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1409 Gerrard St E (w of Hiawatha, 5s, Mark Nawrocki Architect)

AlbertC

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Application for a new 3-storey building to replace the current 3-storey building. Not a high impact site, but still a bit underwhelming. Could've tried going for another storey or two.



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This got bumped up to 5 storeys.

From a Jan 5, 2022 resubmission:

REVISED (dated Jan '22) proposal for a 5-storey mixed-use building containing 6 dwelling units above 1 retail unit at grade. Total GFA is 634.8m2 (588.8m2 of residential and 46m2 of retail). Two parking spaces are proposed.



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On the one hand, we definitely need more fine-grained density as is proposed. There are so many unremarkable one and two storey buildings on walkable main street retail areas that could be redeveloped this way to make the city more metropolitan.

On the other hand, the existing building has much more character than its replacement. It appears to have been an Edwardian house that was converted into a mixed-use building while retaining its character.
 

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Yeah, cases like this can certainly be enigmatic. I'll go a bit further and say that the replacement has pretty poor architecture. But in terms of functional form, it does provide increased residential spaces while maintaining a retail usage at the base.

Small scaled, lower profile site intensifications can sometimes be tough to find a balance. Often budgets, initiatives towards design, or even just means and resources to make it happen are factors that get in the way. The long neglected and dormant property on the SW corner of Davenport & Symington comes to mind:

 

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Not jazzed by the design either but at least it went up to 5 stories. That's a win in my book, however small, and it helps, in its own small way, to raise the bar for more development along this strip.
 

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