Submitted to the city on June 18, a yet-to-be-named development company has requested a rezoning of 243 College Street to permit the construction of a 30-storey mixed-use building. The application proposes a building that will contain 342 square metres of retail space at-grade, 3,792 square metres of office space and 121 residential units. Also included in the application are 69 underground parking spaces. Currently occupied by a five-storey office conversion, the building is of heritage value, although it currently lacks formal designation by the city. Below is an image of the site as it currently appears:

Proposed site for 30-storey mixed-use building at 243 College Street, TorontoThe brick office building in the centre of the image would be demolished for the development, image from Google Earth

Substantially exceeding the height permitted on the site, the project will no doubt run into stiff opposition from neighbourhood groups. These groups have already mobilized to object to Knightstone Capital's planned residence on the neighbouring site immediately to the west, a project that the city has recently refused to approve at 24 storeys. Given the complete lack of community consultation and the precedent set by the city's refusal of the neighbouring redevelpment, it is unlikely that the project as currently proposed will survive without major alterations. We will continue to follow the development and update the story as more information is made available.

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