This was previously a Sears outlet store, and before that, a warehouse. To the immediate south is a facility where concrete structures (culverts, utility holes) are built, with several permanent cranes installed. I think that's the only yellow flag for this development. The Region of Peel recently built a social housing tower just to the east, at Hanson Street, so there's precedent for new residential development on the south side of Queen here, which has been industrial and low-value commercial since the 1960s.
The city has been building some very attractive community centres and libraries recently, but I'd agree that most other newer buildings are, at best, forgettable.
A revised application is being recommended for approval:
A two-phased development:
Phase 1: 2 towers with heights of 33 and 38 storeys 1,860.05 sq. m of commercial space, 8,688.05 sq. m of office space,
50,238.31 sq. m of Residential: 652 units comprised of: 12 - studio units 173 - one bedroom units 120– one bedroom + den units 194 - two bedroom units 144 – two bedroom + den units 9 – three bedroom units
Phase 2: 32 storey tower with30,562 sq. m of residential: 374 units comprised of: 30 - studio units 86 - one bedroom units 95 – one bedroom + den units 105 - two bedroom units 10 – two bedroom + den units 48 – three bedroom units
A total of 934 underground parking spaces, including 729 parking spaces for residential, commercial, and office components, 205 visitor parking spaces
There were delays due to sanitary sewer capacity in the area, and Phase 2 will be held subject to the opening of the new east-west public road and satisfaction from TRCA.