this web site they show a rendering of another data centre going in on this lot.

    http://udcsdatacentres.com/facilities/toronto/gallery/
     
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