Is it bad if I boo that? I think it serves the area to have some diversity of use, and it would mean less cars if residents needs could be met by popping downstairs. Or offer employment. The one unit I think is definitely commercial is the one on Cherry/streetcar loop. But I can’t figure out if it will be one big space or a couple. I think I know what you mean with the non-street facing units- cuz i recall seeing a mock up with shops and cafe tables. It would be weird to have resident patios facing onto a busy Mill while giving shops the pedestrian walkway to the south. Who can say really?
These are the Mill St frontages (western building)
Then we’ve got the southern side (western building)
I think the idea for the overall plan was to focus the commercial on Front St and have the next streets over be more quiet residential streets. Front St there isn't extremely lively right now, but with quite a few more people moving in over the next few years, that should change.
Wondering if Regent Park’s affordable development is something to look at for this. Granted they had some cultural entities take space at the ground level. We don’t even know how the school is going to look.
I like Mirvish, but the material quality and detailing here are leagues ahead. Portions of the Well are definitely up there (terracotta clad section, covered pedestrian mall), although as a whole I'd agree this project is just about the best in the city.
The Well is far below what we're getting here. What this development's got, among other things, is extraordinary materially and attention to detail. What The Well's got is a nice atrium and that it's bigly. The vastly-scaled "mid-rises" on Wellington, with their clunky window-wall, frankly are ugly. So too are the ersatz "structural" elements and cheap green glass on the office tower.