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Quick history refresher:


The former Ridpath's Furniture store was a 3-storey building in Tudor Revival style. Ridpath's was founded in 1907 by John Ridpath and was sold by his family after his death in the 1950s. Ridpath's Furniture occupied this building from its construction in 1928 until the company's closure in 2011.

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The Ridpath's building is a good example of commercial Tudor Revival style. Features include side-gable roof, heavy timber beams in the interior, and the decorative facade.

The building was listed on the Toronto Heritage Property Register in 1974.

The building is currently home to The Dalton School, established in 2012.

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Love the subtle sloped cantilever on the East facade. Hopefully it ends up looking more like the Ritz Carlton rather than Yorkville Plaza II's version of it.
 

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Commentary from Mike Layton and a local rep:


However, local councillor Mike Layton said the proposal does not leave enough space between the current buildings adjacent to the site.

“There are some serious proximity issues, particularly at the rear of the site,” he said. “We, generally speaking, don’t approve buildings with windows facing that close to one another.”

Layton said that the proposal leaves windows just metres from each other, so residents would essentially be looking into each others’ homes.

Greater Yorkville Residents’ Association’s (GYRA) director of community planning (and former Toronto chief city planner), Paul Bedford, said the close distance would “destroy completely” the existing living environment for residents adjacent.

“All of their windows, balconies, and everything else would be impacted by this new building substantially,” he said.

Bedford also pointed out that an application for the Yorkville site was already submitted to the city years ago and was rejected by city planners, city council, and the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in 2014.

He said the OMB was “crystal clear” in its decision, saying that the area was not right for high rises but preferred mid-rises.

“I’m really amazed that this new application has come back and ignored all that,” he said. “[McMurrich] is a mid-rise street, not a high-rise street.”
 

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No surprise here, this one is the subject of an Appeal Report (off to the OLT) coming to the next meeting of TEYCC:


Honestly, Planning is so down on this one that it probably should have seen a Refusal Report.

Planning clearly thinks it has a pretty tight case here that this is a 'No'; and I'm inclined to agree. I also take the view that giving Gupta a hard time is something Planners should be given a bonus for given the dreck he foists on our fair city.

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