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From the July WTDRP Presentation:

http://waterfrontoronto.ca/nbe/wcm/connect/waterfront/12f4f8c8-690e-48e0-acea-8f24837dbefd/Design+Review+Panel+Meeting+Presentation+-+Block+12,+West+Don+Lands+-+July+26,+2017.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

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Not so hot about this very early iteration.

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It's a long building, yet it repeats the same forgettable cladding patterns over and over again. The monotonous architecture and all the units facing the street will make walking past the building a boring experience. A better mix of uses along the long sides of the building like a finer mix of residences, amenity space, and retail would better animate the public realm. It needs more detail and refinement.
 
How utterly forgettable, at least at this point. Are we sure this is aA?
 
Update:
At Waterfront Toronto's July Design Review Panel, plans were presented for one of the Canary District's remaining project sites, on the south side of Front between Rolling Mills and Tannery roads, and known in planning lingo as Block 12. With the post-Pan and Parapan Am transition already completed for existing buildings, only a few lots await completion. Canary Block condos on Block 16 across Front Street to the north (now sold out) are set to start construction this fall, while plans are to launch Block 13, across Tannery Road to the east, are for early next year.
 
With the right detailing the north and south ends might turn out okay. Wonder what material they have in mind for those soffits.

But it's a shame this parcel didn't get cut into 2 separate development sites. The future of the streetscape along Rolling Mills Rd seems about as dreary as its name implies.
 
With the right detailing the north and south ends might turn out okay. Wonder what material they have in mind for those soffits.

But it's a shame this parcel didn't get cut into 2 separate development sites. The future of the streetscape along Rolling Mills Rd seems about as dreary as its name implies.

It is to only bad this wasn't broken up but at least so far they have done a good job introducing some finer grain retail along Front Street than you'd normally expect -- as long as this retail is a grocery store it will keep things busy.
 
Other than the Front St elevation, it's... surprisingly short? I guess since it's so long they can't go too high without it feeling bulky. The north & south elevations are OK, but I do wish they broke up the massing a bit.

I like how the last rendering shows the vacant lot to the east as though it's a park with benches and such. If anyone buys on that side without doing their due diligence they're gonna be mad.
 
If they even do a simple site visit to the property they will see the huge "future development site" signs up around that plot.
 

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