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630 SPADINA AVE
Ward 20 - Tor & E.York District


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Type Number Date Submitted Status
OPA & Rezoning 18 161814 STE 20 OZ May 18, 2018 Application Received
 

am29

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I always thought this church and the white building beside it at the corner of Spadina and Harbord had lots of potential.
 
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What kind of potential? The church is already an impressive landmark that's open to the public. I'd love to see it rebuilt as an even grander church, but that doesn't seem to be the trend nowadays.
It was originally an even more impressive landmark - the church lost the steeple in a fire in the late 1800s and it was never rebuilt.

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Updated application description:
Official Plan Amendment application to permit the redevelopment of the site based on one of two proposed concepts, both of which would retain the existing place of worship. Concept one proposes the development of a 14-storey apartment building where the existing Fellowship Centre is currently located. Partial demolition (maintenance and relocation west of the east and north facades) of the existing semi-detached dwelling (Knox House) and the development of a 6-storey mixed use building with ground floor retail and residential above is also proposed. A privately-owned publicly-accessible space is proposed at the northeast corner of the site. Concept two similarly proposes the demolition of the existing Fellowship Centre and the development of a 14-storey apartment building. The existing semi-detached dwelling (Knox House) is proposed to be demolished and replaced with a privately-owned publicly-accessible space and surface parking lot. The site is proposed to be redesignated from Neighbourhoods to Mixed Use Areas.
 

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All 3 properties included in the application are Listed on the heritage register. They are not however included in the adjacent Harbord Village Heritage District.
 

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Is the Fellowship Centre that little one-storey Modernist pavilion just south of the church proper? It'd be a shame to lose that.
 

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I prefer Concept 1 with the relocated heritage buildings to Concept 2, which demolishes them and provides a larger POPS space at the corner, a more dramatic church entrance, and retains some of the parking.
 
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not sure why they would even bother submitting option 2. It removes the heritage building and leaves an 8 spot surface parking lot in the middle of downtown.. Why would the city ever say "yes" to that?
 

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There should be an option 3 - leave the heritage house alone and perhaps give a couple extra storeys to the building to the south. Perhaps it's just that the massing plan is preliminary but the added floors on the heritage house look awful.
 

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