the fact that buildings like this are getting demolished and replaced but the 2 storey houses directly behind it are sacrosanct is a crime against this planet.
There are precedents - 7. St. Thomas - it can be done a bit more aggressive if it is coordinated with development on the entire block.
As the existing homes in this block are not heritage, they can all be cleared, but the illusion of their scale can be replicated along St.Nicholas.
As to this site, I wish they can keep the existing building and build a point tower to the west - aligned with the "wing" of the existing building. I am sure there will be separation issues with the site next door though.
They'll move them or accept the 10:1 replacement requirement for removal. There's no way a tree sitting on the interior of the site will prevent development here.
The tree by-law, in general does not allow for saving a tree directly in the way of an otherwise legal development proposal.
However, the compensation rises, based on the size of the tree (more plantings and/or cash result)
The City may, in informal discussions try to preserve some of the trees.
This is the closest in recent memory:Wow, planning to demolish a 24 storey apartment building - has anything on a similar scale been done in Toronto before? I can't think of an example.
That site is still underutilized today even years later with no word of future use. A surface lot next to a giant parking garage. I get it'll probably be used for future hospital expansions but it feels like they are working on every other site other than that one. I hope plans are coming soon because it's really quite sad with unused land so close to a prime subway station.
As for 25 St Mary, I don't particularly think the site is too underused, I quite enjoy the unique shape and white brick, but I am curious to see how large they are going to go here. It's strange this one is starting up yet those two abandoned buildings on Yonge that is next to this site have gone quiet for a while now. So much prime land yet to build on.