I have been expecting this application for awhile, having hinted at it elsewhere...........but it now arrived in the AIC.
The proposal to redevelop the Metro supermarket at Bloor and Robert, just west of Spadina on the south side.
Site as is:
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City Planning COA Application Information Center
From the Docs:
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North and East elevations above
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0.14 parking ratio
Now for a bit of throwback, this site was first evaluated by the City for its potential in the Bloor Street Visioning Study in 2009:
In that study, we find this image:
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and this one: (oddly for the same study, if you look carefully you'll see the Bloor frontage of this site represented differently from the above)
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Also from the plan:
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Comments: Density and Height are consistent w/the above study and the City's vision for this site. On that level, this should have no problem.
The architecture, shows some aspiration in respect of using brick and making use of arches; though I'm not entirely convinced it comes together as it could/should.
Where this proposal comes up short, to me, is the public realm treatments proposed.
As I've shown above, the City once dreamed big in terms of public space here, there is surely no better time to contemplate that than this proposal. Consideration must be given to special paving treatment for Robert Street and the sidewalk adjacent to Trinity Church and integrating that w/the existing park(let) on Metro's flank.
Further, Bloor here is to be a 'Great Street'; yet the sidewalk here shows no street trees.
On that latter point, the Bloor sidewalk (south side) from Robert to Spadina is severely challenged in size (its narrow).
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As one can see, this is, in part, due to the presence of street parking on the north side of the street. That parking, which provides only ~5 spaces should be eliminated and some of the surplus reallocated to sidewalk width on the south side, as well as buffering the Cycle Tracks on both sides of Bloor.
The left hand turn lane at Spadina also encumbers sidewalk width. Removing it, operationally, might be a challenge, but should be considered. If done, this would likely require a partial or complete left-turn ban at Spadina.
It would also be nice to see an off-site parkland acquisition proposal that fulfilled one of the new/expanded park proposals for this area outlined in TO Core.
The closest of these is the proposed extension of Joseph Burr Tyrrell Park eastwards to Walmer.
Not mentioned in the reports, that I can see is what will happen to the supermarket............but no worries........its staying in the area; something they will almost certainly have to say publicly to get this one to flow smoothly.